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A Global Network of Friends

A Global Network of Friends

A Global Network of Friends By Ryan MaikeI felt honored and out of place, and at the same time I felt like I was meant to be there. We were gathering united in Jerusalem for one reason: proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Almost 2,000 delegates from 50 different...

The Spirit Came

The Spirit Came

“The Spirit Came” is really the product of how God has helped us forge friendships and partnerships across languages, nationalities, and song styles

Best Songwriting Practices

Best Songwriting Practices

My approach to writing church music comes from the ground up rather than the top down, from the byway instead of the highway. I offer these best songwriting practices as one who loves the holy church, who believes in the need for new songs, and who for twenty years has been committed to the vocation of writing songs for the church.

Search My Heart – A Song Story

Search My Heart – A Song Story

Amidst the bustle of synod preparation, the air was sweet with the sounds of new songs. It seemed the church hallways carried a different melodic tune every time the draft changed directions.  I was standing, guitar in hand, looking out into the courtyard where the...

United, Not Uniform

United, Not Uniform

United, Not Uniform A UA Retreat Story by Arend Jessurun On a weekend in January, I had the privilege to attend my first United Adoration songwriting retreat in Mountain View, CA, nestled in Silicon Valley. I haven’t had a worship experience quite like this before, in...

Sifa

Sifa

In August 2017, over 70 people from five nations gathered at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya for a three day UA songwriting retreat.

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