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Jack Barnett (aka. Jack Diaz)

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Los Angeles, CA

Class of 2010

1st year Music Directing/Worship Leading

2nd-4th year Songwriting

C3 College was life changing! I learned how to fully consecrate my gifts to God and His church. When I graduated college I began attending C3LA where everything I learned had a chance to bloom.

I jumped onto team and served any way I could. When my pastor asked me to run the worship team I was so nervous! Leadership was a muscle I thought I would NEVER use. I wanted so much to be an artist, and for some reason I believed that artistry and ministry were two separate things. But I leaned into God and tried to remember Ryan Smith’s Holy Spirit class as much as possible!

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Unfortunately, as I grew in leadership, my creativity began to die. Where once it was a well oiled door into Gods presence, it turned into a locked door, and I was unable to access God the way I used to. Before ministry, my creative freedom was spontaneous. Yet as my life got fuller, the need for intentionality with creative time became essential. Because I wasn’t intentionally setting time aside to be creative with God, I began to actually believe creativity wasn’t for me.

Finally, my pastor confronted me about my mental state. My lack of creativity began to bleed into my leadership and my home life. I expressed that I had stopped writing music all together. She released me from the lie I adopted that creativity was an option and encouraged me to schedule in time to write.

So I did! Since then I’ve seen health in my relationship with God and my marriage. I’ve seen it release leaders in my team to be creative in songwriting. I’ve been a healthier leader in releasing the pressure to perform and be the creative self God designed in me. I’ve seen the impact C3LA Music has had and I am so humbled. I am so grateful to God for leading me to Sydney and C3 College!