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"Our church was privileged to have Mike Schuster come and provide a worship workshop as well as have him share his passion for Compassion at our Sunday morning service. Both days of his visit were tremendously encouraging, stretching, and insightful as Mike shared from his experience as both a worship leader and Compassion Canada advocate. I would highly recommend his ministry."

- Pastor Joel Friesen, Carberry Evangelical Free Church. Carberry, MB

“Mike has a solid, Jesus-loving heart that combines a passion for Compassion with a dedication to God's adoration. One moment that stands out from our weekend with Mike; one worship team member was exhibiting some resistance to the teaching, and Mike took her off to one side where he gently heard her concerns and encouraged her with Scripture. He just showed such a loving pastor's heart! We were all so blessed by his ministry."

- Pastor Nick Kimpinski, Bridgeway Community Church (Mennonite Brethren), Swift Current, SK

“We thoroughly enjoyed having Mike Schuster come to Taber and lead us in our worship service. It was a great opportunity to learn more about Compassion and the ministry they do. Our musicians really appreciated working with Mike to lead the service. They really enjoyed how Mike led and the humble posture in which he taught and worked with them. Thank you Mike for your ministry. It was a blessing to have you lead our worship on that Sunday and to help teach us about how Christ is being shared through Compassion!”

- Pastor Brian Kuyper, Taber Christian Reformed Church, Taber, AB

“Mike is an awesome man of God who is very passionate in everything he does. He led the Creative Worship team and was able to share how they can improve as a team in helping the congregation worship, etc. He was able to educate our Church about what Compassion does and by sharing his personal story-how Compassion helped their family see what people can do when they give sacrificially. We always like having Mike in our church - he brings new and exciting stories every time he visits. God bless you Mike!”

- Sheryl D (Missions Team), Church of the Living Hope (Alliance), Winnipeg, MB

“Our worship team musicians deeply appreciated the help Mike gave us. We gathered on a Saturday night for a worship workshop / rehearsal for Sunday morning. Mike worked well with the level of talent available, raising the quality of music in our service in a God-honouring way. Having Mike in our home gave my wife and I an opportunity to see his integrity and heart for the Lord. He is real and a real encouragement to us as a small congregation. I was also amazed at the good number of new child sponsorships that came out of our Compassion Sunday. We commend his ministry for consideration and are planning for a return engagement ourselves.”

- Rev. Thomas C. Fehr, Rocky Mountain Alliance Church, Golden, BC

“I wanted to bring Mike into our church to provide an outside voice from someone who has so much experience in worship leading, teaching, and leadership equipping. Mike spent a Saturday morning teaching our Worship Ministries volunteers. I was hoping for some general content that covered the bases and inspired a new level of passion within my volunteers. I got that and so much more! Mike's teaching was very authentic, Scripture-based, practical, simple, yet deep and thought-provoking. Our teams walked away with some real food-for-thought and some practical steps on our journey of giving our God the praise that He deserves.”

- Pastor Tony Lottes, Dalhousie Community Church, Calgary, AB

“We were recently privileged to have Mike Schuster come for a Compassion Sunday here at Hillsborough Baptist Church in New Brunswick. I could easily echo what others have said about Mike’s abilities and heart for Compassion and the local church. Mike capably led and poured into our worship team, but what really stands out to me is how prepared he was, with multiple clear communications before the event. He comes alongside churches with a gracious spirit that meets people where they are and encourages them to use their gifts for God’s glory. On our weekend together, he led our worship team to perform at a higher level altogether and showed what is possible when we work together. His gifts and servant heart will be a blessing to anyone he serves.”  

- Pastor Geoff DeJong, Hillsborough Baptist Church, Hillsborough, NB

“Mike Schuster came to Bow Valley Christian Church as a guest worship leader and Compassion Advocate. Mike is superb at working with worship team players and he does an excellent job of representing the Compassion organization. He clearly presents the need, encourages people to get involved with child sponsorship, and explains the difference it will make. There was no hard-sell and never an uneasy moment. Mike is a professional.”

- Pastor Keith Shields, Bow Valley Christian Church, Calgary, AB

“Mike brings a much-needed passion and conviction to a message that the North American church urgently needs to act upon. He very capably underscores the fact that social justice isn't an "option" for those who claim the name of Christ; it is at the essence of the "good news" that Jesus taught and modelled. I cannot recommend Mike's giftedness or the ministry of Compassion Canada highly enough!”

- Pastor Tim Callaway, DayBreak Community Church, Airdrie, AB

“Mike recently came to our church in Stratford, Ontario. It was such a blessing to have him. The musicians who attended the workshop left challenged to consider the way they lead worship in our church. He helped us gain insight into what our role as worship leaders was, and what responsibilities come with that role. The following morning Mike lead our congregation in worship. Two young people worked with Mike, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to learn to be part of a worship team from someone who is experienced. Since Mike left they have been empowered to lead worship independently in our church. This confidence that they have has also spread to other young people in the church.
The congregation enjoyed having Mike lead them in worship as he sang many old favourites as well as introducing new songs. Mike's passion for Compassion that drives him to do what he does is contagious. Mike shared moving stories about his sponsor children in different countries, and also he shared insight into the Compassion organization as a whole.
It was a privilege to have Mike come to our church and share with us, he left us with much to contemplate and work on, and he also left us with tools to continue to lead worship in our congregation. Every church should take advantage of this opportunity.”

- Tom Mosterd, Pastoral Intern, Stratford Christian Reformed Church, Stratford, ON

“Mike is a gifted leader and worshiper, with an amazing heart committed to serving the church. Mike's worship training workshop has already proven to be invaluable to all those involved in our worship ministry. As one of our leaders said "We now have the words to articulate what we believe." I was so happy to have him lead our entire Sunday service, ministering in worship, special music and sharing from God's Word. His ministry was biblical, encouraging, motivating and engaging. I highly recommend Mike, and would not hesitate to have him again.”

- Pastor Barry Marsten, Cornerstone Foursquare Church, Calgary, AB

“Mike's seminar on worship was inspiring for our worship teams.  It was a wonderful synthesis of both the theology of worship and practical instruction from a technical perspective.  My teams were called to a higher level of excellence, not just for the sake of music, but for the sake of giving glory to God.  He led our worship rehearsal and through that experience we gained some new ideas to implement for our future rehearsals.  Thanks Mike!”  

- Pastor Todd Brown, Heritage Alliance Church. Abbotsford, BC

“You don't have to be a tunesmith in any sense of the word and you will find yourself singing along to these 12 offerings in no time.  In a sonic milieu where the melody has often played second fiddle to polytechnics and the hippest guitar riffs, this is one of the few albums out there which thrive of great and memorable melodic structures.” 

“The songs with their infectious melodies are definitely made for the church to sing along to. And with words so rich, profound, and thoughtful, worshipping to these songs certainly give our praises Godly heft.”

- Pastor Timothy Yap  (Singalongs & Pseudohymns CD Review - Hallels.com)

“Set to completely new contemporary melodies are the magnificent, doctrinally-rich lyrics that have inspired numerous generations. These words are subject to some reshuffling and modernization as well as an additional chorus or bridge. It’s not an entirely new concept. We’ve seen artists like Chris Tomlin tinker with the hymns. But Schuster takes it to a whole new level. Eight of the 12 tracks on his latest album are of the pseudohymn variety.”
- Peter Fleck (Singalongs & Pseudohymns CD Review - City Light News)

“I have truly enjoyed this CD just because of its creative simplicity and affective lyrics. It is an uplifting combination.”
- Kenneth Wiegman (Singalongs & Pseudohymns CD Review - Alpha Omega News)

"We were truly blessed to have Mike come and minister in our church. Mike is an excellent teacher that people naturally want to listen to and follow. We were not only inspired to step up our game in the area of Worship Arts, but also were inspired to help children in need through Compassion. Mike's passion for both were evident and contagious. Thanks Mike."  
- Pastor Tim Sawatzky, Castledowns Baptist Church, Edmonton, AB


“Thank you for bringing your experience and expertise to our worship leaders through the Seminar you provided during our Compassion Canada Weekend. The passion you have for authentic worship is contagious and each participant benefited from your input as a teacher, and then your modelling as a worship leader. Sunday morning was a result of preparation, passion and desire for engaging worship.  We have been the beneficiaries of your knowledge and passion for God and His mission for our church and the world.”  
- Pastor Brian Russell, McDermot Avenue Baptist Church, Winnipeg, MB


“Bethel Community Church was more than blessed to have Mike with us for a weekend with Compassion. His heart for God and love for children around the world shines through his life. All were blessed and challenged by his ministry in our Sunday morning services. Mike is a wealth of knowledge, a great communicator, candid, practical, has a servant heart, is spirit-led and has a passion for missions and music. He came a day early and did a workshop with our music ministry teams. He gave some great advice and tips and shared his experience and expertise. Our band enjoyed playing with him in his worship set on Sunday. What a great encouragement and blessing to our team and our church! By the way, 34 children were sponsored that Sunday morning!”  
- Pastor Ed Grant, Bethel Community Church, Winnipeg, MB


“I appreciated Mike Schuster’s clear presentation of the transformational ministry of Compassion. Mike’s music and personal testimony communicated Jesus’ heart for the poor, and rightly challenged us to get involved. It was a pleasure to work with Mike, in the preparation leading up to our Compassion Sunday and his encouragement of our worship team. I look forward to having Mike back to The Link Church in the future."  
- Pastor Mike Landry, The Link Christian Fellowship, Medicine Hat, AB


“Our congregation was blessed by Mike's ministry. He led our musicians with sensitivity and understanding, helping them to grow in the use of their gifts. I also appreciated his flexibility and respect for the church's standards. It was a joy planning the service with him.”  - Pastor RJ, Living Hope Baptist Church, Toronto, ON


“Last weekend, Grand Forks Gospel Chapel in B.C. had the wonderful opportunity to hold a worship music workshop with Mike Schuster. What a blast!  Saturday night consisted of Mike giving us two hours of insightful ideas and approaches to worship, especially with a view to engaging the congregation in meaningful worship. Then a cross-section of worship team members joined together with Mike to rehearse for the following morning's service. And what a service it was!  Great music, wonderful worship and really meaningful delivery of the Word! The Holy Spirit was powerfully working throughout the service.

Thanks, Mike, for a terrific experience and all the great tips concerning delivery of worship music. God bless you in your ministry with Compassion and to all the churches you engage with.”        
- Ian Robins, Grand Forks Gospel Chapel, Grand Forks, B.C.


“Mike Schuster is a Spirit-filled, servant leader whose gifts of song and testimony with respect to his experience with Compassion Canada brought an invitation to renewed worship and a challenge to serve boldly to our congregation. The worship team at Our Savior Lutheran Church continues to benefit from the coaching provided them in rehearsal for Sunday worship. We are already looking at the calendar for when we might invite him back.”    
- Pastor Philip Penrod, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Edmonton, AB


"What a great weekend we enjoyed with Mike. The worship teams at Calvary Baptist appreciated his expertise and his ability to communicate in layman's terms. They were stretched and motivated to think creatively. A person could see an appreciation for the traditional hymns and the contemporary Christian music. He blended them well.

The workshop presentation was stirring as he reminded us to think through the Sunday worship experience and make it all about our Lord and Savior. We will have him back again."   
- Pastor Wayne Jorstad, Calvary Baptist Church, Wetaskiwin, AB

“We were blessed by your ministry and your heart for Jesus Christ, His Church and the world. I have forwarded the notes of your workshop to our ministry team as I know they found your teaching extremely valuable! Your songs are excellent, not only in musical structure, but in doctrinal accuracy. I'm sure some of them will be part of the worship at Crossroads.

God bless you for your service to Compassion and for your commitment to minister to the local church! Your input into our ministry team was encouraging and insightful! Please feel free to use this email as a heartfelt endorsement of your ministry!”  
-  Pastor Steve Lagore, Crossroads Christian Assembly, Edmonton, AB


“A BIG thanks to you for your awesome ministry today. You connected so well with the whole church. I love your heart and love for the Lord. And the music was excellent. I think we need to keep singing Jesus I Surrender To Your Will (if not more of your songs). So glad this happened. God bless you big time!”   
- Pastor Bob Carroll, Northgate Baptist Church, Edmonton, AB


“Mike’s heart is for all people to be able to participate and engage with worshiping God, and he does this with great enthusiasm and skill. Regardless of the makeup of your church, Mike will get them praising our Saviour with a unified song. It was a pleasure having him at our church.”
- Shawn Baran (Worship Pastor), Oak Park Church of Christ, Calgary, AB


“Thank you, Mike, for so professionally and personally helping our music team to know how to raise the bar. Thank you also for inspiring us with your passion and your music.”   
- Eric Berg (Worship Leader), Caroline Church of the Nazarene, Caroline, AB


"It was a privilege to have Mike Schuster lead worship and work with our worship team. He is a very competent artist and worship leader who not only brings his expertise and passion for Jesus to the fore through his songs, but he also displays true humility and Godly character as he is also willing to work with musicians at any skill level and in both large or small churches. Our team truly enjoyed working with Mike and our congregation enjoyed having him lead us in worship. We look forward to welcoming him in our worship services in the future!"
- Amoriza Gunnink (Worship Pastor), Valleyview Presbyterian Church, Calgary, AB


"Mike and his worship team recently led our congregation through a wonderful morning of worship. They shared a meaningful blend of songs including some originals from his new CD. We not only appreciated the great music but also the attitude of just wanting to serve with their talent and skill. Mike's love of music and his heart for leading others in effective worship is abundantly evident. Our congregation would have them back anytime!"
- Pastor John Nicholson, Rosscarrock Church of Christ, Calgary, AB


“To The World is a real musical gem filled with both good music and spiritual wisdom.”   
– C.W. Ross (To The World CD Review - CW Blog)


“...the CD is a great blend of worship songs, motivated by a heart that is so obviously committed to the Lord...”  
- Denise Hill  (To The World CD Review - Calgary Songwriter)


“...beyond physically leading worship, Schuster’s primary gifting is as a song-writer. His songs are well suited for congregational settings. Churches looking for more than just the latest Chris Tomlin tune and open to considering local material for their services would do well to get their hands on this CD.”    
- Peter Fleck (To The World CD Review - City Light News)


To The World “This record is worth seeking out”    
- Rob S. (To The World CD Review - Alpha Omega News)