Casting Crowns has had an enormous impact on Christian music. We love their music, but what we love even more is their passion for students. Lead singer Mark Hall and other band members are actively involved in the student ministries in their local churches; they’ve made it a priority to invest in the lives of students.
Mark is a long time friend of interlinc, as well as a Youth Leaders Only member. Here’s what he said when we asked him why he uses YLO:
“We know how important music is in a teenager’s life. Their music’s either urging them toward the life they’re trying to live or it’s dragging them back toward the life they’re trying to leave. So my conviction is, if a youth leader can show students that Christian music has totally caught up culturally and encourage students to give their music to God and to let Christian music be what they go to for their entertainment as well as for their growth, it will change everything about them. It’s hard to do that if you don’t have all different styles of music available, which most of us don’t. To me, YLO has been a great resource to find out what Christian music is out there that I might not find on my own. And, with YLO, I get to hear the heart of the band and what they’re about. YLO has definitely been a great tool for us.”
Mark understands that the 9+ hours each day that students spend with music and media can be a positive thing … if they’ve been introduced to great Christian music and artists.