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 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I’m so thankful that, when home, Grant is an active, involved, serving and long-standing member of the congregation that I pastor at City Church of East Nashville.”
“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’s an excellent communicator. I found his advice very helpful and have noticed improvements during our worship leading since applying his recommendations.”
“Grant is a great advocate and partner with Compassion. A true heart for our mission. Extremely professional. Great with the volunteers. And his Compassion presentation is top notch.”
“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.”
“If you want to grow your musicians and singers, Grant can really help. He does not dictate, but instead works to come along side and partner with people in the local church. I appreciated his content, his approach, his authenticity, and his humility.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“As a Christ-follower and as a musician it is encouraging to meet a man who preaches a message of unity on stage, and then still lives it when the crowd has left the building.”
“Grant’s heart for worshiping God at all times and through all things is very evident. This is a great message for everyone to hear – not just the music team. I came away with a renewed spirit and energy.”
“Grant is an effective communicator who is able to work with teams of varying ability to get the best from them and grow their musicality. I would highly recommend Grant to any church seeking to enhance their sung worship experience.”
“Grant was able to pinpoint specific areas where each of our team members could improve. Some found this direct approach to be quite challenging, but – after taking his advice on board – those were the ones who made the biggest improvement and valued the time with Grant the most.”
“Besides the content of Grant’s messages, God has also given him a natural charisma that draws in listeners at once, even those who have no familiarity with his work as an internationally acclaimed musician.”
“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 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 the kind of speaker you want to hear from – his faithfulness and vulnerability are sure to challenge, and his heart for the Gospel shines through everything he does.”
“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.”
“The workshop was extremely helpful. Grant unlocked the mysteries of HOW music works to support congregational worship in song and helped our team become more passionate about WHY they sing and play.”
“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.”
“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 has Godly wisdom and insight that any musician would find key to their growth. Even as a hip-hop artist I’ve found Grant to be an excellent mentor for much more than music.”
“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 was professional, patient, and kind-spirited but very challenging.”
“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.”
“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.”