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The Joy of Honest Worship: An Interview with Darren Mulligan of We Are Messengers

The Joy of Honest Worship: An Interview with Darren Mulligan of We Are Messengers

Darren Mulligan
  • Darren’s approach to life and ministry is marked by authenticity. He refuses to hide his flaws, choosing instead to share openly about his ongoing struggles and triumphs. This transparency, he believes, is essential for meaningful ministry. "We don't need to hide our sin from our kids. They can handle it, and you'll be amazed at what they'll teach you," he encouraged.

On a bright April morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with Darren Mulligan, the impassioned lead singer of the Christian rock band, We Are Messengers. Darren’s raw honesty and deep faith shone through as he shared insights about their latest album, Where The Joy Is, released just 20 days prior. Our conversation revealed not just a musician but a man transformed by faith, eager to live out and share the joy of Jesus in every aspect of his life.

Reflecting on Where The Joy Is

We Are Messengers Where The Joy Is

Darren’s pride in the new album was palpable, as he shared how it resonated deeply with his life’s journey.

“My wife, my greatest supporter and critic, listened to the whole thing from top to bottom and loved it,” he beamed.

With millions of streams already, the album’s reception had exceeded expectations. Yet, for Darren, the most significant approval came from his wife, underscoring the personal nature of his musical endeavors.

The album’s creation, Darren explained, is much like bringing a new life into the world. Each song, a reflection of his walk with God, is a diary entry documenting his spiritual and personal growth. The process is not about achieving perfection but about telling the truth, capturing the essence of his experiences with raw emotion and authenticity.

A Journey of Transformation

Darren’s journey has not been without its struggles. He candidly shared how the last few years marked a profound transformation in his faith and life.

“I’ve really become serious about biblical literacy and having a disciplined walk with the Lord,” he said.

This dedication has borne fruit in his life, evident in the clarity and peace he now experiences.

He stressed the importance of genuine joy, not found in success, social media, or applause, but in a steady, obedient walk with Jesus. “Joy is not a temporary fix; it is a permanent solution to the loss and pride of the heart,” he affirmed. For Darren, true joy is a heart turned towards God, even in the darkest times.

Family and Faith

A father of four, Darren strives to instill in his children values of hard work, good manners, and a love for God’s word. He shared a touching story about teaching his son about the realities of the world, including the dangers of pornography. In a moment of vulnerability, Darren confessed his own struggles to his son, who responded with forgiveness and love. This experience, Darren said, highlighted the profound lessons his children teach him about grace and the gospel.

Living Authentically

Darren’s approach to life and ministry is marked by authenticity. He refuses to hide his flaws, choosing instead to share openly about his ongoing struggles and triumphs. This transparency, he believes, is essential for meaningful ministry. “We don’t need to hide our sin from our kids. They can handle it, and you’ll be amazed at what they’ll teach you,” he encouraged.

The Road Ahead

Looking ahead, Darren is excited about touring and sharing the joy found in his latest album. Balancing family life and ministry is crucial for him, and he’s grateful for the opportunity to do both. His decision to live closer to family and local church, despite industry advice, has led to greater personal fulfillment and professional success.

Darren’s story is a testament to the power of saying no to societal pressures and yes to Jesus. His journey reflects the joy and peace that come from a life lived in faithful obedience to God. As he continues to share his music and message, Darren Mulligan remains a beacon of hope, reminding us all that true joy is found in a heart turned towards Jesus.

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