Shane & Shane: Poised to Change Worship Ministry Forever

Shane Everett and Shane Barnard formed the duo Shane & Shane after meeting in College Station, Texas in the late 1990s. Since then, the pair has logged countless hours on the road, garnered multiple Dove Awards, enjoyed numerous A-list tour slots, and sold millions of tracks. Now husbands and fathers, the two men have set their sights on a more ambitious project—The Worship Initiative.

As they were touring, they always made time to invest in the development of other musicians, worship leaders, and songwriters. They recognized a need for formal training and encouragement in this community, so they constructed a plan to mentor from afar, challenging others to consider their calling, consider their craft, and consider creating.

They started by gathering some of their favorite musicians to record 100 songs, shooting video tutorials of each instrument. Add to that some powerful worship devotionals and a 14-week songwriting class, and you have something groundbreaking. At the heart of it all is an unwavering commitment to God’s Word. In their own words:

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Shane & Shane is just the latest in a string of musicians to acknowledge they use Logos Bible Software in their songwriting process. As we’ve often said, serious Bible study demands serious Bible study software; and songwriting at a high level definitely demands serious Bible study.

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Comments

  1. It's likely the Shanes haven't seriously considered the pipe organ as part of the worship context and I've always found that in such cases both they and the organ are the poorer for it; if only there were a way for the organ to shed its dread "phantom of the opera" caricature in exhange for such Christological glories as J.S. Bach's great Leipzig hymn preludes, BWV 551-568, the smaller "Orgelbüchlein" collection, BWV 599-644 and so many others, e.g. Reger & Karg-Elert of the Romantic era. How woefully inadequate modern worship music is so much in its sadly all too egocentric tendencies that Bach so wonderfully effaces in his brilliand and powerful Christological focus.

  2. E.g. see http://www.virtuallybaroque.com for the complete organ works of Bach & Buxtehude, half of César Franck's (the 3 [manifestly Trinitarian] Chorales, the pieces of 1878, & 1. the Fantaisie and 2. the Prélude, Fugue & Variation of the remaining 6), plus some of the shorter chorale-based works of Reger & Karg-Elert.

  3. Kyle Dobbs says:

    Mr. Davis,

    I appreciate your comments, but I am hoping you can clarify a few things for me. I have some in my church who are very fond of using the organ, so I’m hoping you can possibly give some insights into their mindset that I have, thus far, been unable to fully understand.

    My first question for you would be why is it necessary that Shane and Shane address the organ in worship? Is it necessary that they single out every instrument for specific attention?

    Next, you say that modern worship music (which I assume you are implying often does not include an organ) is egocentric. I am obviously not accusing you of this because I don’t know you at all, but I have found in my own church that those who are adamant about the organ being used during worship are being egocentric themselves because they are demanding that worship has to be done their way, using certain instrumentation. If your issue is with the content of contemporary music, would it not be more beneficial to speak of the lyrical superiority of the hymns rather than the instrumentation used to accompany them? Does the organ really make the difference in determining whether the music is theologically correct or pleasing to God?

    You also say that you have found people are poorer in worship for not considering the use of the organ. Why is an organ necessary for proper worship? What makes it superior to other instruments? Is there a claim that there is something sacred about the organ itself?

    Thank you for your time Mr. Davis.

    Kyle Dobbs

  4. unfortunately pipe organ is one of many instruments of skill and beauty that have been side-lined as new generations of Jesus music push forward on guitar – easy to transport and easy to play chords – continues to dominate worship. Its a high price to pay for accessibility. But it has made worship worship participatory for more people and thats not a bad thing.

  5. When you guys start this Music program, please let me know i would to give this as a gift to our worship leader. He would fit your program perfectly, and listen please don’t stop what you believe God is calling you to do, a senior pastor with little music experiences just wanting to see the who world, one day worship our King! Psalm 117

  6. Jarred Greenlaw says:

    Go Kyle!
    Our job is to aim at the younger generations, and if you don’t like it then you plug your ears and realize it’s not about you – it’s about Jesus! And when you start criticizing worship that’s when you start making it about yourself. So who are you really worshiping when you want your own preferences and convenience?
    Just something I’ve been convicted about lately…and Shane and Shane are awesome with incredible worship songs.
    Thanks!

  7. Kyle O'Connor says:

    The church needs to be reaching out to younger generations and you can’t do that with organ music. If you can’t set aside your personal preference in order to reach the next generation you have some maturing to do in your faith.

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