Ten Thousand
Fathers & Mothers

Raising and releasing spiritual mothers and fathers who creatively shape the future of the Church.

About Us

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 an immersive 18-month journey designed to raise and release 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?

How will we grow together?

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.

Character

We begin with character because without a strong root system, we’ll never be able to bear the weight of the fruit God will produce in us.

Competency

As church leaders, we aspire to grow in excellence in our craft. Whether you are a musician or a communicator, we will cultivate the gifts and talents you carry.

Community

What God is doing in us doesn’t stop with us; it multiplies. We empower leaders to become spiritual mothers and fathers raising up the next generation.

Next track begins OCTOBER 24, 2022

Listen to our discussions

Podcasts

Podcast

Worship Artistry, with Jason Houtsma

Episode – 08.03.2021

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Managing Leadership Anxiety, with Steve Cuss

Episode – 08.03.2021

Podcast

Pat Barrett: The Joybringer.

Episode – 08.03.2021

Podcast

All Flame, with Andrew Arndt

Episode – 08.03.2021

Podcast

“Mere Worship” with Aaron Keyes

Episode – 08.03.2021

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Blogs

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Q: What are some great, scriptural upbeat songs to kick worship services off with? — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

08.20.2020

A: Here are some of my favorite openers that I’ve used consistently over the years. I’d love to hear your additions! Awesome is He (Luke & Anna Hellebronth) Creed (Rich Mullins) Make a Way (Jon Egan) Everlasting Joy (Jon Egan) Only King Forever (Elevation) Call Upon the Lord (Elevation) Faithful One (10,000 Fathers) Joyful, Joyful […]

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Andy and Rachel Graham – Vision in the Wild — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

05.16.2018

Earlier this May, alumni Andy Graham and his wife Rachel released a new album, Vision in the Wild. A follow up to their 2016 EP Awake, this collection of 10 new and original songs offers the listener a sweeping view of their faith, wh. Learn more about the project, from the Grahams themselves, below.

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Reflections on the Online Experience with Derek Williams — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

04.20.2018

I didn’t know how much time I would need to spend away from my job and family every week to do the coursework. I didn’t have much of an idea as to what kind of work we would actually be doing. That was all explained well up front and things settled in really well. When […]

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A Fresh Take on Worship — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

04.06.2018

At first glance, the modern worship movement seems to be heralded by a select number of singer/songwriters or “arena” acts. Groups like Hillsong, Elevation Worship, Chris Tomlin, and Passion have been dominating the charts and airwaves for decades. Yet, all the while, other sub-genres of worship have been simmering, and it looks like one of […]

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Live from Facebook — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

03.23.2018

QuestionsJosh: Can you weigh out the pros/cons of participating in the on-site intensive versus simply the online experience for an out-of-state student? Cameron: We’ve launched, about two years ago, and online platform. We basically filmed an onsite intensive. All of the teaching, Q and A are on film. You join a coaching huddle, watch these […]

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Ten Ways to be a Better Worship Leader — 10,000 Fathers Worship School

03.17.2018

Elevate practices and rehearsals.Much like leading by example, part of your responsibility as a worship leader is to have songs, charts, and setlists organized in advanced. It’s a good practice to communicate with the band even before the first rehearsal to go over what you have in mind to ensure band-wide excitement. Practice the songs, […]

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