PASTOR, AUTHOR & MENTOR
Tony Elenburg is a pastor of worship with 40 years in the Christian Music Industry as a national recording artist.
Worship is the first “touch-point” when the seeker seeks the refuge and clarity of the church. We can ill-afford for our worship to be a powerless, meaningless, inauthentic representation of the Gospel; nor can we abdicate our responsibility to our worship leaders, by leaving them to grasp and grope for their own definition of a meaningful ministry of worship!
Tony Elenburg is a pastor of worship with 40 years in the Christian Music Industry in Nashville as a songwriter and national recording artist. He is passionate about helping musicians fulfill their gift and creating a more powerful and meaningful Gospel-centered worship in the church. Learn more about his new book, A Worship Shepherd, and his worship mentoring below.
Our American culture is being described today as a post-Christian culture. Yet, there has never been a better opportunity for the church to contrast the relevance and value of the Gospel, than amidst the chaos we see in the world today. In a time when many are looking for someone, something, and somewhere to anchor their sense of reality, we have the ultimate mooring in a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.
While many of the current worship-focused offerings seem to be calls to deeper and more meaningful motivations for worship, I believe my offering provides a broad understanding of creatives, and how we can better steward them; in finding a context for their gifts within the church. It is a basic “how to” … but filtered through a Gospel-centered lens.
“I first came to know and appreciate Tony as a gifted songwriter, a great communicator, and one of my favorite singers (which of course had nothing to do with the fact that he was one of the first recording artists to record one of my songs!). Then, I got to know him as a dear friend and brother, who, along with his wife Cindy, cared deeply for my young family and me at a time when we desperately needed it. Through the thirty-five-plus years I’ve known Tony, I have seen and heard the heart of a shepherd beat consistently and faithfully in his life. I am thankful, as I know all who read this book will be, that he has shared his wisdom and passion from his shepherd’s heart!”
“I have always loved Tony Elenburg because I’ve always loved his heart. A Worship Shepherd reveals his heart through his experience, wisdom, and faith as a Christian artist, songwriter, pastor, and worship leader. The combination is powerful and insightful for anyone pursuing the true heart of ministry! My heart beats with Tony’s. These words are so much needed in reclaiming Christian music ministry for Christ’s glory!”
“A Worship Shepherd is a must-read informative for every member of any worship team. It’s beautifully written and, more importantly, a Word-centered thesis that deals with every possible aspect of worship. I know Tony Elenburg as an enormously gifted musician and seasoned worship leader. His wise insights come from years of experience mentoring worship teams and caring for the congregations he leads. I highly recommend it.”
“Tony Elenburg has a heart for ministry and those who help create it. He understands creatives and knows how to help them shape their ministry without trying to manipulate it or form it into something that fits a preconceived design. Having played worship services with Tony, and being a longtime friend, I know the heart and care he has for worship and the people who lead it.”
“At the center of our relationship with God is the essence of worship—an internal encounter that produces an external response. Tony Elenburg has given his life to understanding that heart of a worshipper. His life is the external response to an internal encounter with Christ. A Worship Shepherd is a life’s work of discovering how to live a life of worship and help others become worshippers. It’s a must-read for every heart that desires to understand what worshipping Christ can really look like.”
If you or your fellowship would benefit from this arrangement, I would be glad to talk with you about a worship mentor relationship. Please submit the contact form below to get started!