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In the current worship culture that has shifted so heavily to performance, there is a clarion call for us to remember that we as worship leaders, are so much more than facilitators of a set list and leaders of team management…we are first and foremost called to be Pastors. Our work as songwriters and worshipers require us to be receptive to something much bigger than ourselves…the anointing of God. Worship without the anointing is simply music and a good show. We must always remember, our role as worship leader and songwriter is an honor. It does not position us for fame, but instead, conduits for God to receive his due glory.

About the speakers


Michael Farren
Michael Farren
Michael Farren is a GRAMMY Award nominated and ASCAP and Dove Award winning songwriter, producer and recording artist. His songs include “Trust In You” (Lauren Daigle), “Every Time I Breathe” (Big Daddy Weave), “Let It Rain” (Michael W. Smith), “Let The Worshipers Arise” (Phillips Craig & Dean) and “I Am Blessed” (Karen Peck & New River). Michael’s songs also have been recorded by Natalie Grant, Aaron Shust, Jaci Velasquez, Brian Free & Assurance and Finding Favor. Michael is based in Franklin, Tennessee, where he serves as worship pastor for Gateway Church.

Dustin Smith
Dustin Smith Dustin Smith, the son and grandson of pastors, has been involved in full-time ministry for 20 years as a worship leader, songwriter, preacher and teacher. Based in the Nashville area, Dustin is an Integrity Music songwriter whose albums include Rushing Waters, Coming Alive and Reach Out Your Hand: The Healing Project. His songs, including “The One That Really Matters,” “Miracles,” and “God Who Moves The Mountains,” have been recorded by a variety of artists such as Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Jesus Culture. Dustin has authored teaching resources and is part of the ministry collective Here Be Lions.