Like frontier revivals and spiritual awakenings of bygone days, the worship revolution of the 21st century is defining a new era for the Church. As a generation around the world rediscovers intimacy with Christ through worship, Michael Gungor reflects on his role in this historical season, motivated by an even broader aspiration for the movement. “If our worship simply becomes about ‘Jesus and me,’ and doesn’t have any real impact on broken humanity, then I don’t think we are fully joining into the story,” he says.
Honest insight—no doubt, but Michael has an unwavering vision for what this marriage of worship and social justice should look like—a vision shaped by his experiences as a seasoned worship leader, songwriter and artist. Recruited at just 20-years-old to oversee the worship ministry at Grand Rapids mega-church Resurrection Life, Michael is also an accomplished songwriter, co-penning the popular worship song “Friend Of God” with acclaimed artist and worship leader Israel Houghton. After a six-year tenure at Resurrection Life and two solo projects with Vertical Records, Michael is now fronting a band of friends and family who share a unified mission.