Jason Squires

Songwriter, Worship Leader, & StoryTeller

Clothing Optional: A Worship Experience

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

Clothing Optional:  A Worship Experience

I grew up in a world that on Sunday you put on your best clothes and went to church. People didn’t ask questions. Your outward appearance said it all. You always looked extra nice on Sundays.  As I got older and became a worship leader, I carried this model with me. If I was on stage, I had dress shoes and a nice button down shirt. That shirt came from the dry cleaners and was carefully transported to the church so it wasn’t wrinkled. I would setup, run rehearsal, and just before it was time for service to begin I would “finish getting dressed”. Leading worship in shorts was a big no no. The thought of wearing a hat was even crazier. The thing is I could never articulate why I wore my best clothes to church other than this is what I was supposed to do. As I got older and started touring, I found myself having a battle every weekend to make sure that I was looking the part. Going from denomination to denomination, the only difference seemed to be what I wore on Sundays. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I got it very wrong. A worship leader’s job on Sunday is to lead people in worship and get out of the way. Worship leaders (we) have the best job in the world. We get to lead people in worship. It’s the only thing that will happen in eternity. Here’s the thing: in today’s world of social media and smart phones, people can see right through the surface. It’s almost impossible to hide. People are desiring to know you, not the artificial you. People want to be led authentically. Worship leaders, pastors, and other church leaders are elevated on a platform even though we are just like everyone else. Our job is to point people to Jesus from a place of who we are and not what we look like then get out of the way. When people come to church, they aren’t looking at you and me. We are merely pointing. The average person wants to know they have a leader that is real. Our job is more relational and less about performance. Where is the heart of what we are doing? It’s the same argument for whether we need intelligent lighting and fog. If we remove that, will people still worship? We should always strive for...

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A note to the burned out worship leader….

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

A note to the burned out worship leader….

Dear Leader, I first want to say that I know where you are coming from. This isn’t a letter from a book I read, this is real life. Ministry sounds simple and straight forward.  You come in late, you hang with friends, you drink coffee, and you write a set list every week. In all reality its dirty, time consuming, and puts a toll on your family. The outsider looking in doesn’t see that. How can I ask for help without sounding like I am weak or unable to do my job?  I am here to tell you that you are not alone.  If every leader was to be honest, we all struggle with burnout.  Its a common place.  My wife and I are just at the end of a season of craziness.  We have been spinning several plates trying to keep them all going while also learning how to do life going from 1 to 3 kids in the last year and a half.  I have contemplated quitting things but only realized that it was from a place of burnout and not from a place of seasons changing. Stop, slow down, and step back.  The thing that I have realized is that life will continue when I step back and relax. It will continue to move forward while I recover. Life doesn’t need me to move forward.  I get to be a part of this story.  What story am I writing? Social media has been around and going strong now for about 10 years now. It has become second nature to most to be on your smart phone checking Facebook, posting pictures on Instagram, using Twitter to interact with your favorite TV show.  None of this is bad on its own but it pulls your mind away and doesn’t give you a chance to relax and disconnect. I will be the first to admit that my phone is always in my hand and I am easily distracted but its something that I am working on to be more intentional with my family when I am home.  I was recently at the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX and Ray Jones said,”Your family is your most important small group.” This has continued to resonate with me realizing that when I go to work tomorrow my work will still be there.  How can I be more intentional when I am home?...

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I am opening for…

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

I am opening for…

I am really excited to be a part of the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX later this fall.  I had a great time this summer in San Jose, CA.  I taught a couple classes, played a concert during the lunch hour, and sat on a Songwriter’s Panel with Jeremy Armstrong from Worship Leader Magazine and Vaughn Thompson from Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, CA. Thursday October 1 I get to open for Meredith Andrews, Laura Story, and Charles Billingsley at the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX.  If you are in the Dallas area or you are looking for a reason to travel, come join us! There are still tickets available for the conference (and just the concert) at...

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Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

I am learning more and more recently what it means to be called a “creative”. This term is becoming more widely used among artists.  Between juggling home life and the work world, there isn’t much room in my head to create.  This has been an ongoing struggle for me recently. This past weekend I had the privilege of leading worship at River Valley Church in Grants Pass, OR.  Oregon is a beautiful state.  While we were there a family from the church was on vacation and let us stay at their house.  The backyard was just the space I needed to write.  My girls were napping so I grabbed my guitar and headed to the backyard and for the first time in a long time I had the chance to sit and write with my wife. We are really excited to share the song with you that came out of this time of writing.  Its not quite finished but when it is I will be posting it for you. Vanilla Ice said it well: stop, collaborate, and listen.  These are words to live...

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Bring us to your Home

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014

Bring us to your Home

Your favorite band is coming through the area, you wait for the tickets to go on sale, and then you purchase them.  The night comes and you get dressed up, head out to dinner, and then wait in a long line before sitting down and enjoying the concert.  All good things right? What if we brought the concert to you?  You could invite your friends over, have light appetizers or desserts, and enjoy a night of music in your living room or backyard. Email booking@jsmusic.net to start the conversation about having us come.  We’d love to make a Night of Worship a reality....

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