Innovative Ministry Leader is excited to share an exciting interview with Kristian Stanfill. Kristian has just released a new album called “Attention” on Six Step Records. Be sure to pick a copy up where ever records are sold.
Innovative Ministry Leader (IML): What Inspired you to write your new album “Attention?” Does it currently reflect where you are with you relationship with Jesus?
Kristian Stanfill: My band and I have been traveling the country and the world for the past
three years, and we’ve seen a massive amount of apathy and complacency
happening in the Christian life both from stage and in the mirror. We
wanted this record to encourage people, including ourselves, to live a life
filled with big faith and forward movement toward God’s will and glory. We
are praying as a band and as a community of believers that we will live
these songs out first so that we can carry them honestly and truthfully to
God’s people all across the world.
IML: If there is one song on this album that you could share with the
entire world at once, which one would it be and why?
Kristian: “Wake Up.” I think this song is the crux of the whole record. It’s about
jumping out of our culture’s stream of self-preservation and
self-centeredness and giving our life away to the purposes and will of God.
If I had five minutes to say one thing to whole world it
would be that living for Jesus brings more satisfaction than the
fading glory of this world ever could. Great question!
IML: What makes “Attention” unlike any other Worship album out
Kristian: Before we started recording this record, we met together as a band to
rehearse and write together. At our first meeting I laid out a
challenge from Isaiah 43. Verse 18 and 19 say, “Forget the former
things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it
springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.” We agreed immediately that we had
nothing original in us to offer, but believed that God, being
infinitely creative, could do something new with these songs and our
gifts. We prayed that he would help our minds to “perceive it”. This
is as true and honest an offering as we can offer. We are praying it
leads people to connect with god in fresh ways.
IML: We noticed you are doing some touring with Student Life.
What made Student Life a good fit for you?
Kristian: We have been partnering with Student Life for a few years now and they
have been so good to us. What we love so much about the Student Life
team is the way they empower us to be ourselves and do what God has
called us to do. Mainly though, we share a passion for seeing
students live lives that glorify God and reflect Him to the world.
It’s a great ministry to be involved with.
IML: In this day and age, where do you see Worship moving to
among our current culture and the way we connect with God?
Stylistically it seems that everywhere we go people are craving raw,
honest, real life confessions. There’s a lot of hurt and confusion in
the world and people experiencing this hurt need pointed confessions
that help put words around their situation. Personal circumstance can
often get lost in the flowery language of a song. Sometimes people
just need to say, “a thousand times I’ve failed, still your mercy
remains,” or just simply “He loves us” or “I need you.” Even though
styles might change, our response to God’s greatness and glory will
never change. When we experience his majesty our response will always
be awe and adoration.
IML: What is something you get really passionate about?
Kristian: True creativity. When dollar signs and popular trends are forgotten
and something fresh happens that leads people to connect with God in a
new way. There’s a risk that’s taken and it feels unnatural, but it’s
true creativity. I hope and pray as a worship songwriter and
Christian artist that I’m able to meet people where they are
stylistically and then take them somewhere new.
IML: If you had one prayer for the world, what would it be?
Kristian: That we would ALL lay our idols down and worship the only high and
Be sure to check Kristian Stanfill’s website by visiting www.kristianstanfill.com