Keith Getty on Hymn Writing & Worship Leading


From The Gospel Coalition:

What better time than St. Patrick’s Day to hear from Keith Getty, a native of Northern Ireland and renowned writer of modern hymns such as “In Christ Alone,” “The Power of the Cross,” and “Speak, O Lord.” He and his wonderfully talented wife, Kristyn, will be leading corporate worship at The Gospel Coalition’s national conference, April 12 to 14 in downtown Chicago. Together with their Irish band, the Gettys will also perform a concert on the evening of Wednesday, April 13, at 9 p.m. in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place. To hear from the Gettys in a more intimate setting, you’ll want to sign up for their workshops. They’ll serve musicians and writers with a workshop on “Writing Corporate Worship Music” at 2 p.m.. on Wednesday. Then they’ll discuss “Leading Corporate Worship Music” for pastors and other local church leaders at 3:30 p.m. later that same afternoon.

I corresponded with Keith to learn more about some exciting changes at home, their future plans, and how they prepare to lead a conference of thousands in worshiping the Lord through song.

Congratulations are in order on the birth of Eliza Joy Getty, born on March 2! How is your family adjusting to this welcome addition to your Nashville home?

Thank you! We are enjoying this new chapter. We are getting less sleep and changing lots of diapers, but cherishing every minute.

You’ll be teaching a workshop at The Gospel Coalition’s national conference on leading corporate worship music. How do you select songs for the conference? Do you look for ways to augment the conference theme, “They Testify About Me: Preaching Jesus and the Gospel from the Old Testament”?

When preparing for any worship service, our desire is for the songs we sing to be filled with the beauty of Christ and the the truths of his Word. We want the Word of Christ to dwell in people richly when they listen to it being preached as well as when they respond in song. Thematically, I ran each of my ideas past Don Carson and have also asked each of the speakers for their thoughts and preferences so I can work with those. We’re honored to take part in this conference. It’s a special privilege to prepare music that will strengthen leaders so that they can return to their congregations encouraged and equipped....

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