Recently, Cathy and I had the privilege to interview Paul Baloche after a worship time in a local church. I must say that I was extremely impressed with many facets of Paul’s life. For starters, one could easily tell that he did not come to be served but to serve the Body of Christ. People bombarded him with prayer request, photos, signatures, and funny stories from the time he arrived, to long after the worship time was over. He took the time to listen to anyone who wanted to talk even at the expense of total exhaustion that he encountered.
During the worship time, he would often stop and talk about revelation that God had given him over the years. On more than one occasion , Paul Baloche continued with spontaneous prayers and songs to the Father that were directly from the Fathers’ heart. It was wonderful to experience and many, including myself were extremely encouraged. As most of you already know, God has gifted this man to be a real worship leader that brings people to HIM.
Below is a little excerpt with our time with him in a personal interview.
Andy: What were the main events that God used to show you that this was His will for your life?
Paul: In stages. There weren’t any big dreams or visions, that would make a great story, but I’m being honest. I think that way most of us hear from God is like he only shows us the next little step, and I want to see the next 10 steps, but it’s like one little step and you try to serve where you are at. I was doing kid’s church, helping out at this little A/G church, and I thought “What can I do? Well I can help with the little kids.” And that’s some of my first worship leading experience, helping with the little kids and singing Father Abraham. Then the youth group needed somebody once in a while to lead, so I would do that. Then suddenly an opportunity opens up to lead for the adult church. As I look back, there was maybe a hundred steps like that, where you try to be obedient one step at a time.
Andy: Other than the Lord, who has influenced your life more than anyone else?
Paul: No doubt my wife in a lot of ways, and my parents, they loved other people. My parents taught me how to love other people. They lived it in front of me.
Andy: How has your wife adapted to you being on the move so much?
Paul: She is kind-of a “crazy” musician herself. Originally, I was her guitar player. She was the songwriter and all that and I played guitar for her. We were leading worship in our church in Texas and she started having our 3 kids. She was almost relieved in some ways, I wasn’t asking her “Hey, you getting any song ideas?” So it ended up being good, it took pressure off of her. And God opened it up and showed me that I can do this. You play the cards you are dealt, so we adapt and try to keep it balanced, at times its too much and so we try to be prayerful over the years and adjust.
Andy: If you could sing just one song for the rest of your life as a message to the church, what would it be?
Paul: Maybe the Hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” It’s just a powerful song, It’s a glory song.
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Andy: What were some of the expectations you had before getting to where you are today, and are they reality?
Paul: Honestly, none. We moved down to Texas to do missions with Last Day Ministries and YWAM. We lived in a mobile home for many years. I didn’t have enough faith to even dream that I would have a CD or a record. I can honestly say that. And like I said it was little by little by little and all of a sudden, an opportunity presented itself. I started leading worship at this church, and started writing little prayer ideas, little prayer songs we would sing at church. Before you know it, one thing leads to another.
Andy: In your travels, if you can be used of God to help fill a void that you see in the church across the board, what would it be?
Paul: The ability to reveal who Jesus is. The supernatural ability that points people to Him, for them to actually catch a glimpse of who He is and change, because once you see Him, once you experience Him your life will change. “Taste and see,” you know what I mean?
For more information on Worship Leader Paul Baloche check out www.leadworship.com
Check out some video clips from the concert:
Paul drop-kicking t-shirts into the crowd:
Paul has fun with the kids:
Paul talks about his song “Glorious”: