david santistevan


New Songwriter’s Circle

This Friday, I am hosting a small Songwriter’s Circle with a few writers/worship leaders in the area. The best ministry is doing ministry together – a group of people unified under a common vision to bring transformation in a region by the power of God.

One of my goals for this gathering is to write songs for the church that, as Bob Kauflin says, ‘feed the mind & stir the heart.’ Group collaboration is a humbling way to write because of the tremendous vulnerability that is required with other writers; but the payoff is better songs. It is my desire that we all become more skilled at the ‘craft’ of songwriting. God has entrusted us with His precious, glorious truth. We want to prepare songs that declare this truth with excellence.

Have you ever been in a service where your will came into alignment with a song that powerfully declares God’s truth?

What are your favorite songs that do this well?


September 1, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Three immediately come to mind:
    Great is Thy Faithfulness (Chisholm/Runyan)
    When I think about the Lord (Shane & Shane)
    Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)

    These consistently floor me

    Comment by mariamichalowski | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. “In Christ Alone” is a pretty strong one for me.

    Comment by Socrates | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wow, these are great tunes. One that consistently nails it for me is “I See the Cross” by Brian Doerksen. I’ve always loved that tune.

    Comment by santahara | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. Matt Redman’s You Never Let Go

    Comment by Luke Rosenberger | September 2, 2008 | Reply

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