In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun.” For Shane & Shane, the current season can be distilled in one word: discipleship.
After more than a decade of relentless touring, where the duo played everywhere from the college circuit to worship arenas to far-flung places, Shane & Shane have shifted the focus of their ministry. Rather than cramming as many dates on the calendar as demand will allow, the dynamic praise & worship duo—known for their celebrated guitar work and trademark harmonies—are pouring their lives into others, discipling musicians and training them in their craft.
Putting their convictions into practice, the result is The Worship Initiative. What began as an organic spark of an idea has developed into an online resource and community for all things worship. More than just a digital jukebox for worship geeks, however, The Worship Initiative is a one-stop shop for training, a hothouse environment where all—musicians, worship leaders, budding songwriters—can grow and flourish in their craft and creativity and devotion to the Lord.
“Just making music and playing concerts, I know that there’s a small aspect of discipleship involved in that,” Shane Barnard says. “But we want to encourage people to go to the Fountain, enjoy the Fountain, drink from the Fountain. That’s the ethos of The Worship Initiative. Not just training in songwriting and musicianship.”
In addition to kickstarting these resources for worship leaders, there is also a new record, The Worship Initiative. The album showcases mostly other people’s worship songs, infusing them with passion and sweeping guitars and stunning harmonies. “We love this record,” Shane Everett says. “We want to set the table for people to experience the Lord on a daily basis. We want this record to really encourage people in their walk.”
Today Shane & Shane’s newest album The Worship Initiative releases and we want to give you a little taste of what you will hear on this album by offering their song “God of Ages Past” as this week’s free download. “God of Ages Past” is a song written by Shane Barnard that is essentially a vulnerable chitchat with God, one that doesn’t shy away from authentic questions. “It essentially says ‘If you really are my only hope, if you really are all that I need, if you really are the One that satisfies my heart, if those things are all true, then soften this cold, hard heart. Because I’ve got a long way to go to believe that kind of a thing.’” If you like what you hear then be sure to pick up your copy of the record available everywhere now! Enjoy!
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