Darlene Zschech is a wife, mother, new grandmother and a partner in ministry with her husband Mark. She's also the woman whose songs are sung weekly by a world choir with “Shout To The Lord” alone being sung by an estimated 30 million each week. Those songs and recordings have produce 16 Gold and Platinum albums.
Her books have been translated into 19 languages. Her passion for mentoring worship leaders has fueled and inspired a new generation serving and leading around the world. Her heart for orphans and widows helped launch HOPE: Rwanda and Hope: Global now serving thousands of the world’s poorest children.
In January 2011, Mark and Darlene and their family launched out on a new adventure as senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church in New South Wales on Australia’s beautiful Central Coast to, as Darlene says, “pour ourselves into these incredible people… to serve them and lead them to Jesus.”
“When we arrived, I was reminded of how critical worship is to our lives as human beings; it’s all about worship and community,” she says. “There are literally thousands of musicians here—this is the Nashville of Australia—and as a leader and a mama, my heart feels so drawn to gather, encourage and release. I feel that part of what I was born to do is to raise up and cheer on others as they step into what God has called them to be, opening the door for them to be confident in the worship of God.”
Add to this pastoral adventure, Darlene’s personal devotion to explore the promises of God and the finished work of Jesus, and you have a whole new season of ministry.
“Both Mark and I lost our Dads to cancer over the past few years,” says Darlene. “And we’ve seen our friends suffering due to the various complexities of life… and through all this, my hunger for understanding is fueling my quest for what God’s Word promises us in regards to seeing breakthrough and victory when it comes to things like sickness and disease. The Word of God says, ‘take heart, Jesus has overcome the world.’ When crazy things happen to us in life, you can either get angry, or you can get on your knees. So I’ve been searching for revelation, just excited to discover more about the finished work of Christ and all that it means for our lives today.”
This is how "Revealing Jesus," Darlene’s new live album with Integrity Music and RGM-New Breed, began to take shape. As much revelation as anything else, the songs declare the truth of God “to put steel down your backbone for the hard times,” says Darlene, “to help people rise up with the Word of God in their mouths and confess the power of Jesus in their lives.”
Produced by her good friend and five-time GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton, "Revealing Jesus," was recorded live at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala. and features Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Houghton. The live recording also captures a compelling performance by the Alabama School of Fine Arts based in Birmingham.
“Victor’s Crown,” written by Zschech, Houghton and Jobe, is destined to become a new Easter season classic, a perennial go-to anthem for churches around the globe. The beautiful ballad “Yours Forever (You Took the Nails)” holds promise of the same.
Darlene’s "Revealing Jesus" book from Bethany House, which she began before recording the CD/DVD, captures in devotional thoughts, the scriptural truths explored during this season of change. Honest, raw, and culled from the pages of her personal journals, the devotional contains meditations and scriptures revealing the heart of Jesus.
“The songs on this project are filled with declaration of scripture to ensure that it is truly woven within the fabric of your heart, and this devotional was written to give you food for thought each day about how Jesus is revealed in our every day lives,” Darlene says. “So I pray you are fueled for service as you read, and that your heart yearns for more of Jesus as you worship him with every fiber of your being.”
“There’s a new settling in my spirit, no sense of clamoring for anything, nothing to hide,” Darlene says of what came out of her spirit—the songs, the scriptures, the entire concept of Revealing Jesus. “It’s the story of the journey, the valleys and the mountains. You can’t put it on a chart and sing it; you have to live it to sing it out like this. You can’t declare what you haven’t embraced and have it ring true. And that’s what I love about the worship of God… it expresses the inexpressible. In the middle of this ocean, it’s quite beautiful, if you have eyes to see.”