For centuries, there have been well-worn roads for senior pastors and other church leaders to be trained for their work in ministry – bible college, seminary, divinity school – but as a worship pastor, where do you go to get trained biblically and artistically, culturally and skillfully?
There are many people teaching worship leaders these days, but very few places you can go to be fathered and mothered to become what God’s gifted and called you to become. 10,000 Fathers & Mothers (10KFAM) is committed to raising and releasing spiritual mothers and fathers who creatively shape the future of the church. We nurture worship leaders who lead songs to become worship pastors who lead people.
It’s a move from internship (come meet with me) to discipleship (come follow and share life with me). It’s good to have teachers, to get information, but who is building and transforming you? Who is investing in you and walking with you?
At 10KFAM, we have the pleasure of leading two distinct communities of worship leaders through Worship School and Mere Worship. We are also uniquely positioned to offer Strategic Support to churches and ministries in their worship contexts.
For nearly fifteen years, 10KFAM has been empowering leaders to become spiritual mothers and fathers who creatively shape the future of the church.
Developing leaders is good, but discipling them is critical. This is what we’re about, because this is what Jesus was about. And this is what changed the world.
In 1 Corinthians 4, Paul said, “Even if you had 10,000 teachers, you do not have many fathers…” There are no shortage of teachers transferring information, leaders performing onstage. But what’s most needed is least offered: spiritual mothers and fathers, raising up kingdom families.
Aaron and Megan Keyes are the delighted parents of four sons (Cooper, Judah, Nyle, and Linen). They live in Colorado Springs where Aaron serves as a Worship Pastor at New Life Church and Megan is pursuing her counseling degree.
Since the early 2000s, Aaron and his band have traveled nationally and internationally, leading worship and training leaders. In 2008, the Keyes launched the worship school with four students coming to live in their basement and on their tour bus for six months of “real, gritty shared-life and on-the-job discipleship.”
In 2011, the school expanded to the Intensive model of training and coaching that exists today in order to serve more students in various seasons of life and ministry. Since then, many worship leaders from around the world have come through their home, gone through their training, and become part of the broader family of 10,000 Fathers & Mothers.
All of our coaches have experienced the same life change through 10,000 Fathers & Mothers Worship School that we hope to see nurtured in our students. They are each remarkable worship pastors in their own contexts, as well as experienced coaches who know how to walk with leaders through the regular rigors of ministry leadership. These are faithful men and women who we have seen lovingly come alongside others to greatly fruitful effect. And lastly: all of our coaches hold post-graduate degrees.