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Recent update with NSM

Posted in Random on September 12, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

SN5M5079So.. I update this blog about once a month it seems.. which is ok with me I suppose.. I mean.. who honestly has enough time in a day (especially in ministry!! haha) to update a blog everyday! Anyways, I thought I would just update on what’s been going on at Northwood Student Ministry.

It was an awesome summer with NSM.. probably the best since I’ve been here. I feel extremely privileged to be apart of this team. We’ve fought and debated issue over and over with each other.. but the outcome of what God has used us to do makes it all worth it! VELOCITY was a tremendous success and with this upcoming school year already off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what God does in this student ministry!

Here are a few pics that were taken a few weeks ago.. just to give you a visual of whats been going on! Enjoy and take care! Until next time!

ALSO!! Soon we will be creating a Northwood Church worship blog to update you on the worship record we are working on and to give you access to any additional information about the music ministry at our Church! take care!!



VELOCITY stage pics

Posted in Music on August 4, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

So this past week NSM took a group of students and volunteers to our first ever camp called VELOCITY.. All I can say is… AMAZING results! it was an incredible week! By far, the best thing we’ve done so far..

These are pics of the 2 different stage designs we decided to go with….

Music at Northwood Student Ministry

Posted in Worship Thoughts on June 18, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

3520801839_e20e98a7f5 So, I get asked a lot by other musicians and worship leaders, “What songs are you guys doing at your youth ministry? How do you know what songs will work? Are there certain worship songs that work for the different environments of your ministry?

So I thought I would save the trouble and just answer all of the questions now…

People that know me, know that I love the music coming out of Hillsong Church in Australia. So we definitely do our fair share of Hillsong United tunes. Also, Elevation Church in Charolotte, NC has a new record coming out and we have already began implementing some of their songs into our services and the kids really seem to really enjoy them.

We also do some North Point worship tunes from Steve Fee  and Kristian Stanfill. Planetshakers is another band from Australia that we get some of our music from.

As far as the question on which music hits home with the kids and what songs tank.. well… trial and error!!! Most of the time all of the songs we pick seem to work great, but then there are times where I think a song is gonna move the room, and instead the kids are just ready for the band to shut up… so.. you win some, you lose some.

I will say that I pick my songs by tempo and lyrical content. For the middle school, you want to pick fast upbeat fun songs with more of “surface level” content. Because to be honest most of your middle school students aren’t going to understand a song talking about the Trinity. Remember.. I’m speaking in general for most of the  middle school population attending our  services.

For our Wednesday night service “The Element” we try to keep the music very high energy and fun, same for our middle school service on Sunday mornings “Shift”. At The Avenue” which is our Sunday night High School service, we have more of a chance to go a little deeper and intimate.

Any more questions, I would be happy to answer!! I was just trying to keep this post brief. feel free to email me at:

The Element’s NEW new look!

Posted in Music, Random on May 21, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

So, its been over a month since my last post, this is due mainly because I haven’t really been feeling very bloggish you could say, but the last post I posted was about the new look of The Element, which is our Wednesday night environment for middle school and high school students. This new post is also about another makeover we gave to this environment.. Here’s the story…….

Well, Wednesday morning rolls around, and it is another EARLY 6 am prayer… to our surprise… our BRAND NEW (really expensive) projector isn’t working!! so.. that brought a slight issue for NSM (Northwood Student Ministry) because we use video and media to run our entire service!

To make the story shorter… Phillip (Student Pastor aka “the boss”) and I put our creative minds together and this is our outcome!!! It’s just another example of how God can turn bad situations into really cool ideas and creative explosions!!

The NEW look of the The Element!

Posted in Random on April 3, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

So this past Wednesday our Staff had a vision for the new look of The Element which is our combined middle school and high school environment on Wednesday nights.. This is what it looks like when our vision and creativity becomes reality!! The pics aren’t that great but you can get the idea! I’ll put better ones up later! It was an awesome night!!!

Just a few thoughts… Worship verses Praise

Posted in Worship Thoughts on March 26, 2009 by Brian Jarvis

img_1992-2 So lately, I’ve felt like I have made tremendous strides forward as a worship leader, I don’t say this to sound proud, but just as to say that it’s nice to feel that I have been growing in my profession. I just feel that I’ve been communicating much better with the audience and leading them into the presence of God. Ultimately, I am nothing and God is to be given all the glory for what’s been taking place at Northwood Church. But along with growing as a musician and a worship leader, I have been really trying to stretch myself with not only the experience, but by learning from some outside sources.

Over the last little while.. I’ve been reading a book by Kathleen Chapman called “Teaching Kids Authentic Worship”, it’s truly one of the best books on worship I’ve ever read! I’m hung up on this one section of the book where she discusses the difference between worship and praise. Get ready for this!!!…..

“Much of what the church practices as worship is not even close to what God spells out in Scripture. How many of the songs we sing and call worship are all about us? Read the words to the onslaught of new choruses and see how many pay homage to God ALONE. It’s a chilling reality that most of our time before God is spent focused on us. Worship must point to Him alone. Praise is more about us and our response to what God has done for us. Worship is about God alone – all adoration, adulation, awe, devotion, homage, honor, reverence, and wonder for who God is and what He has done. Worship comes first. It is, by direct order from God, the most important thing a Christian is to do. God created worship for Himself alone. Included may be elements of praise, tribute, thankfulness for who He is. But first and foremost we should sing worship to God alone without even mentioning ourselves.”

When I read this, I felt so guilty! Now I truly believe that God cares more about the heart, and I don’t believe that Kathleen is saying that what we do isn’t worshiping God because a verse mentions “we cry out”, but I think its something to consider when picking songs as a worship leader. I personally am going to try to pick more songs that solely focus on God, without mentioning “we” or “I”. Maybe this is a good time to start writing some new songs!!!

Anyways… just wanted to share what’s been on my mind! Please let me know what you think!

The Northwood Student Ministry Band

Posted in Worship Thoughts on March 5, 2009 by Brian Jarvis


So, I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, these people above are the awesome musicians I have the privilege to lead worship with. Five of them are volunteers and they come every week and commit there time and talents to lead 150 to 180 students every week in worship without ever asking for anything. They do it because they love worship and they love students. Like I said, they are amazing people and musicians and I couldn’t do it without them! I wanted to share a few words about each of them… so I’ll go from left to right and top to bottom….

Austin – This is our bass player.. he also is the bass player for our side band Meet The Sky. We rag on Austin ALOT and he just keeps rolling with the punches. He is a great bass player and probably has some of the best stage presence I’ve seen! He has an enormous heart for ministry and students and I enjoy his energy on stage.

Jason – This is one of our electric guitar players. Jason’s been playing with us for about 5 months now, but as been playing at Northwood Church on and off for awhile. I really enjoy his attitude towards life and just the fun and goofy personality that he brings to the band. He’s an amazing painter and just an over all fun guy to be around.

Mikey – This is our lead guitarist and also my fellow employee at Northwood Church. He is the College ministry worship leader and our satellite campus worship leader on Sunday mornings. Mikey is an INCREDIBLE guitarist, worship leader, and one of my best friends. We hit it off immediately when I started playing at the church. Him and I share the same passion for worship and I truly feel privileged to  lead worship with him. I have learned a great deal from him from a guitar standpoint and a worship leading standpoint.

Ricky – This is our keyboard, electric guitar, and other acoustic player. He’s pretty much a triple threat! ha ha. He also leads worship for the youth when my voice is shot or whatever circumstance arise. Ricky is a great friend and musician and I enjoy every bit of the activities that we venture into. He is also the worship leader for Crosstown Community Church which is a church plant of Northwood Church where Austin and Jason play at as well. Luckily, he only has to lead on Sunday mornings, so we are able to use him for our services! He is an overall fun guy to be around!

Olivia – This is our main female vocalist. She is also the only high schooler that we use for the The Element. Olivia has an amazing heart for worship and for people. She is a middle school small group leader and has a huge impact on the girls in her group. It’s amazing to see and hear stories from the girls about how much they want to be like Olivia and how much of an influence she is in their lives. Olivia is attending Lee University next fall and it definitely is a huge hit to the team. But I know that God is going to grow and stretch her far beyond any thing she could imagine and that is really exciting to think about!! Besides, we’re praying that she listens to God’s Will and comes back after college. Ha Ha

Josh – This here is the best drummer in Charleston and I kid you not! Josh has been volunteering at Northwood for over ten years!!! Long before I was here and long before he was even a good drummer! ha ha He has such a  great attitude towards life and is so easy to work with. He only needs to hear a song once and he plays it perfectly! I love leading worship and playing in Meet The Sky with him. He is an awesome guy and is also a middle school small group leader. I really hope and pray that God keeps Josh in my life for a long time. I really see him and I playing together for a long time!

The rest of the musicians:

Brock – This is our highschool bass player. He plays for Shift (middle school environment) and The Avenue (high school environment). Brock has so much potential as a musician and It is really awesome to see him progress as a musician and a worship leader. He is a positive influence to the people around him and is always dependable. I have been so proud of him lately for the amount of devotion to learning his music and coming prepared. No matter how “stern” or “mean” I may get with him.. He keeps on keeping on and I know he knows I love em’!  I’m excited to see where God takes him musically or in his football career!

Jacoby – this is our high school lead guitarist. I see a little of myself in him when I watch him play guitar! ha ha. I am so proud and impressed about how far he’s come musically! He’s such a fun guy to be around and he is definitely one of the key worship leaders from the floor at The Element. Unfortunately he too is a senior and is going off to school so I’m really going to miss him and how he leads the students in expressing themselves in worship. He is vital part of the band!

Anna – last but certainly not least, this is our other high school female vocalist and acoustic playing. Anna has amazing stage presence and really is a great example of a worshipful heart. She has such a glow when she is on stage and he heart for worship and for life is contagious! I have really enjoyed having her in the band. She is also a senior and I look forward to seeing how God uses her in worship in the future.

I know this was a long post but I wanted to acknowledge the people who make what I do so great! Thank you guys and I love you all!