Posted by Craig Borlase with Matt Marvane on 8 July 2015

For many of us in the English-speaking world there’s a stereotyped view of France that’s hard to shake. And when it comes to church and worship, we’re just as clueless about what’s really going on. 

So WeAreWorship caught up with Monsieur Matt Marvane; singer, songwriter, worship leader and mainstream crossover recording artist who has recently signed to Integrity. 

“The last ten years have seen a lot of change,”he says. “A movement has started. Religious barriers from the past are coming down.”

Does that mean France is abandoning its Catholic heritage? “Not really, even if Catholic churches are not as full as they were before. But there is a hunger for something concrete and real and not just religious activity. I can really see an openness amongst the French people."

Matt, recently on tour around France with Paul Baloche, is clear where much of the change is happening. 

“The spirit is moving among the younger generation. These young people are wild and audacious and starting new things and not being afraid of what people are going to say or think about them. There are some worship bands who are doing well, writing their own songs making nice albums having emerged from local churches.” 

Matt sees local growth and courage as key to national change. “It’s easy to copy and only sing songs from other people but it takes faith to release your own music. I believe it’s time to not be ashamed of who we are, of our style of worship, of our songs but to release it locally and see what God can do with it. I think every local church should have its own sound, and I see that from place to place. I wish it could be bigger, but we’re just starting. We’re not seeing an explosion yet but there’s an openness to see greater things happening. It’s an exciting time!”

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