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.
“We were blown away by his sincere, compelling, and engaging testimony. Besides being eloquent and concise, he really brought the heart of God into what he did. He certainly has a great ability to captivate an audience, communicate a message, and bless those he encounters.”
“His dynamic presence and ability to engage our students with clarity and Biblical truth make him a speaker that we want to ask back again.”
“It was one of the most educational and informative nights I have ever been to! I feel like I have learned so much – not just about how to be a better musician but also a better worshipper.”
“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.”
“You r fricking amazing dude! Btw I loved ur singing voice [and] u were an amazing speaker to have!!”
“Grant is easily able to make a connection with hurting kids like ours at CEM, but also displays the unique gifting of communicating passionately and effectively to all ages and mixed audiences through both his words and music. He is real, engaging and uplifting.”
“Grant is a great AND fun teacher. He was able to come into our music team and clear off the cobwebs and open our eyes to some fresh new ideas. We noticed immediate improvements the following Sunday!”
“In a day when churches continue to struggle over worship styles or applaud those who perform as musicians, Grant reminds us that God is the audience of all true worship.”
“A great reminder to engage people in [songs of] worship by having a balance of space and notes.”
“Grant’s ability to communicate the stories of Compassion’s children and our theological mandate to serve the poor has resulted in thousands of children and sponsors being connected. Compassion International is grateful for the ministry of Grant Norsworthy.”
“It was our absolute pleasure having Grant speak to our music leaders at EAGA. This session was unique, insightful and practical. It was timely for Uganda and will directly impact our music community. We’d love to see him again!”
“Praise God for the gift of music! Grant gave the team a very solid biblical teaching on the definition of worship, and how to work in unity to lead our congregation to worship through music. We hope that Grant can give us some more coaching in the near future!”
“Awesome… This dude is like the worship whisperer!”
“Grant Norsworthy absolutely hit it out of the park! At our conference he did an excellent job communicating what it means to truly worship God. He used visual aids, great humor, personal stories and great Biblical teaching to communicate the heart of God and what HE wants from us as HIS worshipers. I would highly recommend Grant!”
“I’ve been to loads of worship events and conferences and Grant Norsworthy’s session was by far the best breakout class I’ve attended. Fun, informative, and extremely relevant for conversations across all denominational lines, Grant’s teaching engages both heart and mind.”
“I really needed to hear what you had to say. It brought tears to my eyes. The Lord was really convicting me. It’s a wonderful thing to feel that passion for Christ again. Thank you!”
“Right out of the gate Grant provided us with tools to improve our practice atmosphere, teamwork, and mechanics. He offered the right balance of humor, service, and leadership.”
“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 was inspiring! Challenging ideas, practical advice, expertise, and awesome guitar and singing. He got our team talking about how we can improve. ‘Less is more’ is still ringing in our ears.”
“Grant Norsworthy has that rare combination of passion, content and ability to capture the audience’s attention. Furthermore, the message he shares from stage is being lived out in his daily life.”
“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.”
“Listening to Grant’s ministry, one thing that quickly comes into focus is his love for Christ and his passion to see others come to know Him in a truly life-transforming way. He is genuine, honest about his own shortcomings, and in every way seeking to bring glory to God.”
“His high-energy and fun-loving personality add to the impact of his presence and message. Our congregation’s response was extremely positive from all 3 services: traditional, blended and contemporary. It is difficult to determine which shines brighter in Grant; his excellence in music or his mastery in delivering the message God has given him.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Grant is the real deal—an excellent musician and a faithful husband and father. He has given me priceless, candid feedback on my music and our conversations always leave me hopeful and eager to continue challenging myself. I owe much to Grant and count him as a friend and mentor for life.”
“Grant’s workshop was informative and straightforward. Clear and articulate. Simple for the beginner to grasp and thought-provoking for the musician on a more professional level.”
“What an amazing difference! It was so encouraging for me and for these small rural churches to know that we too can offer the best we have to God in worship. Grant did an amazing job, leading, teaching, saying the tough stuff in love and most importantly, reminding me and my team(s) that worship is all about Jesus!”
“Grant is the real deal … I know that his talent is only exceeded by his genuine faith and commitment to Christ.”
“At the heart of Grant’s message is the truth that musical worship is not a performance but a time to join as a congregation in praise to God.”