Keeping It Relational

In talking about the band members’ various ventures, it becomes clear that “family” extends to the crew around them as well. The band seems to look for people to invest in.

Scheuchzer says their merchandise guy “wasn’t a merch guy when we hired him. He was just a good hang – and an athlete [who lowers their golf score considerably]. Our stage manager hadn’t set foot on stage when we met him – didn’t know how to tune a guitar. But we taught him.

“You wouldn’t think that would be a good hire, but he was such a good guy and had such a great heart for ministry and was a hard worker and was willing to learn.” While MercyMe’s off the road, he’s out with Third Day putting to use the skills he’s learned with Millard and Co.

“There are so many bands out there that are better bands, better musicians, that it was fitting for us to hire a pretty motley crew to fill these slots for us and to make them part of our family,” says Scheuchzer. “I think that’s what we’re supposed to do as Christians – invest in people,” following the model of discipleship Jesus walks out in the Gospels.

So where do they go from here? Oddly, Millard says, “On this one, we just want to sell enough records to do it again, to change it again. For us, when you change one thing, it seems like you’ve changed everything. I have friends who’ve said, ‘The album is great – it’s edgier, but it’s not a huge departure. It still sounds like MercyMe.’ This is us telling the label that we want to take the chance; and if it works, they’ll follow our lead. I don’t know that I’d want to reinvent ourselves much from where we are right now. I’m happy with the way things are going.”

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