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.
“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.”
“On Thursday I attended Grant Norsworthy’s class called ‘Crafting a Sound that Invites the Congregation’. The following Sunday at our church service we were able to apply the things that were taught and our congregation sang more than they ever have! We are very thankful!”
“I was refreshed and thankful for Grant’s passionate desire to gently but clearly move us from me-centered entertainment to a God-and-gospel-centered worship.”
“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.”
“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 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 teacher, leader and person. He has a passion for worship and shares his passion with God’s people through his More Than Music Mentor ministry.”
“Want next-level musicianship and growing worshipers? Book Grant.”
“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.”
“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.’”
“Our time with Grant has brought more unity to our church and has helped the music team and congregation be more of the same heart in why we sing and make music – to worship God!”
“Grant’s work alongside of Compassion International has been especially inspiring to our community [of about 200 attendees] and we support over 60 children who were introduced to us through Grant’s good work.”
“Grant is an exceptional communicator who captivates his audience with stories and songs. He did an outstanding job inspiring our leaders and left a powerful mark on our church!”
“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 is the real deal … I know that his talent is only exceeded by his genuine faith and commitment to Christ.”
“Grant Norsworthy is an incredible communicator who has a unique ability to combine excellent speaking with heart-felt music. These abilities – coupled with his powerful, solid theology – make him a valuable addition for any event. I also appreciate his candor, compassion for God’s Word and his heart for ‘the least of these’.”
“From just a couple of hours on Saturday night and then Sunday morning services, Grant effectively inspired greater musicianship, more authentic worship, and servant hearted attitudes in my people and in me.”
“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.”
“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.”
“… 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.”
“We do a lot of these types of events and have heard a lot of very vanilla type messages over the years, but Grant’s message and his delivery definitely stood out! Passionate, Humble, Challenging and Relevant. I recommend him.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“BRILLIANT! Exceptionally compelling and effective, and a guy who was very user-friendly to work with. I am personally grateful for Grant realigning, in my own mind, what is required to offer worship that is acceptable to God.”
“His coaching with my music team … struck just the right balance of practical and theological. His More Than Music Workshop was wonderful – disarming humor combined with timeless truths that centered us back on Christ and His mission in the world.”
“I always learn so much from watching Grant lead. God has richly blessed him with the gift to draw people to God and to make musicians want to be better. Grant’s attention to detail and attentiveness to what the Spirit is doing in the room is awesome.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our song leaders, musicians and vocalists were greatly encouraged by the weekend and our whole congregation responded wholeheartedly to what God was able to do through Grant.”