- Thank you so much for considering me to lead worship for your event! The following is a letter from my leadership. I greatly appreciate your time in reading this before officially sending your invitation. Thank you!
Dear friends in Christ,
We appreciate your role in revival and considering Derek Johnson to come and be a part of it. Derek is an extremely valuable member of our team, here at Jesus Culture. As such, we are highly protective of him and interested in his short and long-term success. So we have developed this set of expectations of what we consider requisite for him to come and lead worship at your event.
We would like Derek to travel with a minimum of one other person, most of the time being his drummer. The ideal set-up would be a complete band (4 people total) but this is not required. Derek is willing to come with his drummer and they will work with your local band. He will give details of what instrumentalists are needed and it will be up to you to provide that. In order for Derek to be himself, and for everyone to have a comfortable experience, he is going to need your best musicians. Derek will send music ahead of time so the band can be prepared. If the band is not prepared or not capable of this, it will be up to you to let them know they will not be playing with Derek and that he will do an acoustic set.
Derek flies out of Sacramento, California on United Airlines. He will let you know the available ticket prices and will buy the tickets himself. He would need to be reimbursed within 2 weeks of purchasing the tickets.
Derek does not require a set amount or fee for his ministry. Obviously, we ask that you cover all of his (and his travel companion’s) travel expenses, which includes the airfare reimbursement, hotel, and food. We operate on a culture of honor and believe ministers are worthy of being blessed for the grace on their lives and their hard work. We know it is in all our hearts to live generously so an honorarium which keeps in mind the number of band members is encouraged.
Please don’t misunderstand our heart. Derek is a great servant and wouldn’t mandate these guidelines for himself, but we know them to be necessary and want to make sure we are covering him as he travels.
If you are in agreement with all of this, the next step is to fill out the invitation form. If you do so, we are expecting that your decision makers be in agreement with all of the details of this letter. We will consider the invitations prayerfully and give approval if that seems good to the Lord.
Banning Liebscher, Director of Jesus Culture
What other speakers or worship leaders will be at this event? If none, type none.
Tell us more about this event. The vision behind it, purpose for gathering, etc.
*Refer to invitational letter above.
**Budget needs to include travel, lodging, food and honorarium.