How do you find your “mission” as a songwriter? Isn’t it just about writing songs that praise Jesus or talk about the cross or the Bible? While it includes those things, John Chisum, Managing Partner of Nashville Christian Songwriters and prolific songwriter himself, believes it goes much deeper than that and that God has greater plans to impact lives through you than you could ever imagine.
In this episode, John brings you three key insights for finding your true songwriting mission using examples from well-known Contemporary Christian Music artists such as Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and Steve Green. While these artists have had enduring music success, each of them have invested in their true calling by doing much more than music alone.
John helps you unlock your true mission as a songwriter by discussing:
- Honing in on the central themes of your life and using them to guide your songs
- Writing courageously to connect with listeners
- Why “waiting for a lucky break” is a lie
- What it means to start building a platform for your songs and ministry
- The false standard of commercial Christian music
- Seeing songwriting as ministry first, business second
- Why being heard before you’re ready is the “kiss of death”
- Why “commercial” isn’t a dirty word
- How to stop the insanity in your songwriting
- The art of receiving critique and the death of ego and pride
- Great songwriting resources
- A very special debut of “Most Holy God,” a new uptempo worship song from one of John’s songwriting clients, Chantel Waltz
- And much more!