Christian singer-songwriter Mack Brock is encouraging listeners to embrace a “journey mentality” with his new EP, “Covered.”
“I feel a shift in the church at large where we really are embracing this journey mentality and not just celebrating the wins and celebrating the victories,” he said. “This is a journey we’re all in every day together.”
Every song on the five-track EP, which releases Friday, March 22, was born out of that realization, according to the worship leader.
Nearly two years after he stepped away from his role as a founding member of Elevation Worship, Brock is releasing his second studio project. In it, the “Do It Again” songwriter explores the depths of God’s love for us even in the midst of our own struggles and insecurities.
Many of the songs lyrics were pulled right from the pages of Brock’s own life experiences and his decision to leave a full-time position at Elevation Church in North Carolina — a space that offered security and community. Even in the uncertainty surrounding that step into the unknown, Brock emphasized the value of remaining obedient.
“Sometimes obedience is praying about a specific situation and really fasting and praying and seeking wisdom, and then trusting that you’re hearing from the Lord in that step,” he told Faithwire, noting his decision to leave Elevation Worship was “an act of obedience.”
There are times, though, when obedience isn’t manifested in really big, outward changes. But it can be just as courageous — or maybe even more courageous — than walking away from a place of comfortability.
Sometimes it’s just as simple as “trusting in the scriptures and believing the things you read in Scripture and believing that Jesus is with you and actually finding peace in that and really just wrestling with” that reality, Brock explained.
“A lot of times,” he added, “[obedience] is just this daily routine of coming back to Jesus.”
Having grown up in church, Brock said Christians should be open and vulnerable about their own struggles and insecurities because it’s important to rejoice and mourn with one another.
Practicing that kind of openness, Brock said, can be particularly difficult for anyone in church leadership because that person is “supposed to be the one who has the answers.”
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“That’s just not realistic,” he admitted. “Just allowing ourselves to be open with where we’re at and address the situation, but also, at the same time, speak truth over the situation is such an important part of the process.”
As for why Brock decided to release a short EP now instead of a full album, the popular Christian singer said he really wanted to share the project’s five songs sooner rather than later.
He wants listeners to know they “are loved by a God who is so passionate about them” and that “it’s OK to struggle” because the Lord “is desperate to wrestle that with them.”
“If we can come back and we can speak truth over our situation or truth over ourselves, then that’s such a good place to be,” Brock said. “It’s such a good place to be to rest in God’s truth and to rest in his love.”