1. When and how did you know you were called to ministry?
It was the summer of 2002 and I was 19 years old. I was spending the summer at Myrtle Beach taking part in Summer Beach Project living, serving, and sharing my faith with those whom I worked with. We had weekly sessions where we would all gather for worship and teaching. It was during one of those sessions when I heard the Lord say to me, "That's what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life." He was referring to the guy who was leading us in worship.
I was completely stunned. Why? Why me? I don't know anything about worship… I don't even know how to play guitar! But, less than a year after that, I began leading worship for the youth group that I grew up in. It was pretty cool to see how the Lord took a hold of the gift He'd given me, and shaped it and molded it into what I am today.
2. How do you prepare a setlist and how do you prepare yourself for leading worship?
I do my best to spend as much time as I possibly can preparing set lists. It never turns out to be what I want it to be. The Lord always ends up putting the right songs in my head to create the best set list to fit either the purpose of the event, or the focus of the message. I prepare by simply sitting quietly and listening to what He's going to tell me. I play through so many songs every month that I can easily get focused on what the NEWEST or the TRENDIEST songs are. I have to really sit and wait for Him to guide my thoughts to what songs would be best - not what songs I'd rather play.
3. What is the most important thing you would share with an up-and-coming artist or worship leader?
The best advice that I can give is something that I've learned the hard way. It's NOT about you. It's NEVER about you. It's ALWAYS about God. It's ONLY for HIS glory. We exist solely to glorify and worship God. As a worship leader, all you've got to do is make yourself available to whatever it is that God is doing. Be flexible and able to listen to what God is telling you, even in the middle of a song. Always be more concerned about the agenda of the Kingdom than you are about your own agenda.
4. What do you see God doing in the current worship movement?
I see a generation of worshippers being raised up who are ready to change the culture of the cities and towns they live in. A generation that truly believes that there are no limits to what God can do. I see more creativity in worship than ever before and that's really cool! There's so much creativity to tap into that we, as a community of Jesus worshippers, should be on the cutting edge of music, not constantly following behind.
Established worship leader and now lead singer for rock/worship band Seven Stories Up, Andy Rocker knows without a doubt that God has placed a desire in his heart to help the next generation of worshippers choose to place their affection, adoration, and attention in Jesus Christ, the King of the universe!