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A Character of Efficiency: Optimizing Your Time and Maximizing Your Effort
Rob Sharp
What dreams do you have for your ministry and why aren’t they being realized? Sure it could be God’s perfect timing. But could it be a lack of efficiency on your part. Do you struggle with balancing structure with your creative nature? Have you stalled out in your ministry? Let’s explore what the Bible says about efficiency, evaluate your efficiency level, and walk away with a practical plan to honor God with a more efficient approach to ministry.

Acoustic Guitar in Worship: More With Less
Jeff Calhoun
We will look at approaches to arranging songs when you don’t have a full band instrumentation; how to create texture and dynamic contrast; how to use effects to enhance your sound; how to use alternate chord voicing’s and substitutions.

Advanced Ableton Live
Will Doggett, Multitracks.com
Join Ableton certified trainer, Will Doggett, as he shows you advanced techniques using Ableton Live. Learn how to use Ableton Live for Keys Sounds, how to use Live to trigger lyrics and videos in ProPresenter, and learn advanced MIDI techniques that will allow you to control your lights, soundboard, keyboard, or anything that accepts MIDI.

Apologetics and Worship
Dr Gregory Woodward, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
When the church gathers, our primary purpose is to exalt Jesus, but is it possible to accomplish that primary worship gathering goal and offer a reasonable defense of the faith? Let’s explore the four primary apologetic approaches and how they might be reconciled with a solid liturgy.

Audio Mixing 101: Mixing the Modern Worship Service
Jeff Sandstrom
The modern worship sound tech has one of the most important jobs in church. To find that perfect balance of art and tech. Musicality, intelligibility and volume. We will cover gain structure, EQ, FX, routing, mic techniques, monitoring and more. Join legendary audio engineer Jeff Sandstrom as we go through the ins and outs of getting the right mix.

Audio Mixing 201 – Advanced Audio Mixing
Jeff Sandstrom
Follow up class to the Audio Intensive, Audio Mixing 101 or for those who have been mixing for awhile. Hone your next level skills with Jeff Sandstrom as he shares his personal  mixing techniques, advanced micing techniques for drums and guitars as well as how to get killer vocals that sit right in the mix. What plug-ins to use, when to use them and why. What types of EQ to use, how to stack compressors and creative ways to combine FX. After nine years and 700 shows touring with Chris Tomlin at venues like Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks and the World Cup Stadium, Jeff has learned a thing or two about mixing, and loves to share.

Big Sound for Small Churches: Next Level Audio Tech Explained
Mike Overlin, Music Group
Audio is one of the most important, and least understood tools we have in ministry, especially for small to medium sized churches. This class will help you to understand line arrays, constant curvature arrays, subwoofers, stereo, mono and L-C-R designs as well as the networking and processing that ties it all together. Looking to upgrade your audio? Bring your questions and we will get them answered.

Burned Out and Stressed out (Men Only)
Ken Hartley
This is a SAFE place to come together and talk about burnout, stress, and other personal issues. This seminar will not be recorded and what is said in the room, stays in the room.

Choir Worship & Leadership Forum
Choir Panel
In this session, we will have the opportunity to hear from an experienced panel of Choir leaders to discuss the hot topics of this ministry in today’s churches. We will also have valuable time of Q&A. Hosted by Ken Hartley. Panel Speakers: Jon Marks (First Baptist Orlando), Craig Adams (Lifeway), Joseph Bolin (California Baptist University), Teddy Johnson (Hope Church), and John Bolin (Houston’s First and Lifeway).

Electric Guitar In Worship
Jeff Calhoun
God loves guitar solos! We will look at improvisational techniques and how to tastefully incorporate face-melting guitar solos in your worship. We will also look at good tone, effects, chord voicing’s, working with multiple guitars.

The Flow of a Worship Service
Roger O’Neel, Cedarville University
The effectiveness of a worship service is often not defined by content alone, but how the content is used together.  In this seminar, we will be exploring how various aspects of corporate worship can be tied together by theme, prayer, scripture and verbal prompting.

Getting from Song A to Song B
Steve Williams
Once you understand a simple element of Music Theory, you can be a master at: Changing from any key to any key, Changing from one style to another

H.O.T. Topics for the Minister’s Spouse
Anne Monroe
A session of Honest, Open, and Transparent conversation with Anne Monroe.  During this workshop, we’ll be sharing a time of encouragement for the wife of the minister, from the wife of a minister.  How can you be supportive and be supported?  Let’s talk.  Some questions about the church?  Even .. upset with the church??  Let’s talk.  As the title says, we’ll keep it honest .. open .. and transparent.

How to hear from God.  A proven system for daily devotions.
Scot Longyear
Most ministry leaders admit that they struggle with a consistent time with the Lord.  What if you could constantly hear from God?  What if you could sense his voice like never before?  What if you could start each day with a intimate, deep time with Christ? The solution is easier than you think.  With the right system, you can hear from God with great clarity.  In this workshop, Pastor Scot Longyear shares the simple system of Life Journaling.  Originally developed by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro (New Hope Fellowship, Oahu), Life Journaling is a system of daily scripture reading and writing. Scot will give an overview of the Life Journaling system and lead each person through life journaling from start to finish.

Intro to Using Clicks and MultiTracks in Worship
Will Doggett, Multitracks.com
In this class we’ll take a look at the gear, concepts and techniques related to using clicks and MultiTracks in a worship service. Starting at the basics we’ll outline what is necessary to get started, how to transition your team to playing to a click, and tips and tricks for getting started. You’ll walk away knowing what gear you need, how and why to use clicks and MultiTracks and how to transition your team.

Keeping Your Choir Relevant
Teddy Johnson & Justin McLaughlin
In an ever-changing world, it’s vital to build a bridge from culture to Christ. We will dig into how to start and keep your choral program relevant for the culture and for the church.

The Lead Pastor / Worship Pastor Relationship
Ralph Kieneker & Patrick Smith
How would you describe the health of your relationship with your lead pastor? Ralph and Patrick believe that there are too many instances of disunity and unhealth in this vital relationship. Come learn some of the strategies they use to help their relationship thrive and discover what they consider the most important key to health in this area.

Leading Effective Worship Team Rehearsals
Will Doggett, Multitracks.com
Team members running late? Musicians with varying skill level? Running out of time in rehearsals? This class focuses on practical ways to overcome many of the challenges that we all face regarding rehearsals. The class is tailored for teams of all sizes with practical tips to help you plan ahead and maximize your rehearsal time and lead your teams well.

LED Applications for Lighting and Video
Ron Robertson & Tony Bishop, Paragon 360
The Light Emitting Diode (LED) has become an integral part of Lighting and Professional Video technology. This workshop will explore the uses of LEDs in Lighting and Video, the advantages of using LED components, the differences in component quality, costs as related to performance, and the future of LEDs in Lighting and Video.

Listening Panels
Songwriting Track
Wednesday  11:15am, 1:45pm, 3:00pm – Pacific Room
Thursday        11:15am, 1:45pm – Pacific Room
Dove and Grammy award nominee Aaron Rice will be leading these listening panels. Bring your latest worship song and allow songwriters, industry artists, and major publishers the opportunity to listen, review, and critique your work. Please bring your song on a CD with five paper copies of the lyrics.

Signup sheets are at the Registration Desk. Only five songwriters will have an allocated position in each session with a wait list for the remaining time. You may sign up for only one session. Songwriters are encouraged to attend sessions to hear the evaluations of other writers.

Making the Most of Planning Center Services
Planning Center Online
Planning your worship services and scheduling your teams can be overwhelming. Planning Center Services gives you a centralized place for both you and your teams to access personalized schedules, service information, and rehearsal files at any time. This class covers basic and advanced functionality to make sure you are getting the most of your PCO Services subscription.

More than Music: Developing Your Musicians into Ministers
Dwayne Moore, Next Level Worship
Ever had singers and band members who want to play but don’t want to practice? What about worship teams who seem more interested in holding microphones on-stage than they are in ministering to people off-stage? Dwayne Moore, author of Pure Praise and founder of Next Level Worship International, will help you transform your team into highly effective leaders and ministers of worship.

Moving from Traditional to Worship Leading Choir
Ken Hartley & Tim Bottoms
Transitioning from a traditional performance choir to a worship choir can be tough. Get some tips on how to do it, without dying in the process.

Multi-Site Church Worship Panel
Roundtable Discussion
One church. Multiple locations. That’s how the motto often goes. Well that also means multiple worship leaders, services to plan, volunteers to utilize and organize. It’s an effective method in reaching people, but is there a right way to do it? A wrong way perhaps? This roundtable discussion will consist of a panel of worship leaders from all over the country who are in the midst of leading in a multi-site church. We will talk about what’s worked and what hasn’t and what we’ve learned along the way and leaver plenty of room for your questions.

Next Gen Blend
Susan Plemmons, Cedarville University
How to blend in a Praise Team and techniques to teach your Praise Team to how to combine their unique voices into a powerful sound.

Praise Team – Tech Team – One Team: Unity in Modern Worship
Mike Overlin, Music Group
For musicians, vocalists and techs. We will discuss practical and sustainable practices to build an invested, supportive and effective team striving for authentic relationship, spiritual health and excellence in worship.

Reach Your Neighbors
Tim DeTellis, Laugh All Night
May where you live be better because of you. Jesus made it very clear: the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. However, He was unclear on how to accomplish this. During this workshop you will learn the story behind a movement in a neighborhood that began with a simple conversation: “If you need help with anything, let me give you my number.” Based upon his book, Good Neighbors Make Great Neighborhoods, author Tim DeTellis will share examples of how you can reach your neighbors. Come and learn how you can start living the second greatest commandment.

Revitalizing Your Worship Space
Donnie Brawner, Paragon 360
Does it feel like your facility is working against the worship experience you are trying to create? Perhaps your equipment is out of date, your choir loft is too big, your pews are worn out, your screens are too small, the intelligibility of the audio is awful and you have a pipe organ that controls the destiny of your worship ministry. If so, come learn the five steps to an affordable sanctuary renovation and see real life examples of what other churches have done to address these issues.

RX for Vocal Struggles
Susan Plemmons, Cedarville University
Do you struggle with vocal fatigue? A nasal tone? Cracking when changing registers? These are just a few examples of the vocal struggles we will identify and provide practical methods for correcting that can be applied to individuals and groups of all ages.

Taking Your Songs Beyond the Walls of Your Church
Jonathan Mason & Trevor Mathiesen, Word Worship Music
Jonathan Mason and Trevor Mathiesen of Word Worship Music will discuss practical ways to see your songs go beyond the walls of your church.  Through looking at examples of  writers with different levels of influence currently signed to Word, you will be able to gauge where you are along the writing journey and will have an easier time finding the next, best step forward.

The Keys To Multigenerational Worship
John Bolin & Ray Jones
In this session, we will discuss why MultiGenerational Worship is essential to the Church and how to incorporate it in your ministry.

The R&R&R of Choir: Recruitment, Rehearsals, and Relationships – How to Go Farther Faster.
Randy Monroe & Jerry Newman
In this session, we will discuss three of the most important elements of a successful Choir program. Learn how recruitment builds width, rehearsals build strength, and relationships build depth in your ministry.

The Wall, Part 1: When Brokenness Bubbles Up.
Cathy Little
Whether you are aware of it or not, chances are that you are carrying wounding and brokenness around with you. Did you know that it is impossible to walk in the fullness of all that God has created you to be if you are living out of broken places? No matter how hard you try to keep up a façade and run from your pain, eventually, the facade will come crashing down. Our brokenness builds a wall that we will hit unless we allow Jesus to heal us. In this workshop, we will explore healthy ways to deal with our stuff before we hit the wall, and, if you find yourself already at the wall, you will discover ways to successfully travel through it.  Embracing the process will change you and carve out deeper places in your life from which your worship and worship leadership will flow. Freedom and healing are possible! *We invite you to also join us for Part 2, “Experience Immanuel,” as we invite Jesus into those broken places to bring healing.

The Wall, Part 2: Experience Immanuel
Cathy Little
Do you feel stuck in your spiritual journey? Do you sense that something is keeping you down and blocking you from walking in the joy and freedom that God has promised? Whether you realize it or not, we all often unknowingly buy into lies from the enemy and carry brokenness and wounding with us throughout our lifetimes. Consequently, we live behind facades, putting on a happy face when we are dying inside, and the freedom God intends for us to experience eludes us.  This unique workshop is not a lecture. Instead, you will be given specific tools to help you better connect with Jesus, and have an opportunity to sit with Him and allow Him to bring healing and freedom to your life. Find your true self and walk more fully in the destiny for which you were created. *Part 1 of this workshop is not required for you to attend Part 2. All are welcome.

The Why, What and How of Vertical Worship
Vertical Church Band
Join the Vertical Worship team from Chicago as they answer why is ‘Vertical’ worship the goal? What’s the process of writing for our records?, How do our services and teams function at home? Get the answers to these questions and ask many more as we come alongside you to sharpen one another in leading people to worship God every weekend.

Versatile Vocalists
Susan Plemmons, Cedarville University
Vocalists will learn the recipes for adjusting their technique so they can sound “legit” singing styles that are often used in worship – contemporary, traditional and gospel.

Volume VS Depth: Solutions to Obtaining Superior Sound While Maintaining Intelligibility in Modern Worship
Mark Coble, Paragon 360
“It is just TOO LOUD!”  Is this a common phrase at your facility?  With the transition to modern worship, many churches struggle to find the right balance for their congregation.  In this session, we will explore why this happens, and discuss techniques to overcome the volume war.

What’s Your Backup Plan? What Now? What Next?: New Beginnings Following a Loss
Michael Moore, Rob Sharp & Greg Williams
We’ve all dealt with loss in our lives.  Some losses are greater than others, and can force us to step back and reevaluate our role in ministry.  Maybe you’ve gone through a divorce, suffered the death of a spouse or a child, or been fired from a ministry role.  But there’s great news….God’s not through with you!  Come hear stories of those who have walked a path similar to yours and learn how God worked in their lives to bring them through those dark days and restore their passion for ministry.

When to Write, Why to Write and for Whom to Write – One Sonic Society
Jason Ingram & Paul Mabury, One Sonic Society
We’ll talk about the things we’ve learned over the years that have made a difference in songs that God has used in significant ways.

X32 / M32 Master Class
Mike Overlin, Music Group
The Midas M32 and Behringer X32 are two of the most popular audio mixers used in church today. if you have one, or are considering getting one, join us as we go deep into the operations of these extremely capable consoles. We will cover basic set up, patching, gain structure, EQ and FX processing as well as how to get the perfect monitor mix for your platform team.