These guys stuck out

ArmyofLightBandI speak at about 25 events a year. And in a world where most Christian events contain two elements—a band, and a speaker—I hear A LOT of worship bands.

Last weekend I heard a band that really stuck out.

Let me explain “stuck out.”

I was hosting and speaking at one of the eleven Youth Specialties Team Training events. This one was in Phoenix, and Kara Powell, Brian Aaby and I were the speakers. The doors hadn’t opened; four of us were sitting in the back handling logistical details (the books that Zondervan failed to send, the video feed that wasn’t working properly…), all while the band was rehearsing. Brian Aaby, Youth Specialties’ Michelle “Shelly” Fockler and I are all talking… and all at once the three of us are compelled to just stop and listen to the band warm up.

“These guys are really good.” Shelly finally verbalized, words we were all thinking.

The band was a local AZ band named Army of Light. These guys were young, current and … here’s the kicker… easy to work with!

As the event progressed throughout the weekend, David (lead singer) and the guys were amazing on stage, truly leading people into worship, not pumping their own agenda… everything you want in a band.

I meet a lot of good worship bands.

These guys stuck out.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry,is the author of twenty books including the brand new 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; More Than Just the Talk; Sex Matters; The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to These guys stuck out

  1. Cindy says:

    I wanted to hear a sample and can’t find anything on their website. Do you know where we can hear a sample of their music? I didn’t even see any way to buy their music, only T-Shirts.