How mentorship helped make Hillsong Young & Free’s Aodhan King the leader he is today.

By: Jimi Williams

This week on the Worship Together podcast, I sat down with Hillsong Young & Free, the band born out of the youth movement of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.

One thing that always strikes me when I talk with worship leaders is how almost all of them can point to someone who mentored them before their first album, their first leadership opportunity and before their talent had fully matured. It always reinforces to me the responsibility that the church has to raise up the next generation of leaders.

So when I recently sat down with Hillsong Young & Free’s Aodhan King I was curious to see if this was true in his life. At just 24 years old, Aodhan’s songs and band have launched a new sound in worship music. I asked him about his first time leading worship at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. It turns out that he didn’t have the most promising start.

 Aodhan: "I remember one of the first times that I sang. They got me to sing Amazing Grace. I was so nervous. I still get nervous but back then I was like paralyzed. So I had my eyes closed and was singing and then I opened my eyes and I realized that I was facing the back of the stage. I don't even know how I turned around. I felt so sick that I just ran off the stage. I went to the bathroom and was throwing up. Everyone in our group knows that story."

 Fortunately, Aodhan had people who came around him.

 Aodhan: "I had leaders like Dylan Thomas, who plays guitar for United. He was my connect group leader. Everyone in the group was kind of musical and it was just natural (to play music). It wasn't ever like we're going to meet at seven to eight to practice guitar and sing. It was just that we loved music. He loved music and I loved music, so it just happened naturally.

 I remember the first time I was on a platform. Dylan brought me up to play acoustic guitar. He was playing acoustic but he plugged in another one for me.

 They might not have had me up high in the front of house, but I was learning.

Those kind of natural things that happened and helped me get to where I am now.

 It definitely challenges me to be more like that. I think of the patience that they had with me. I knew how bad I was. I was really a horrible guitar player. I couldn't sing. Everything was bad. But the fact that he had the patience to do that, I  look back and I'm like, 'wow'."

To listen to the full interview with Hillsong Young & Free’s Aodhan King and Laura Toggs please visit your favorite podcast provider or listen to the Soundcloud embed below. 

 

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Each week our team will have honest conversations about the songs we sing and the way we lead. Join us weekly as we speak with some of the most instrumental artists, worship leaders, songwriters and pastors influencing the creative culture of the church today.

This week in our inaugural episode, Jimi Williams sits down with one of the most unique and recognizable voices in worship music, Kim Walker-Smith. Kim gives listeners a glimpse of her journey with God over the past few years and describes what it’s like to balance her ministry with her personal life.

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Shame is much easier to wear than grace. Shame is what we know. We’re accustomed to its fit, its feel. We never seem to be enough. We are always falling short. And so we move through life weighed down by an unnecessary burden. 

 

On the hill of Calvary

The light of all the world

With the world on his shoulders

The weight of all our shame

 

Shame takes over whenever we lose sight of the cross. Without the cross, our sin defines us. No matter how long you’ve been a believer in Jesus Christ, the temptation to go back to our old way remains, the way of the law.

We like the law because it gives us a sense that we’re earning our keep. Follow these rules, and you’re safe. Break them, and you’ve failed. But the gospel flips this legalistic thinking upside-down. “Therefore,” writes Paul in Romans, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son” (Rom. 8:1-3).

When Jesus died on the cross on Calvary, he set us free from sin and shame. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

 

By his wounds I am set free

By his blood I’ve been redeemed

The great divide he crossed for me

Oh, praise the God of Calvary

 

By his wounds we were healed, and we are now a new creation, children of a God who bridged the divide between us with his son Jesus. Let’s exchange our clothes of shame and be clothed in grace instead. Walking and living in this gift given to us by the God of Calvary.

 

"God Of Calvary" by Chris Tomlin

- Devotional by Andrea Lucado

We feel the brokenness of this world every day, don’t we? Maybe you feel it in your relationships, in a struggle you’re facing or even in your own body. Something is off here. We don’t quite feel at home. We are always yearning for something more because we were made for something more. “For this world is not our permanent home,” Hebrews says, “we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Heb. 13:14).

This world is not what it was meant to be

All this pain, all this suffering

There’s a better place waiting for me

In heaven

Our real home has not yet come, but we are given a taste in scripture of what it will be like: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4).

In heaven, every chain is broken, every fear is gone. The things of this world that enslave us today—our sin, our circumstance, our mortality—will have no hold over us in eternity. Whatever feels broken here, will be made whole in our eternal home.

In the daily grind, it’s hard to remember this isn’t all there is. We get lost in the shuffle and in the mess of it all. This is why we have to intentionally stop and remind ourselves of the hope we have in Jesus, the freedom that is to come and the home that we were made for. Knowing this, we can boldly sing:

 Hallelujah, hallelujah

I am goin’

I’m goin’ home

"Home" by Chris Tomlin

Devotional by Andrea Lucado

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