Kari Jobe's hitting the top of the charts in Christian music, but this week, she's taking a break from her nationwide tour with Chris Tomlin to lead worship for more than 8,500 women at Gateway Church's Pink Impact Conference. When she's not leading worship at Gateway, her home church in Dallas, she's traveling the world in support of anti-human trafficking organizations including the A21 Campaign. Here's what the 32-year-old worship artist had to tell TCW about her heart for worship, rest, and the local church.
You're currently on tour with Chris Tomlin, but you're taking a break to lead worship for thousands of women at Gateway Church in Texas this week. Why?
These crazy women keep showing up out of nowhere [laughs]. I am so thankful, because my home church is my covering and my accountability. I believe God's heart beats for the local church. That's where people are getting the most discipleship and healing and restoration, so I love it. I serve there when I can, like for this week's conference.
What have you been learning about women's ministry during your time in leadership?
I think a lot of women find themselves isolated doing life and family and juggling a lot of different things, and their own relationship with the Lord gets pushed to the side sometimes. Something I notice at the women's conferences I go to is the first night they're like deer in headlights because they're so glad to be by themselves for a minute. We're able to say, take off every burden and every weight you're carrying, lay it at the foot of the cross, and look to Jesus. Let this be a time for the Lord to remind you how much he loves you. You're nurturing all the time but you also need to be nurtured.
I feel like this is a theme of what God is doing in women right now. As leaders, it's important to stay in community and places where you have accountability and relationships with other women. It's easy to isolate yourself because it seems like too much effort, but if relationships begin to feel like they're too much effort, it's time to cut some other things out. The things you hold on to in life shouldn't be life-sucking—they should be life-giving. I'm speaking out of personal experience because I just went through a season of sabbatical. I got so busy that I was just too tired for relationship, and it's dangerous to do that. As women we think, the more plates I can spin the more I'm proving my self to be Wonder Woman, but we don't get any extra trophies for that.
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