Giving His Heart Away

Artist: Reuben Morgan
Published: 2005-10-14

"I think the challenge of the church is to keep worship accessible to all people not to exclude people through style and presentation. I think that's a huge challenge to the church and especially in our day when there is so much variety and people can be so specialized." You would be hard pressed to find someone better qualified to make those observations than Reuben Morgan the man who shared this Friday afternoon conversation with me. Morgan you see continues to serve as the co-pastor of worship for one of the worlds largest churches Hills Church located in Sydney, Australia.

Morgan is far too humble and grateful for the role he plays as a worship leader to ever describe himself as a prolific songwriter. Excuse me Reuben if we beg to differ. How many times have we stood in church and sang praises to our Lord with songs such as "I Give You My Heart", "My Redeemer Lives", "You Said" and "Hear Our Praises", all of which were penned by Morgan?

Recently signed to the Rocketown Records label Morgan has expanded his worship ministry rather than merely changing lanes. As we continued to talk he thoughtfully considered my questions concerning the ever changing face of worship on the international scene, "I think what everybody needs to keep at the core is worship can't be exclusive. It can't shut people out and not include people. I think that's a challenge. It can't be elitist. It can't be exclusive." The Aussie troubadour believes that more than any other time in our history a greater acceptance for diversity in worship styles exists. He says worship now appears to be at the core of the music being created. While concert goers still wish to be entertained they are also looking for individuals to lead them in worship.

Morgan notes, "People are really hungry and inspired for worship. As far as where it is going, God is doing what He has always been doing and that is building the church. I think that worship will spring forth from that (as well as) teaching, healing, and salvation. People have been reminded to get your eyes on God. I think at the core God is passionate about his church."

"True worship comes out of revelation of God. I need God to break through to my world before I can respond back to Him."

Reuben Morgan strikes you as a genuinely humble individual who is just grateful for the opportunity that he has to be a servant of God. He uses words like 'we' rather than 'I' to discuss his accomplishments and dreams, a direct reference to the rest of the Hillsong team. As we talked about the co-write he did for fellow Aussie mate Paul Colman's smash hit "Gloria: All God's Children" you have to practically pry out of him that yes he was one of the contributors whereas Colman is much more forceful about Morgan's contribution.

About his wife Sarah he says, "I like her commitment to God. It is the most valuable thing that we have and I think that it keeps our relationship on track." It is his hope that as parents they will be able to pass onto their two year old son Jones the importance of, "A faith that is authentic and that he can take on as his own. There are all the things that go with that, honesty, integrity, and confidence."

While talking to Morgan, a man who at a relatively young age has already given so much to the world I was almost hesitant to ask him if there is something else he feels he would like to do. "I don't feel like I've really started yet. There's so much left to do. We're really passionate about missions. My wife and I are really passionate about Africa and helping meet the needs of the people. We (Sarah and Reuben) are partnering with a church in Johannesburg to support an orphanage there called the Sun-Child Baby Home. Things like that are what I want to do and where I want to grow. I think there is no end to that as long as mothers are leaving their babies in the gutter or giving birth and leaving their babies out on their own for anyone to pick up and turn into trash. There is no end to the need. We always want to be part of that." His other passion is to continue to build and strengthen churches and as he says we have only begun to scratch the surface.

To learn more about the Sun-Child Baby Home and other international ministries that Reuben and Sarah Morgan are involved with check out www.reubenmorgan.com

Catch Reuben when he performs at the Change Conference happening at Queensway Cathedral in Toronto this Saturday October 15, 2005. For more info: www.changeconference.com.

Writer: Joe Montague




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