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.
“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 challenged our church in such a way that neither discouraged nor coddled, but rather in an uplifting ‘Come on, let’s do better together!’ manner that really uplifted us.”
“Grant was exceptional at speaking to the different aspects of our church – not only to the technical choices of the music team, but to the hearts of the congregation as well.”
“I am thankful to Grant for speaking God’s truth and for modeling a radical commitment to Christ.”
“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 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 brings together a wealth of biblical and practical wisdom that can help churches and leaders find their way through the fog of issues surrounding worship, music and performance on Sundays.”
“It was our absolute pleasure having Grant speak to our music leaders at EAGA. This session was unique, insightful and practical. It was timely for Uganda and will directly impact our music community. We’d love to see him again!”
“This experience has left a lasting impact on my spirit, and I am sure the same is true for many others also.”
“It was amazing! In over 30 years of running sound desks, I can’t remember such a high level of engagement from the congregation – worshipping God at the top of their lungs. I had to increase the volume from the PA to be heard above them!”
“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.”
“Do yourself a favor and get to know Grant Norsworthy. He is certainly much more than a music mentor.”
“Grant can teach you in a single workshop what it would take experience years to share. It’s the unique gift that God has given him and he is using it to grow the Church of Jesus all around the world.”
“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.”
“The More Than Music Workshop that Grant taught a few years ago is still paying dividends in my music, worship, and leadership. Thanks for allowing God to use your gifts in such a tremendous way!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Our team was so inspired by what we were able to accomplish together in the time we had with Grant.”
“Grant is an amazing man of God and a blessing to anyone who would choose to learn from him.”
“Grant taught our team to leave a gap in our sound that invites the ‘voice’ of the congregation, and boy, do they fill it!”
“Grant has a real talent for teaching and communicating in an incredibly precise and encouraging way. Since the workshop, our team are far more cohesive, better at listening to each other and we’re making a cleaner, more inviting sound.”
“Since the workshop, positive feedback has been flooding in about the music and how much more engaged people feel.”
“Whether through spoken word or a song, my friend Grant will exceed your expectations. I know he’s exceeded mine.”
“Because of Grant’s More Than Music Mentor coaching, our entire team has started a new journey of excellence which has given us more time and focus on discipleship within the team and leadership before the church.”
“Grant is a true pleasure to listen to, learn from, and work with!”
“Grant Norsworthy is well-organized, hard-working, has clear vision, excellent communication, is very encouraging and always focused on building authentic, mentoring relationships with those involved in the project.”
“We were privileged to have Grant Norsworthy with Band of Brothers – our Tuesday evening men’s group – where he shared his incredible gifts of testimony, music, voice and teaching. I would wholeheartedly recommend that if you have the chance to engage Grant, you seize it.”
“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!”
“Grant has an amazing understanding of the challenges facing a team that leads others in worship through music. He is able to offer solutions to these challenges through Scripture and inspiration.”