Tell us a bit about yourself...
I grew up skipping over the Austrian/ Bavarian Alps singing ‘The Hills are alive’. Well not quite, but the Sound of Music countryside is truly where I spent my childhood, youth and early adult years. In this idyllic setting I developed a strong passion for music and worship and started out learning the flute which I later exchanged for the guitar and almost constant use of my vocal cords.
At the age of 23 I decided I was ready for a big of adventure and moved to London with one suitcase and my guitar not knowing the amazing plans that were to unfold in the years to come.
I love being creative and writing and had the best time recording my first EP and releasing it in January 2015.
Having been a student on the first intake of the Worship Central Academy myself in 2011/2012 I am now one of the worship leaders on staff here at HTB heading up this course training up young leaders and releasing them into local churches around the globe.
Being in a position of leadership comes with great responsibility. I often think of the verse in Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”. The ultimate biggest gift we have all received is Jesus himself and the extra grace on top of that are the gifts and talents we have to share the good news with the world around us. Faithfulness is key, as mother Theresa said: “God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
2. Leading by example
Leading others also means leading by example. One of the areas I found hugely challenging is modeling how to rest well, yet I do believe that herein lies the secret to whether we will be in it for the long haul or burn out along the way.
The world around us, especially this generation, is addicted to being busy. Distractions are our constant enemy whilst trying to keep our attention on Jesus.
“The inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failure of mankind” – and how right Walter Bagehot is with this quote. How often have we missed out on the promise to truly know God by being still? Yet Psalm 46:10 reminds us of this incredible promise.
I often wonder how many miracles or breakthroughs we have missed because we haven’t stopped to rest and listen and our hands were full with doing things, sometimes even for God instead of pausing to listen what he has to say and emptying our hands for what he wants to give us.
3. Raising up others
Leadership at its best never ends with me and you. One of my biggest joys is seeing young worship leaders here on the Worship Central Academy grow and develop throughout the year and to be able to speak into their lives, to encourage, challenge but most above all love these young leaders and pastor them on the basis of great relationships.
Joyce Meyer said that “Potential is a priceless treasure like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out”.
I believe God has placed people around us to see the hidden potential in us and to call it out.
My pastor back in Germany was passionate about releasing young people into the worship team and so I started out playing the flute around the age of 10, which I’m sure didn’t always sound brilliantly. Releasing starts at the point of seeing potential not perfection, and he modelled that so well.
Others also have invested in me by simply being available and by listening, truly listening to what I had to say. Sometimes those 10/15 minute conversations with people and leaders you really trust can be wonderful keys in navigating your life.
One of the most important things about investing in others is constructive feedback. The Worship Central Academy was really a key part for me in that. If we love others we truly want to see them grow and we will honestly communicate specific areas they can improve in. And if we truly want to grow we will embrace feedback and make it one our best friends in this leadership journey.
Looking up to others
My mum is a huge inspiration to me. We’ve been through quite a difficult time as a family and seeing her cling to God in the way she did opened my eyes even more to the strong woman of faith she is. She taught me a lot about making God your no 1 and trusting him no matter what.
In general I find people hugely inspiring who seem to have a raw and honest relationship with God and whose prayers are reflecting this. I often think that God saw David as a man after his own heart because David always spoke his heart. We see this beautifully portrayed in the psalms. God can handle all our emotions and he wants us to be real with him. I want to see more of this in my own prayer life and the songs I write.
My investment in others
As mentioned part of my role here at HTB is heading up the Worship Central Academy. Emerging worship leaders with a sense of calling to pastor worship teams in the future come and spend a year with us being trained in leadership, theology and worship and all of that is outworked practically in placement church setting.
Investing in people through mentoring, one-on-one catch ups and teaching the whole class are a few of the layers of investment I get to be a part of. I love helping students identify the reality of where they are currently at and helping them setting goals of where they want to get to. One of the things I love to grow in these young leaders is the ability to lead themselves better. Self-leadership is key in knowing who you are and who you want to become and how to get there.
I also love praying for people and seeing God minister to them by the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is so key to investing in other people as they can often create significant moments for God to speak into their lives.
Dani is a worship leader at HTB and will also be leading worship at Run Alpha 16.
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