The pro-muso rollercoaster has prepared Grant Norsworthy for a deeper calling.
Grant achieved considerable success as a professional musician in the CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) world – including a Grammy® nomination, a Dove Award, extensive touring, recording and radio hits with bands like PC3 (Paul Colman Trio) and the “forefathers of the modern worship revival” Sonicflood.
But it became apparent that God wanted to communicate more through Grant Norsworthy than could be contained by the notes of the bass guitar alone.
Since late 2007 Grant has ministered in the US, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries around the world as an independent speaker and musician in service of the Christian Church. With an engaging blend of story-telling, illustrations, solid Bible teaching and songs, Grant skillfully uses his award-winning musicianship, freewheeling wit and uncommon candor to encourage and challenge any audience to deeper faith in Christ and good works.
With a message birthed from an intriguing personal journey profoundly impacted by the Word of God, Grant Norsworthy is uniquely qualified as a compelling voice on a number of important topics to all sincere followers of Jesus. But it’s as he provides online and onsite training for the heart and the art of worshipping musicians that Grant’s rare abilities become more obvious. This aspect of Grant’s ministry work is called More Than Music Mentor.
Interwoven with all he does, Grant is a wholehearted advocate for children living in poverty around the world. Maintaining close, strategic partnerships with global missions organizations
Grant has seen over 7,000 children find sponsors through his efforts.
Many of Grant’s stories and songs were birthed from experiences “on the field” in so-called “developing” nations like Thailand, Rwanda, The Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Encounters there – including meeting several of his family’s own sponsor children – have profoundly and irrevocably altered Grant’s faith and perspectives. He lovingly and clearly encourages audiences to connect with “the least of these”, (Matthew 25) and therefore Jesus, by caring for those who are in need.
Referencing one of his former band Sonicflood’s biggest hits “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”, Grant explains that, “Yes, we can sing of God’s love forever, but we must be God’s love now! Singing and gathering together are important ways we can express worship. But I am convinced that God commands us to worship Him – or ‘show His worth’ – by surrendering completely to Him and by being conduits, here and now, for the compassionate, self-sacrificial love of Jesus – especially towards the poor.”
Grant is married to Kiwi (and US citizen) wife Brooke. They have three rambunctious sons – Max, Marcus and Casper. When he is not traveling for ministry work, Grant can be found with his family in Nelson, New Zealand – possibly unstacking a dishwasher or building Lego.
I follow and trust in Jesus the Christ as my Lord and Savior. Through the completed work of Jesus’ death on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead, my sinfulness is forgiven and I have inherited right standing in the sight of The Creator.
I believe that I am saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus the Christ. Evidence is shown of God’s freely given grace by my obedience to His will.
His will for my life is revealed through the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit. I recognize The Bible as the inspired, written Word of God, through which God reveals truth about Himself for my life and for all people.
As a follower of Jesus, I must engage as a servant member of His Church through relationship, community and discipleship. I am a work in progress – being transformed into the likeness of Christ.
“The More Than Music Workshop that Grant taught a few years ago is still paying dividends in my music, worship, and leadership. Thanks for allowing God to use your gifts in such a tremendous way!”
“The difference before and after Grant’s coaching is ‘chalk and cheese’. Our music team has been given real insight into the higher standard that is possible as we work to create a sound that encourages worship in our church.”
“We were left with a greater vision for our worship ministry, as well as some very concrete practical steps we were ready to take in the following months.”
“Grant is an amazing man of God and a blessing to anyone who would choose to learn from him.”
“Since the workshop, positive feedback has been flooding in about the music and how much more engaged people feel.”
“We were privileged to have Grant Norsworthy with Band of Brothers – our Tuesday evening men’s group – where he shared his incredible gifts of testimony, music, voice and teaching. I would wholeheartedly recommend that if you have the chance to engage Grant, you seize it.”
“We went from having a congregation that was just listening to the worship set to one that is fully engaged, singing and connecting to what we are saying about God. It’s so great to hear everyone singing!”
“Our music/tech team is now at an entirely new level due to Grant’s encouragement.”
“Grant has a heart for God and a heart for God’s people. He has a way of challenging wrong thinking about worship in a positive, biblical, and uplifting manner.”
“Grant engages the whole church community using a skilful blend of music and speaking. Through his concise and Bible-based presentations, we are more able to see God’s heart for the poor.”
“Every worship team can benefit from Grant’s workshop. I truly believe that he brings people back to the heart and essence of what worship should be in the church. Sure, every church is different. However, his concepts and methodology bring a healthy unity to the whole team and the congregation.”
“Having our instrumentalists and singers use Grant’s techniques paid off instantly! Our congregations were engaged and participating more than ever.”
“I absolutely loved having Grant work with our student worship team. With visual illustrations, practical advice and a biblical foundation, he connected with our students immediately. I can already tell this will benefit our team for months to come.”
“Put your humble pants on and have Grant come and spend time with you and your team. It is time and money well spent!”
“Grant was professional, patient, and kind-spirited but very challenging.”
“Having Grant come to our church to give a workshop gave the benefits of taking our entire team to a big conference! Everyone was immediately on board.”
“I was very impressed with the quality of Grant’s teaching and his ability to immediately engage and captivate the audience. I would expect that kind of quality at a top notch worship conference, but Grant came to us!”
“I have a tremendous appreciation for Grant’s passion and dedication to a comprehensive, Biblical understanding of worship. I admire his commitment to educate and empower others to operate in Christian music ministry with excellence.”
“We benefited greatly not only from Grant’s knowledge, skill, and experience, but also from his humble spirit and his Godly attitude. We definitely plan on having More Than Music Mentor return to train us again in the near future.”
“I love what Grant’s doing with More Than Music Mentor. This is extremely important stuff for ‘worship teams’ everywhere.”
“Long after Grant’s talk, we continue to get comments on how Grant’s demonstration sparked a real change in thinking for many of our attendees. [And] his actions off stage throughout the week displayed a priceless authenticity to the critical message he shared onstage.”
“Our [music] team had the privilege of spending a couple of hours one evening with Grant, and the payoff was tenfold! … I strongly encourage anyone who is looking to strengthen their team to consider bringing in Grant for a weekend or even just a few hours.”
“He brought a very unique approach that was both memorable and lasting. He impacted our lives through the life of worship that he lives. His messages were truly some of the most talked about and impactful of Spirit Conference.”
“Grant did an exceptional job sharing relevant Biblical application to worship, both from a personal and corporate perspective. He is gifted as a clear communicator who will help your church navigate through the complex issues of worship style and musical conflict.”
“Awesome… This dude is like the worship whisperer!”
“You r fricking amazing dude! Btw I loved ur singing voice [and] u were an amazing speaker to have!!”
“Grant Norsworthy is exceptionally gifted both as a practitioner and a teacher of the worshiping arts. As a longtime artist and worship leader myself, he has my highest recommendation.”
“I can’t think of another speaker that has impacted me as much as Grant has in the last few years. I would recommend him heartily. What he says may move you out of a comfort zone, but you will be the better for it.”
“In twenty-five years of working with teens I have seen all manner of youth presenters. From my experience I can confidently say that Grant Norsworthy is one of the best around. He has a unique and canny way of being, real, relevant and relatable. “
“Grant is funny, relatable and our Celebrate Recovery participants and leaders really enjoyed having him. Through fabulous music and message Grant wove his testimony of radical healing from addiction through God’s amazing grace and unconditional love.”