Session Descriptions

Worship 424

Session Descriptions

Session Name Description
Transformational Worship - Gary Jennings This session will help you and your church family evaluate current reality in your worship as well as establish a new scorecard resulting in God-centered, God-focused worship.
Copyrights 101 - Christy Kohnle This presentation is an introductory course in basic copyright concepts.
The 21st Century Church: Resources and Technology to Modernize your Ministries (REPEATED ON SATURDAY) - Chris Sammond Technology is here to stay. People use it and are looking for churches that use it, too. Bring your church into the 21st century by using online planning software, podcasts, church websites, e-newsletters, online bulletins and social media.
Life and Ministry as a Human Being - Paul Clark Grounding worship ministry as a human being who is both heavenly minded AND still earthly good. Worship Ministers are not super-human, but seek to help people live and encounter the ONE Who is all-powerful.
Providing Multi-Generational Worship (REPEATED ON SATURDAY) - Steve Blanchard Some congregations are graying so we address the problem by throwing out the hymns and traditional accompaniment instruments. Your goal should be not to provide worship for only the young or only the old, but for all the generations worshiping together.
Leading Your Church Through Musical Change (REPEATED ON SATURDAY) - Steve Hamrick Many of our churches still seem to be dealing with musical style (worship wars) issues. I will provide step by step direction to help a pastor or music leader slowly help the church change its musical focus to reach (the lost) and connect (the believers).
The ABC's of a Worship Choir Ministry - Stan Loyd What is the difference between a traditional church choir and a worship choir? Where do I begin? How does treatment of the music differ between a worship choir and traditional choir? These, plus many other questions are answered in this class.
Let's Get Grounded! Why We Do What We Do - Paul D. Hendrix Jr., Daren Fulks, and Doug Whitney
You have been given a GREAT responsibility! Just like the sound and technical systems must have the correct electrical grounding, our technical teams must be grounded as well.
Curating Great Ideas (REPEATED ON SATURDAY) - Luke McElroy When it comes to Sunday morning, we’re always fighting the challenge of coming up with the next great idea. In this class we’ll look at tools and tricks to become a better “idea-guy” or “idea-girl.” We’ll learn and discuss the role of a worship curator.
Story Driven Media and Having a Plan - Josh Lyon
Why are you using media in worship? Do you have a plan in place? How do you build a strong media team? How can media be used effectively? We will answer these questions and many more, when we explore being story driven with our media in church. 
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Exploring Your Call to Personal Worship - Travis Cottrell, Ben Mandrell
This session will focus on how God has uniquely designed each of us for particular assignments and tasks. This session will give Travis an opportunity to share how God radically shifted his life through a call to the local church. Ben will be able to share about his call to become a church planter. In each season, we are called to new things. Every minister should be prepared for sudden changes. This is par for the course for those called.
The ABC’s of Becoming a Christian Choir Member – Chris Sammond What is the purpose of a choir in today’s worship? Might they be used more than to sing a song while the collection plate is passed? What do the Scriptures say about group singing? Discover ways to help church choir members understand their important roles as lead worshippers and the attitude, behavior and cognitive skills they should possess.
Planning for Transformational Worship Experiences Part 1 – Gary Jennings We will discuss a creative worship planning process that will prayerfully result with changed lives.
Effective Leadership for the Worship Pastor – Stan Loyd This class deals with leadership, both spiritually and musical. Topics include: The worship pastor's role in church leadership. Should we be more concerned with musical growth or spiritual things? What are your anchors? How do you do the difficult things as a leader?
Worship Renewal through Congregational Singing: When Your Congregation Needs a Tune UP – Paul Clark Today there is more worship music than ever before, but people are singing less. Singing has potential to enliven the worship life of the congregation that needs a worship tune-up, and we will address ways for leaders to help.
Providing Multi-Generational Worship – Steve Blanchard Some congregations are graying so we address the problem by throwing out the hymns and traditional accompaniment instruments. Your goal should be not to provide worship for only the young or only the old, but for all the generations worshiping together.
Worship Technology – Steve Hamrick Finding music, organizing people, using gear to help connect people. For instance, did you know a church can upload sermon notes to YouVersion and people using pads or smartphones can have the notes available on their devices? Pretty cool.
Team Building – Paul Hendrix, Jr. This session will discuss how to recruit, train, develop, and build up your technical ministries team.
Beginning Guitar - Kevin Perry
Want to learn the basics of playing guitar in worship? this session will introduce you to guitar technique and the standard performance practices of using the guitar as an instrument of worship.
Beginning Piano/Keyboard - Alexis Cruz
What is your role as a keyboard player in worship? This session will cover discerning the keyboard sound to use, determining your keyboard role as a solo player vs. a worship band setting and working with your team.  
Church Blanket Licenses – Christy Kohnle Blanket licenses can make copyright compliance much simpler for churches. However, there is confusion about what each licenses does and does not cover. This presentation explains the blanket licensing options available, to help churches put together the mosaic of coverage they need.
Drums 1: The Playing - Kevin Jones
Topics to be discussed will be focused on the physical execution of playing the instrument in a worship setting. Questions are encouraged.
The Role of the Bass Player - Wes Willett
This session will discuss Bass Playing and Worship. First, we will discuss the basics of gear, feel and preparation. Then we will discuss the “Two Roads of Worship”: the road marked with suffering and the road marked with blessing and how these two very different roads color our worship in very different ways. 
Using MultiTracks, Loops and ClickTracks in Worship - Matt McCoy
Using Loops, MultiTracks, and ClickTracks in worship can seem intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. In this workshop, you will learn practical steps you need to take to implement them into your worship service this weekend and raise the sound quality of your band! We will build a worship set together from scratch and you will leave the room feeling confident that you can do this at YOUR church! Learn from an Ableton Certified Trainer and the founder of LoopCommunity.com 
Easy Arranging for any Size Band - Jon Nicol
If you grasp three simple concepts, you can arrange songs for your team that sound incredible, whether you have only a piano player and an acoustic guitarist, or you've got something that would rival a Hillsong band.
Visual Worship 101: The Basics - Luke McElroy Are you new to visual worship? Curious how you can be more intentional about introducing media into your service? In this class we'll cover all the basics of good slide design, fonts, motions vs stills, and where to find media.
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The Importance of Working and Dreaming Together - Travis Cottrell, Ben Mandrell

In this session, Travis and Ben will share some of the things we learned about synergy in worship. Both of us are gifted uniquely and have unique perspectives in ministry. We must work together and work at cooperative vision and design in worship.

Music Style Transitions: 10 Techniques to Move Your Church Towards a More Contemporary Service – Chris Sammond Singing the latest Chris Tomlin song doesn’t necessarily make your music contemporary. Style transitions involve intentional changes. Discover 10 practical ideas to help move your worship leading to the next level.
Planning for Transformational Worship Experiences Part 2 – Gary Jennings We will discuss a creative worship planning process that will prayerfully result with changed lives.
Realizing Your Potential as a Worship Leader – Stan Loyd This class deals with potential. Not your natural potential but what God sized potential you have as a worship leader, singer, musician or instrumentalist.
Worship Renewal through Congregational Singing 2: Singing Worship is Biblical – Paul Clark A Biblical theology for congregational singing can help the worship music leader to focus the practice of singing our worship on authority of scripture.
Creating Direction as You Plan Worship – Steve Blanchard Some worship is all focused on praising God. Other worship services are love songs to Jesus. Effective worship has a focus on God but then progresses through introspection, hearing God’s Word, response, and, finally, outward-focused ministry.
Leading Your Church Through Musical Change – Steve Hamrick Many of our churches still seem to be dealing with musical style (worship wars) issues. I will provide step by step direction to help a pastor or music leader slowly help the church change its musical focus to reach (the lost) and connect (the believers).
Audio 101 - Daren Fulks & Paul Hendrix, Jr. Being part of the A/V team is one of the hardest jobs in the church. This session will cover how to mic a drum set, guitar amps, signal flow, and where the vocal should sit in the mix.
Copyright 101 – Christy Kohnle This presentation is an introductory course in basic copyright concepts.
Advanced Guitar - Kevin Perry
This session will pick up where Beginning Guitar left off. We will take guitar technique a little further and continue to discuss the perspective and posture of playing the guitar in worship. 
Advanced Piano/Keyboard - Alexis Cruz
This session will take Beginning Keyboards to the next level. We will continue to discuss the role of the keyboard in a worship setting and the techniques, but also go further into your personal posture in worship. 
Drums 2: The Perspective - Kevin Jones
Topics will focus on the proper mindset and heart posture for the drummer in a worship setting. Questions are encouraged. 
The Sword and Song - Ron Upton
This session will be showing the relationship between God’s Word and music in the Bible as a foundation for developing an approach to ministry. 
Multiscreen and Environmental Projection on a Budget - Luke McElroy Using multiple projectors and blank walls to create environments (environmental projection) doesn't have to break the bank. In this class we will discuss the practical and affordable tools to make this happen. We won't use fancy words to describe it either. We promise. Translation: This class is very "beginner friendly" as we discuss the "how to" of this application of technology.
Using MultiTracks, Loops and ClickTracks in Worship - Matt McCoy
Using Loops, MultiTracks, and ClickTracks in worship can seem intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. In this workshop, you will learn practical steps you need to take to implement them into your worship service this weekend and raise the sound quality of your band! We will build a worship set together from scratch and you will leave the room feeling confident that you can do this at YOUR church! Learn from an Ableton Certified Trainer and the founder of LoopCommunity.com
How to Make Your Song List Matter to Your Church - Jon Nicol
Overgrown song catalogs make it hard for congregations and teams to engage in worship through music. This session will teach you how to intentional rotate your songs for better engagement, introduce new songs in a way that make them stick, and cut down your overall list of songs into a manageable (and learnable) active catalog.
How to Write Songs That Matter - Steve Merkel
Find out what makes a great song great. This class delves into the inner workings and basics of good songwriting. Includes ideas on how to capture inspiration, refine your songs and get past barriers that hold you back from finishing your masterpieces. 
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Creating and Understanding Chord Charts for Your Church Praise Team & Band – Chris Sammond Want your praise team to play that new worship song but can’t find the music for it? Hard to keep everyone on the same page, figuratively and literally? Some band members still using sheet music? Experience ways to transcribe and read charts using clarity organization, and consistency.
Planning for Transformational Worship Experiences Part 1 (Repeated) – Gary Jennings We will discuss a creative worship planning process that will prayerfully result with changed lives.
The ABC's of a Worship Choir Ministry – Stan Loyd What is the purpose of a choir in today’s worship? Might they be used more than to sing a song while the collection plate is passed? What do the Scriptures say about group singing? Discover ways to help church choir members understand their important roles as lead worshippers and the attitude, behavior and cognitive skills they should possess.
Worship Renewal through Congregational Singing 3: Content, Form, and Style, What's Important? - Paul Clark Everyone wants to talk about what music style we will use in church worship. We will discuss why this is the wrong conversation, and set a better set of priorities for knowing why we sing, when we sing, and then consider the style.
Using Band and Orchestra Instruments in a Worship Band – Steve Blanchard You have a talented individual in your congregation that plays a trumpet, flute, alto sax, or trombone. Can they be part of a worship band? Yes, they can, but it may take some work! Learn about creating parts for those instrumentalists that will fit their talent level, but also make a real contribution to worship.
Turning Your Technical Team into a Ministry – Steve Hamrick The focus is what I call a "conduit" ministry. The sound, lights and video provide a "conduit" between God's Word and the listeners eyes and ears. The sound ministry will help the preachers, singers and leaders clearly communicate. We will talk much about worship interruptions (usually technology fails) and the importance of service flow to keep worshippers from being distracted.
Pro-Presenter - Doug Whitney ProPresenter is built specifically to make high quality live productions easy. We will have a discussion on how to control a presentation on one screen, while dynamically affecting the visuals and lyrics experienced by an audience on one or more screens.
Band Leading: The Posture - Kevin Jones
This session will be mostly an open forum for Q&A to discuss the facets of leadership in a band setting, i.e. communication, preparation, developing community, etc. 
The Heart of the Worshipper - Ron Upton
Will be highlighting from John 4 the topics of the great diversity of the people in our congregation and how it speaks to developing a multi-generational, multi-cultural service. This is my favorite topic! 
Church Blanket Licenses - Christy Kohnle Blanket licenses can make copyright compliance much simpler for churches. However, there is confusion about what each licenses does and does not cover. This presentation explains the blanket licensing options available, to help churches put together the mosaic of coverage they need.
Story Driven Media and Having a Plan - Josh Lyon
Why are you using media in Worship? Do you have a plan in place? How do you build a strong media team? How can media be used effectively? We will answer these questions and many more, when we explore being story driven with our media in church.
Using MultiTracks, Loops and ClickTracks in Worship - Matt McCoy
Using Loops, MultiTracks, and ClickTracks in worship can seem intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. In this workshop, you will learn practical steps you need to take to implement them into your worship service this weekend and raise the sound quality of your band! We will build a worship set together from scratch and you will leave the room feeling confident that you can do this at YOUR church! Learn from an Ableton Certified Trainer and the founder of LoopCommunity.com 
How to Get More (and Better) Musicians - Jon Nicol
Get the tools to create an intentional system that attracts, qualifies and develops new musicians. There will be tips and tricks for churches of various sizes. 
Singing with Freedom - Beth Porter
This session will focus on good vocal production: how to sing freely with good vocal tone, expression and technique. Emphasis will be given to vocal health and proper warmup techniques. 
I Wrote a Great Song...Now What Do I Do? - Steve Merkel
This insightful class focuses on how to get your song heard. Learn what artists and record companies are looking for in songs, how to make demos that get heard and who you should pitch your songs to. 
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The 21st Century Church: Resources and Technology to Modernize Your Ministries – Chris Sammond Technology is here to stay. People use it and are looking for churches that use it, too. Bring your church into the 21st century by using online planning software, podcasts, church websites, e-newsletters, online bulletins and social media.
Planning for Transformational Worship Experiences Part 2 (Repeated) – Gary Jennings We will discuss a creative worship planning process that will prayerfully result with changed lives.
Bringing People face to face with Their Creator – Stan Loyd Based upon scripture, this is a discussion of what we do as worship leaders to lead people in a biblical worship expression.
Worship Renewal through Congregational Singing 4: Leading Worship Pastorally – Paul Clark We will consider ways we guide our people pastorally, helping them sing their worship and express ministry mutually in the miracle of Christian unity.
How to Begin a Youth Worship Band – Steve Blanchard You want to engage the imagination of your students in leading worship, so where do you begin? This conference will take you through the process of creating a vision, recruiting members for the team, choosing resources, developing your musicians’ gifts, and then forming them into a worship leading team.
Multigenerational Worship – Steve Hamrick Helping your church connect to people from different age groups and cultures.
Creating an atmosphere for worship on the Platform with lights and other unique items - Doug Whitney Lighting is about more than just illumination – it’s an amazing artistic tool for creating any type of atmosphere or environment you desire. All this and more will be demonstrated in this class. Creating an atmosphere for worship on the Platform with lights and other unique items.
Curating Great Ideas - Luke McElroy
When it comes to Sunday morning, we’re always fighting the challenge of coming up with the next great idea. In this class we’ll look at tools and tricks to become a better “idea-guy” or “idea-girl.”  We’ll learn and discuss the role of a worship curator. 
Using MultiTracks, Loops and ClickTracks in Worship - Matt McCoy
Using Loops, MultiTracks, and ClickTracks in worship can seem intimidating, but it doesn't need to be. In this workshop, you will learn practical steps you need to take to implement them into your worship service this weekend and raise the sound quality of your band! We will build a worship set together from scratch and you will leave the room feeling confident that you can do this at YOUR church! Learn from an Ableton Certified Trainer and the founder of LoopCommunity.com 
Same Old Chords No More - Jon Nicol
Do you feel like you playing SCDS = Same Chords, Different Sunday. Learn fresh new chord voicings that will break you out of the open position rut. And most of these approaches DON'T require hand-numbing barre chords. These chords can work for both acoustic and electric players.  
Using Music Notation Software to Create Music for Your Band - Austin Jaquith
Participants will walk through Finale's main features related to creating lead sheets and other types of scores. Note entry, lyrics entry, repeats, expression entry, and page formatting will all be covered. 
Communication Between Pastor and Worship Leader - Ron Upton 
I have worked with our Senior Pastor, Ken Whitten, 24 years and we have known each other for more than 30 years…lot’s to share! 
Masterclass for Vocalists - Beth Porter
This session will emphasize techniques from "Singing with Freedom" but attendance in that session not required. In this class, volunteers will be taken for a fun-filled vocal coaching session. You can play for yourself, or just sing a familiar song a cappella. 
New Releases and Products for Growing Churches - Steve Merkel
Get connected with inspiring new songs, products and ideas for growing churches. Focuses on new releases from Integrity Music's iWorship visual line and the new Service Starters mini-movies. Includes free chord charts for all attendees as well as a chance to win the latest resource products from Integrity Music.