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.
"Articulate, biblical, passionate, Jesus-focused, encouraging: Grant Norsworthy emotes all of these and more. You will not find a more thought-provoking, heart-encouraging, delight-generating facilitator of worship than Grant."
“Attendee feedback from Grant’s teaching sessions include ‘outstanding’, ‘amazing’, ‘exuding love’, and ‘anointed’. The influence he brought to WFX will surely have attendees looking forward to gleaning from his talents at future WFX conferences.”
"Grant has the unique and rare ability as a communicator, to make audiences want to lean in to hear him. He masterfully paints pictures using stories and illustrations that stir the heart and conscience. Grant also has great insight and prophetic passion that will provoke and inspire any audience to love and good works."
"He was great. Super solid, practical and super grounded.”
"A great reminder to engage people in [songs of] worship by having a balance of space and notes.”
"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."
"As Grant led, I watched the atmosphere begin to change in front of me. It was beautiful to see a group of people who were somewhat closed off open up and become One Body."
"Grant quickly engaged and connected to the group in a very profound and effective way all while using a humble and simple approach that is very much his own. It was authentic, insightful, comprehensive, brilliant, and very moving."
“Grant’s passion for worship, skill as a musician, and gift for teaching beautifully combine in a clear and engaging manner that brings a richer understanding of what worship is.”
"Our praise band spent three hours with Grant one Saturday afternoon and it has revolutionized both our playing and singing together as a team, and our perspective on what it means to worship and be worshipers of God."
“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.”
“You can't help but see Grant's heart for worshiping God and his passion for training church music teams. He will take your church band to a new level musically. And he'll also inspire them to be better worshipers of Jesus.”
“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.”
“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'.”
"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."
“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.”
"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 has Godly wisdom and insight that any musician would find key to their growth. Even as a hip-hop artist I\u2019ve found Grant to be an excellent mentor for much more than music."
“Grant Norsworthy presented strongly and powerfully through ‘word & song' at our Senior Youth Gathering. Listening to Grant - his spoken messages, his songs, and by him just being real with us - helped me and the students be more real before God ourselves. I left the event completely renewed in my faith."
“I have heard Grant Norsworthy speak on multiple occasions and each time I found myself profoundly challenged and encouraged. Grant carries passion and conviction into each topic, calling us all to hear God's standard, not the American church standard. I have been refreshed and my students stirred. I am thankful to Grant for speaking God's truth and for modeling a radical commitment to Christ.”
"Grant's ability to walk humbly as he draws everyone's focus on glorifying the One True God made a deep impact on all who attended. We experienced great musicianship, but more importantly we connected with the God of the Bible.”
“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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 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."
"I love how Grant shares the hope in Jesus. He's one of the best young communicators I know with an ability to connect that I see rarely. Grant lives the life and I am honored to call him a friend."
"Grant is an effective communicator from the pulpit with or without his guitar. Grant is a headliner. I encourage church leaders to give up their most valued congregational time to Grant - they will not be disappointed."
"Grant has the experience and insight to bring into one accord those who have given themselves to the ministry of touching the Father\u2019s heart with pure worship."