Darlene Zschech Interview | Worship, Ministry & ‘Revealing Jesus’

Darlene Zschech Interview | Worship, Ministry & Revealing Jesus

Darlene Zschech is one of the most well known names in Christian music and hasn’t written some of the global churches biggest anthems; yet she doesn’t consider herself to be a songwriter doesn’t see worship leading as a way to further a career. Instead worship is relational and based on Zschech’s relationship with God and a desire to see Him lifted up and Him drawing all people to Himself.

In this interview Darlene shares her heart for worship and shares parts of her story that allowed us to know more about the person behind the music.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

“I always wanted to sing. I’ve been paid to sing full time since I was 10 years old so I always thought it’d involve music. I always wanted to be a mom. That’s all I wanted to be. I wanted to have a house full of children and love my children. That was what I wanted and I’m so thankful to God that I have my family and I have the privilege of being involved in music and being involved in mission and ministry. I can’t believe it really, it’s just beautiful.”

“Never. Not once in our married life did we say that we wanted to take on a church but it’s been one of the greatest things, I can’t believe it. We’ve had the best time at Hillsong (27 years) but for the last couple of years we were feeling frustrated, not at the church (the church is amazing) but just in ourselves. God uses that. He uses the frustration to get you out of your comfort zone and get you ready for your next season. We went on that journey and talked to Pastor Brian… It was quite miraculous how it all happened…”

What is worship (in the context of music in church)?

“I think that music and song and all creativity allows the human heart to be expressed. Nothing else quite does it like lyrics and melody. It’s a very sacred thing in fact. In the Psalms alone it says over 40 times to sing a new song. The expression of love for God from our heart can be heard through music and song. It’s beautiful and miraculous and then our Romans 12 offering, which is the whole of our life poured out as our spiritual act of worship. It’s amazing, I still get blown away by the fact that God allows us to be involved in a song which continues through eternity.”

What characteristics should a worship leader possess?

“You’ve got to love God; that’s a good start (laughs) and you’ve got to love people. As a worship leader your job is not to sing your favourite song, your job is to release the song in others, to release the worship in others to God, to metaphorically take them by the hand and point them to Christ. If you don’t like people, you’re not going to love leading worship.”

“You’ve got to be willing to change, in God’s presence we are changed from glory to glory and so if you don’t like change then you won’t like worship either because being involved in truthful worship requires us to be continually changed. It’s dying to self and flesh being yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.”

“We can teach people about music, and that’s great but an awareness of the Holy Spirit and how to listen and discern what God’s doing in a room or in a moment and how to co-ride those waves. In the end it all comes back to the heart. I’m not for people using worship to further their careers. Worship leaders have always got to remember that this is sacred territory and that it’s not about us, it’s about Jesus. If you get that sorted out early on, it’ll be a much easier ride for you.”

Do you have a formula for writing songs or do they come from moments of divine inspiration?

“It’s been a growing thing for me. Even though I’ve written lots of songs I’ve never really called myself a songwriter, I’ve never been confident in that gift but I’m diligent with it. All songs start with inspiration whether that’s through a word, a message or a moment but then there’s the discipline of finishing a song and that’s where the hard work comes in. I didn’t really write ‘Shout To The Lord,’ it literally just came to me and I just sang it, it wasn’t “written” but there’s not many songs like that.”

How is Jesus revealed in a time when there’s so much darkness?

“I think that’s our job. We are the light of the world. In Isaiah it says, “Arise, shine, for the light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Darkness covers the earth and it covers people but it’s our mission to be the light because the darker the dark is, the brighter the light, so as the church, it’s our greatest time.”

Darlene Zschech released her latest album ‘Revealing Jesus’ 17th March 2013. The album was produced by multi-GRAMMY award winning Worship Leader/artist/song writer/producer Israel Houghton. Read the album review HERE!!! 

Please keep Darlene in prayer and believe with her that she is healed of breast cancer. You can find updates on Darlene’s health on her website.

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