From such a compelling back story, it’s easy to see how Millard became such a prominent front man. He wears his emotions openly, whether from the stage or in his songs. After the success of “Imagine,” Millard stood out as both the singer and songwriter, and more attention started gravitating his way rather than to the group as a whole. Surprisingly, the band seems unaffected. “One guy has to be the voice, and Bart is the perfect example,” says Cochran. “We can all speak for the band, but we have that one guy who really connects with the crowd for all of us. It’s like that in most bands.”

Scheuchzer adds, “When it first started changing, it was a little culture shock; and we had to get used to it. Ultimately, each person has his place. Like the body of Christ, not everyone has to be the head of the body. Not everyone has to be the voice.”

Specifying some of the shifting scenarios, Millard remarks, “It gets weird when someone asks me to sing on an album or make an appearance without the whole band. I didn’t sign up to be a solo act. We’re learning that we have the option to say that the band is available but not me alone. We are finally learning to say, ‘No.’ We like to say we were in ‘promotion mode’ for so long, but now we’re in ‘protection mode.’”

Following such a wildly successful run in 2003, MercyMe had several new dynamics to work through in approaching "Undone." The band was given substantially more resources to make the new album, arguably because the label hopes to ride the buzz into a new hit single. Other Christian acts have landed mainstream hits, and sometimes that one taste can leave a band sour at having to settle for anything less. Whether the band thought “Imagine” was a fluke or its priorities simply stretch higher than FM glory, MercyMe stands out as one of the few crossover successes to stick with its previously established approach to lyrical content, concerts and interviews. “When a song like ‘Imagine’ gets played in Dallas because someone dared them to play it, we’re sitting here scratching our heads like everyone else,” admits Millard. “So what do you do now? What can we do? ‘Imagine’ is what we stood for, and we aren’t going to change if the next single doesn’t get embraced because it’s ‘too godly.’” Cochran adds, “We are called to be worship leaders. The mainstream stuff is nice icing on the cake, but that’s not the whole picture.”

“We’ve been missionaries to the mainstream, but the church is still our home,” continues Millard. “We’re going out to share the gospel; but if we lose sight of where we came from, we might as well hang it up.”

Though “Homesick” carries a similar theme to the band’s smash hit, "Undone"’s first single will actually be “Here With Me,” a mid-tempo worship song with a Coldplay musical vibe. The song, written by Millard and outside writer Dan Mukala, puts faith front and center, so the band clearly remains committed to its stalwart spiritual message. Still, "Undone" does reflect some firsts, such as working with outside songwriters, employing the London Symphony on four songs and actually writing and recording the music before penning any of the lyrics. As far as putting the music first, Millard notes, “Instead of my words swaying the music, lots of what they [the band] did gave me a canvas with which to write. We’ve been making records for 10 years, so anything that sparks creativity, whether it’s a stretch or doing things backwards, is very much welcomed.”

Another major change is the inclusion of a sixth member, guitarist Barry Graul (Jaci Velasquez, Whitecross). The new six-stringer remarks, “We first met on ‘Festival con Dios’ when I played with tobyMac, and we did the ‘Go Show’ tour together when I played with Audio Adrenaline. The relationship developed from there. At the time, I was tired of just being a sideman. I wanted to be a part of something, and MercyMe gave me the opportunity.”