The Songwriter Initiative

The Songwriter Initiative of the Center for Worship Leadership exists to support modern songwriters serving within the LCMS church body and seeks to be a positive resource and influence for those writing for the church-at-large. Music and melody, as a vehicle for the proclamation of the Gospel and expression of praise to God for all that he is and has done for us in Christ, has always been a valued part of our tradition. Necessarily, then, our creativity requires guidance and meaningful training so that those who are called to write in service to the Gospel will benefit. To that end, the Songwriter Initiative exists to support songwriters throughout the church, empowering each artist to create art that glorifies God, while creating a community that shares the common goal of sharing the Gospel message of Jesus.

Kip Fox

Kip Fox

Director of CWL Songwriter Initiative

kip.fox@cui.edu

Kip Fox

Kip has been leading worship for 12 years and writing songs for 20. As a nationally recognized songwriter and worship leader he has had several artists record his songs. He currently serves as a worship leader at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ, and is a student in the MA program at Concordia University Irvine.

Our Projects

Monthly Curated Articles

Monthly Curated Articles

On a monthly basis, the Songwriter Initiative will send out curated content to its members. Topics will range from hymn text considerations, musical hermeneutics, modern song structure, liturgical consideration, helpful tips, etc. These will be delivered with the intent to create conversation, creativity, and community.


One-On-One Coaching

One-On-One Coaching

Members of the Songwriter Initiative will have access to one-on-one coaching from experienced, published songwriters through online video calls. Coaching will be offered in several tiers of intensity, ranging from one-time critiques to continuous development. These coaching experiences will be offered with the intent to strengthen and develop songwriters, young and old, throughout the church.


Online Webinars

Online Webinars

Throughout the year, the Songwriter Initiative will deliver online webinars featuring experts on a wide range of songwriting topics. Members will be able to sign up to view and participate. These events will be offered with the intent to inspire and equip songwriters in an online class format.


Professional Gatherings

Professional Gatherings

On an annual basis, members will have the opportunity to gather together for in-person coaching, co-writing and fellowship. These events will be offered with the intent to cultivate community, camaraderie and craft-development.


Collective Resources

Collective Resources

The Songwriter Initiative will create and distribute resources for the church using the new songs, hymns and spiritual songs of its members. These resources will be distributed with the intent to serve and support congregations throughout the world in their diverse musical contexts.

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