Recording Artist/Worship Leader with Jesus Culture Music, latest CD Consumed; Other albums include We Cry Out, Everything and Your Love Never Fails
worship leader at Jesus Culture Conferences
Worship leader for Bethel Church, Redding, CA,
Married, one child (on the way)
Chris Quilala on Jesus Culture, the Music and the Movement
JESUS CULTURE MINISTRY
In the summer of 1999, the youth group led by Banning Liebscher at Bethel Church in Redding, California, launched the first Jesus Culture conference. The heart of these gatherings was to serve other churches and lead young people to experience the radical love of God. At each conference there was a strong presence of the Lord, and the youth and young adults were going back to their homes, schools, work places and churches completely impassioned and transformed.
Jesus Culture Music (the music label of Jesus Culture Ministry) exists to ignite revival in the nations of the earth. Its heart is to compel the Body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship, motivated by a passion to see God receive the glory that is due His name. The heart of the ministry longs for Jesus to be exalted in the nations and for His manifest presence to invade this world. Although Jesus Culture aspires for people to sing great worship songs, it is primarily committed to see them come into His presence through worship… to encounter His extravagant love and raw power.
One of the founding worship leaders of the Jesus Culture Ministry, Chris Quilala, is encouraged to be apart of what God is doing through this movement. There is a lot of passion for God and a lot of room for people to express their passion towards God. There have been many testimonies of people feeling God’s presence and love for the first time. Also, there are testimonies of people being healed during worship. One young lady from Bethel Church who didn’t have feeling in her leg since birth started getting feeling back during spontaneous worship.
Quilala has been a featured worship leader at Jesus Culture Youth Conferences for years. As well as leading for the youth conferences, Chris has led worship for Bethel Church and the youth. He has a love for the presence and power of God. Chris usually gets his songs from a worship service where he gets a song hook and develops it later at home or during his personal time with God. Quilala says you can simply ask God for an encounter with Him – He is faithful.
The song “Your Love Never Fails” was not written by the Jesus Culture Band. It was written by a good friend of Quilala’s, Chris McClarney, who is a worship leader at Grace Center in Franklin, TN, and is with Kingsway Music. Quilala says when the Jesus Culture Band lead worship with this song people who have never really encountered God’s love are ministered to – people are drawn to songs of love.
A few years into hosting conferences at Redding, the Lord began to speak to the Jesus Culture Ministry leadership about a new breed of revivalists that were emerging throughout the earth to answer the cry of God’s yearning for nations. Their mandate was defined: to raise up, mobilize, equip, encourage, resource, and send these young people burning with the passion of the Lord to fulfill the call of God on their lives, and see entire cities saved, campuses revolutionized, and nations discipled. The Lord revealed these new revivalists would be marked by four
1) They would be connected with spiritual fathers and mothers and aligned under their covering.
2) They would be passionately in love with Jesus – encountering His extravagant love for them daily.
3) They would give their lives to prayer and know how to win the war in the heavens.
4) They would walk in the supernatural – demonstrating the Kingdom of God through power.
It soon became very clear that worship was to be a significant part of the ministry. Kim Walker-Smith, Quilala, and Melissa How were worship leaders at Bethel Church’s youth group, and the Lord began to use them to bring an entire generation into whole-hearted worship (they are the core of the Jesus Culture Band). Shortly after God commissioned Jesus Culture Ministries to mobilize this new breed of revivalists, it began taking Jesus Culture conferences to different regions, and currently hold them in Redding, Orange County, Dallas/Ft Worth, Chicago, Atlanta, and multiple cities through Australia and England. Also, in response to the ministry’s mandate, Jesus Culture Music and Campus Awakening have been inspired and birthed out of Jesus Culture.
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