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.
“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.”
“With patience, experience, humility, and grace, Grant effectively delivers a compelling message focused on the essentials of God-honoring worship that urges us to let go of our well-intentioned clichés, catchphrases, and showmanship and instead embrace worship that simply and fully glorifies God.”
“Grant possess a unique combination of passion for Christ centered worship, excellent communication, leadership skills, and extraordinary musicianship.”
“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.”
“Grant Norsworthy gave our church family an excellent concert and witness. If you are looking for a musician and speaker with incredible talent, a heart for the poor, and wonderful awareness of how to engage a congregation, look him up!”
“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.”
“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 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.”
“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.”
“I have been to countless concerts and heard the Compassion stories and was always afraid to actually sponsor. But something about Grant’s leadership last night generated a different atmosphere for me. Fear and hesitation were gone!”
“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.”
“Grant’s musical talent and love of God’s word is powerful. If you have any occasion to invite him in for your services, I highly recommend you do so. Your people will be inspired to be greater givers and doers in service to our Lord.”
“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.”
“I have seen in Grant a sincere desire to be a minister of reconciliation; to love God and love people and encourage others to do the same.”
“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 clearly has superior ability as a leader of congregational singing … He was sensitive to the church’s style of service and related well with all age groups.”
“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 is funny, relatable and our Celebrate Recovery participants and leaders really enjoyed having him. Through fabulous music and message Grant wove his testimony of radical healing from addiction through God’s amazing grace and unconditional love.”
“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 Norsworthy gave me many lessons and pointers on how to improve as an audio engineer and also as the Director of Technology. I instantly began to use his advice, and it has improved my workflow and the quality of the soundboard mix. His professionalism and expertise in Christian worship is excellent.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 the real deal … I know that his talent is only exceeded by his genuine faith and commitment to Christ.”
“Grant was professional, patient, and kind-spirited but very challenging.”
“Put your humble pants on and have Grant come and spend time with you and your team. It is time and money well spent!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.’”