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.
“It is always a task to find a speaker that can captivate the attention of high schoolers, but Grant was able to put my mind at ease when he spoke. He engaged the audience with his storytelling and at times, you could hear a pin drop on the carpet because he was able to capture their undivided attention.”
“Grant has a way of capturing your attention and helping you focus on what’s imperative about worship. Whether it’s singing a song, the spoken Word, or living a life of worship, he always strikes at the heart. The Lord will use Grant to bring change to your congregation.”
“Grant Norsworthy is a unique dispenser in the arena of authentic Worship today. I highly recommend Grant to anyone seeking to encourage, teach and inspire deeper worship from the praise team and The Church in general.”
“He is very funny and did not hold back his passionate challenging conviction that our students be engaged in Compassion’s necessary work. Grant’s time at the College was a real joy.”
“When the heart, mind, body and soul are connected by the spirit, holy things start happening. Grants humble heart and seasoned and highly regarded experience, always ushers in the presence of God through his teaching, songwriting, and worship.”
“What a pleasure to experience the word and life-story shared during our Senior Youth Gathering. Grant Norsworthy and his message of faith, family, and love for Jesus was truly inspirational to all.”
“Grant Norsworthy’s teaching and training on WORSHIP took our Worship Arts Ministries, Media Ministries and church to a deeper understanding of what true worship is. What Grant shares has been “road tested” in his own life and makes a connect with all who hear his compelling message.”
“Grant helped our team have a common language and goals. The feedback from the music leaders, music teams and the congregation is great. People are really singing!”
“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!”
“Grant is a breath of fresh air if you are tired of ‘worship wars’. Grant brings a new prophetic and powerful voice to Churches that are repositioning themselves as missional communities of faith. We are looking forward to his next tour.”
“Our music team were anxious before working with Grant: ‘What if he doesn’t like us? What if we don’t measure up? What if he is critical or demeaning?’ None of these prior worries needed to be in play. The team were all warmly affirmed and lifted up by Grant’s skillful and fun coaching style.”
“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.”
“Grant has helped our worship team understand their purpose and goal, then provided exceptional musical/vocal/tech coaching toward that end. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Grant in the future.”
“Through More Than Music Mentor, Grant Norsworthy offers an incredibly valuable resource to the Christian Church. He has a unique ability to elevate the effectiveness of a church’s team of singers, instrumentalists and technicians – no matter what level they’re at now.”
“’Theologically sound, highly practical, seriously fun, interactive instruction’. Our team found that claim from the More Than Music Mentor website to be genuine and 100% true! We have been deeply inspired!”
“… weeks later I find myself rethinking things I have taken for granted as ‘truth’ and redirecting my thoughts and actions based on some simple truths he shared with us. His presentation is engaging, entertaining, insightful and appeals to multiple age groups. It is my pleasure to endorse him as a man after God’s own heart.”
“Each time I have witnessed Grant’s ministry work, it has been an incredibly moving and life changing experience. Grant brings a genuine, passionate and heart-felt message which truly speaks to people. Grant brings people to tears. Brings them to praise. Brings them to their feet in song and ‘worth-ship.’”
“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!”
“Still Grant’s words are ringing in my ears! Such an inspiring message. I was challenged to recognise what true worship is… and the way I express worship is never gonna be same again.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Grant provides a service sorely needed in churches today. In just a few short hours, he was able to help us beyond what we had even hoped for. He helped ALL of our team, regardless of their skill level.”
“The vitality and life that Grant Norsworthy teaches in his workshop is over the top! I have wondered for about 10 years why we had not found a leader like Grant to teach our lay leaders these important things.”
“Whether you’re a big or small church, doing this or that musical genre, with an all-pro band or beginner volunteers, a big choir or one singer with an acoustic guitar, Grant’s laser-focused message will be of great benefit to your worship team.”
“Grant’s heart and mind for worship comes from a lengthy sanctification of the Holy Spirit giving him understanding that worship is our identity before it EVER becomes an activity; Grant knows this better than most I’ve met!”
“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 the real deal … I know that his talent is only exceeded by his genuine faith and commitment to Christ.”
“We were engaged from start to finish by Grant’s witty, genuine, and thoroughly informative style of communication. I continue to get comments from those who were in attendance that his workshop is still making an impact upon them and their families.”
“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.”
“In my thirty-five years as a pastor, I have seen a lot of folks come through and do their thing with congregations and my sense has been that, for many, it is just something they do to get by. Thankfully, that was not the case with Grant Norsworthy. His humble spirit and attentiveness to God working in his life was refreshing, challenging and encouraging.”