A NEW CHAPTER a message from Worship Leader founders Chuck & Stephanie Fromm
e are excited to share with you the next chapter at Worship Leader Media (WLM). We've made the pilgrimage to Franklin, Tennessee, and are ready for a new season of creativity, service, and multi-faceted training. While the magazine is changing in terms of location and moving from print to digital, the fundamental roots and pivot points remain the same: Trinitarian/Jesus-centered worship, celebrated and sung from the hearts of redeemed souls who love God. The impetus of this ministry began with the encounter between the woman at the well and Jesus. The discussion focused on answering the question: "What is true worship? What is 'Spirit' and 'Truth'?" We continue to address this query from a variety of biblical perspectives as we look at principles, processes, and practice of worship, gathering understanding across history and from around the globe. As Worship Leader's founders, Stephanie and I consider this ministry, not only our hearts' call but our privilege in serving YOU, our extended family. We've also been blessed by how you have adopted our family. God has given us five great kids. Our oldest daughter, Nicole, has worn many hats with the WL team for over the past ten years; and now she has some new hats—for her, the best yet—as a wife, and as a mom to a new baby girl, Isla Marie! Yes, we are first-time grandparents! If you haven’t met her yet, we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra, “Lexi,” our middle daughter. Her journey at WLM has grown from volunteering to now directing the team, and is undoubtedly orchestrated by God’s providence. Like all of our children, she has lived and breathed Worship Leader Media since she was born, and in WLM tradition loves to collaborate with experienced experts to bring a shared vision to our readers. In her new role as Director of Worship Leader Media,
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Lexi is already making valuable strides for the new digital imprint. Not the least of which is within Song Discovery, which is being shifted to a digital distribution system. The plan is to encompass the same richly biblical sung prayer but reach further to embrace a higher sample of music for more of God's people. While I am putting on the hat of "retirement," we all know what it means, "re-purposing"! I will still be weighing in on aspects of development while I focus more of my time on a series of projects that have been calling me for the past several years. I'm looking forward to exploring and remediating more of the first Christian songs and ancient Christian worship in the tradition of the celebrated and critically acclaimed The Odes Project we released in 2007. Of late, I've had some health challenges dating back to my stroke in 2010. I will continue to answer the calling on my heart and utilize how God has been faithful to give me the capacity to serve. It is difficult to hand your baby over to one who was once your child, and at the same time, it is exhilarating. We hope in this season of transition and new beginnings, you'll stand with us, pray for us, and spread the word about Worship Leader magazine far and wide.
DR. FROMM'S RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR LIBRARY: • • • •
E.M.Bounds, The Classic Collection On Prayer Ephraim the Syrian excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse, A Spiritual Psalter Brian Stock, Listening For The Text Grant Wacker, Heaven Below
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