The hardest part of writing your song may be when you think it’s finally done. In this workshop Steve and Vikki Cook (Before the Throne of God Above, I Will Glory in My Redeemer, Mighty Fortress) will discuss different ways you can turn a good song into a great one. Topics will include developing different lyrical, melodic, and harmonic approaches, remaining open-handed with your song, perseverance, and more.
As a rhythm and melody instrument, the acoustic guitar is a uniquely expressive tool, though its potential is often left undeveloped. In this session we'll explore a system for voicings and interpreting charts that will equip you with a wealth of creative options.
The electric guitar is a powerful, versatile tool and yet many guitarists struggle to break beyond box positions and a collection of favorite chord voicings. This session is designed to provide you with practical resources for creativity and greater expression across the entire length of the fretboard. We'll explore a wide range of topics that will equip and challenge your playing.
How do multiple generations work together to serve the church musically? In this seminar you'll hear what two generations have learned about serving together in the local church. Come and be inspired and equipped to pass on and receive what really matters in our corporate worship.
Thousands of families are rediscovering the importance of worshiping God as a family. In this seminar, Don surveys the biblical teaching on family worship, demonstrates how our heroes throughout church history have practiced it, and then shares some simple, specific, and practical how-tos of family worship. He’ll address different situations and also make application for single men and women.
Waiting for God's deliverance can be one of the most difficult aspects of our lives. In this exposition of Psalm 13, we'll learn from the psalmist how to find strength, hope, and faith in the midst of uncertainty, trials, and suffering.
Asaph, in Psalm 78, said that we shouldn't hide from the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord. But what's the best way to reach our children? How do we make our experience of Jesus real to them? This seminar will help you assess how well you're reaching the children in your congregation. It will also give you tools to draw them closer to Christ. We'll be covering curriculum, partnering with parents at home, and leading children in singing…
How is leading a children's worship gathering different from leading an adult gathering? Should children be led to memorize, recite, or sing Bible passages that give personal assurance? Should children be expected to participate in worship if they are not yet converted? Jared Kennedy, who serves at Sojourn Community Church, will share thoughts on how parents and children’s ministries can think through these questions. He’ll also suggest guidelines for choosing songs for children that involve their bodies, engage their hearts,…
This seminar is designed to increase your eager expectation for the presence of God's Spirit in your meetings. We'll look at questions like how do you help your church learn to expect and appreciate the spontaneous activity of the Spirit in your meetings? And how do you guard against spontaneity becoming a faithless activity or a pursuit of experience?
As we strive for musical excellence in the church we often face ongoing challenges of limited rehearsal time, changing seasons, people moving away, and a shortage of musicians—not to mention our own limitations. In this practical workshop, you'll learn how to maximize the resources God has provided you and learn the difference between unbiblical expectations and effective stewardship.
Gathering for worship is a life-shaping moment in a congregation’s week, and what we choose to do during that time can have eternal significance. Drawing from Scripture and his own journey, Mike Cosper will seek to persuade you that there is nothing more important to focus on each week than the gospel: the glorious story of God's redeeming a people for himself through Jesus Christ.
Kevin Twit has been involved for over ten years with Indelible Grace, a group of musicians that have sought to revive theological depth in the church's songs by setting old hymns to new music. In this workshop he will cover where to find texts, how to evaluate texts, and how to go about setting them to a new melody. He will also inspire you to consider starting a hymn movement at your own church.
What do you play if you're not a guitarist, keyboardist, bass player, or drummer? In this workshop Gabe Lewis will cover practical considerations for ways an "extra" instrument can add to a band context in meaningful ways.
Sunday morning can become pretty mundane. Same people, same place, same songs, different text, same gospel. Why again do we do this? In Psalm 48, God reminds his people of the delight he takes in his people and what he promises to do among us when we gather in his name.