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Hi, I’m Joel Gropp.

Brookfield, WI

Phone Number

(773) 805-5278

Email

[email protected]

Experience

Crimson Way Church
Worship Pastor

Education

Trinity International University
B.A. Communications

Church Affiliation

Non-Denominational

Years In Ministry

10 years

Vocals/Instruments

Tenor, Baritone, Acoustic Guitar, Keys & Piano, Drums

Skills

FOH Engineering, Lighting Design/Programming, Multi-tracks, Video Production, Web Design/Admin, Graphic Design

Tools & Software

ProPresenter, Planning Center, PowerPoint, Logic, Pro Tools, Mainstage, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop

Personal

Wife: Kelcey - married 12 years
Children: Jianna (11), Landon (9)
Personality: ENFJ

Top 3 Strengths

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Philosophy of Worship
What is your philosophy of worship?

I’d say that I have four main components to my philosophy of worship. First, I believe that worship is a response. It’s a response to His Presence, His Word, and to His Revelation. This response can take many different forms including music. I have the privilege of being someone the Lord has given the opportunity, to lead others in worship through music. Second, as I continue to read His Word and grow my own relationship with Him, I have been reminded that we’re not starting something “new” on Sunday mornings. We are simply joining in on what has been and will be happening for all eternity– worshipping the one and only God. I often remind people that I’m leading in worship that we have the opportunity to join in with what is already happening in Heaven–the continuous worship by saints, elders, and angels as they gather around His throne (Revelation 4 & 5). Third, one of the other main parts of my philosophy of worship is that I want to make sure to emphasize all three Persons of the Trinity–God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit–when possible during worship. I want to make worship about Him–all of Him–not about us. And, lastly, as I have grown in my experiences as a worship leader, I have come to realize that I want to be a PRESENT worshipper. I want to remain attuned to what the Lord is wanting to do in that moment of worship in my own heart but also in the congregation. I want to remain responsive to the Holy Spirit if there’s a pause that needs to happen, a prayer that needs to be prayed, a Scripture that needs to be read…not just going from song to song that I have prepared. The worship songs that are prepared can lead us into holy moments that require a response that we may not have initially planned but that allow the Lord to move and minister in ways that He wants to happen, and that, honestly, are amazing to be a part of and witness to.

Ideal Relationship with Lead Pastor
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and worship leader?

I have learned that the ideal relationship with any leader that I’m under includes mutual respect, trust, and teamwork. I know that I must work for a senior/lead pastor that I respect and trust their character and vision for the church. I also know that the healthiest churches are those where the pastor and staff members work toward the same vision as a team, helping each other know the “pulse” and needs of the congregation and hear correctly from the Lord in terms of the direction the church should grow. I would like to work for a leader who trusts me as a leader in the area of worship so that I have the freedom to develop the teams and systems necessary for the ministry of worship to function properly. I am a person who respects authority and the position that a senior/lead pastor has been given by the Lord, so, ultimately, I will follow their lead.

References

Bill Shereos || (262) 607-0853 || [email protected]
Lee Coakley || (708) 476-2433 || [email protected]
Carl Brannon || (847) 691-8004 || [email protected]
Rodney Webb || (414) 232-4599 || [email protected]
Favorite Worship Song

Awake My Soul

Favorite Scripture

Romans 15:13