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McKinneyDawson: Crossing was a great experience for us and our Crossing family still remains some of our best friends. A few years ago, the two of us felt the need to go in a different direction with the mission and style of our music. The two of us are pastors in different congregations and really wanted to write songs that spoke to what we were doing and where we were ministering.
McKinneyDawson: Each song has been different for the writing. Christian typically defaults to writing lyrics and concepts. Kaitlyn normally starts working on melody and rephrasing lyrics to be more singable. The one thing we do for every song is start and end with Scripture. We typically quote or paraphrase a scripture and then build the song out from there.
McKinneyDawson: Over the years, in ministry, we have experienced that people often remember songs more than they remember sermons or scriptures. But we deeply believe that the Scripture is what people need. Corporate singing in the Bible was often used to point people to what God has said and done. So we wanted to use songs to do the same thing. We want people to remember the Scripture and get it in their hearts.
McKinneyDawson: It's hard to decide. "Only He Could Claim" means a lot because it doesn't matter what season people are in. It's really unique in that it is a song that actually calls the people of God to worship Him. "Let Him Be Exalted" is not only singing up to God but it is singing out to our brothers and sisters. It's a song that needs to be sung and heard by God's people. "Lead Me" means a lot. We've been in life seasons where God is really giving us a heart to love and need His Word more and more. We often talk about being lead by God but we need to remember that we are lead by God through His word. "Lead Me" is one of those timeless prayers for us. It's almost my daily prayer each morning that God would lead me by His Word.
McKinneyDawson: We just want to be available to serve the church in any way possible. If it works better for a community for just the two of us to come and do something more simple, we want to do that. We never want to be married to what we are doing. We just want to serve each community with whatever they need.
McKinneyDawson: The purpose of everything is found in Jesus. Everything was made through Him, for Him, and by Him. Everything is held together in Him. So we really believe that everything we should do leads to Jesus. As we've grown as ministers, we've come to accept that we cannot get anyone to worship. We cannot make someone worship. Loud singing or lifted hands aren't necessarily worship. Jesus even said that people can draw near to Him with their lips and their hearts be far from Him. We also deeply believe that everyone is always worshiping. We are all always giving value and worth to something. So our goal is to point people to a God who is worth worshiping. We hope to call people to change what they are worshiping from anything else to Jesus.
So we work to write songs that really help people know who He is and call them to follow Him with their whole lives. We try to write blogs and design clothing that points people to Jesus. We are convinced that if we point people to Jesus, they will decide whether or not they will follow and worship Him. We just think He is worth worshiping.
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