2021 Workshops

More workshops to be added - check back for updates. Subject to change.



5 Note Major Scale: Everything You Need to Play Lead

Caitlin Caggiano

Understand how to play lead lines with 5 notes. Learn how to utilize multiple strings to thicken your sound while playing lead. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.


Advanced Ableton Live

Will Doggett

Are you already using tracks, but spending hours formatting songs and building sets? You already know the benefit of tracks, but are you starting to wonder if it's worth all the effort? In this class, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett will walk you through a proven 3-part framework for Using Tracks in Ableton Live. It will allow you to build your weekly set in 5 minutes, and have all the freedom and flexibility you'll ever need. If you're looking for a way to get your Saturday back and still have freedom on Sundays with tracks, this class is for you!


Advanced Worship Keyboard Concepts

Carlos Martinez

This workshop is intended for the intermediate to advanced keyboard player who wants to expand their harmonic and stylistic approach. Some of the topics to be discussed will be, but are not limited to harmonic chordal substitutions, playing chords that never made the hymnbook, and modulation techniques.


And Sometimes I Sing…

Dr. Stephen Müller, Dean, Liberty University School of Music

To become extraordinary worship leaders we must worship in the ordinary. To worship is to love. What do I love? What “treasure” do I value? My treasure is what I love/worship and shows me where my heart is. Join Dr. Stephen Müller, Dean of the Liberty University School of Music, for an encouraging session as we lay a foundation for a lifestyle of worship that touches every corner of life. As a worship leader, my every day, ordinary thoughts, words, and actions form destiny-shaping habits that can have an extraordinary impact in the Kingdom of God! Oh yeah, and sometimes I sing…


Avoiding the Comparison Trap: Fulfilling Your Unique Calling in the Age of Social Media

Rob Sharp

We live in an amazing time, with powerful tools and now unprecedented access to how other churches do worship. While there is much we can learn there is a bigger question: How do we balance this abundance of knowledge and all of this connectedness without falling into a downward spiral of comparing ourselves to others? How do we process all of this information in a way that can build rather than destroy and at the same time lead in your own God given unique giftedness. Learn how to set boundaries and filter through the overload.


Be Our Guest: The Value of Positive First Impressions on Worship Guests

Jason Brooks

Explore the best practices (and what to avoid) that make lasting impressions on guests to your church's worship gatherings. Topics will include biblical foundations, practical hospitality tips, volunteer strategies, and open discussion.


Becoming a Better Communicator

Ken Hartley

Have you ever had any issues with fellow staff members or your church members who thought you said something you felt you didn’t say? Every team member, staff member, and family member you come into contact with speak a different language... maybe not linguistically, but definitely temperamentally. If you can't speak these different languages you'll never effectively communicate. You will learn what the four basic languages are and how to effectively connect with each one. You'll understand yourself and others in a way you may never have before.


Breaking The Cycle That Is Stealing Your Creative Energy!

Stephen Brewster

Lost your creative energy? It is probably because you drifted into managing ideas, not creating them. Join us as we help you break the cycle that is killing your creativity.


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.


Can I Get LESS Of Me In My Monitor?

Chris McClarney

Remembering the ‘why’ we are worship leaders and how to ‘get out of the way’ more often - less of me, more of God. How to create an environment and culture among your worship team that fosters humility, a service-mind set, collaboration and unity.


Capo Theory: Using the Capo as a Creative Tool, not a Crutch

Caitlin Caggiano

Add texture to your playing by using certain shapes no matter what key you are in. Find the sweet spot on the fretboard for each song. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.


Casting New Vision for Worship Transition

Tim Bottoms

How do you navigate this with your church, staff and ministry? You and your pastor have been dreaming, praying and talking about what that would look like, at your church. Casting this new vision is vital to the life of your ministry and the life of the church. In this workshop we’ll discuss everything from initial meetings to new technology, rehearsal techniques and the logistics of this multi-faceted approach to ministry.


Celebrating Diversity in Your Church

Meredith Jones & Dr. Tyrone Block, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU)

At this pivotal time in our nation, music needs to speak, reflect, and show the heart of God. Mrs. Meredith Jones and Dr. Tyrone Block will show how opposing music styles can come together to create a new inclusive class of music. Meredith was a missionary to the United Kingdom and is the Worship Arts Director at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), and Tyrone is a trombonist who has played all over the world and is the Music Department Chair at SAGU. Together they will present music that will show what is possible when differing music repertories are fused together with the commonality of the Holy Spirit.


Creativity in Music & Worship: Break Free of the Stems in Worship - Get Creative!

Dr. Richard Hickam

Many churches are using stems in worship and that’s ok. But that’s just it, it’s ok. God created us to be creative. Don’t be afraid to try and expand the possibility of what could be. New Spirit-led music initiatives often begin as experiments or even modifying existing trends. Dr. Hickam will provide examples and resources to re-energize the music in your worship services. Ideas about creative vocals, instrumentation, and genres will be used. Richard has a doctorate in worship studies and a master’s degree in music education. He is the Music & Worship Pastor at WholeLife Church in Orlando and the Corporate Director for Music & the Arts at AdventHealth, a healthcare system with 50 hospitals in 11 states.


Creative Pastor 101: At Least 4 Things Every Creative Pastor/Leader Needs to Know

Stephen Brewster

You got the job but there is not a manual. There are a few things that every creative pastor/leader needs to know to get things going in the right direction.


Demystifying LED Walls

Thor AV

There is a lot to know about LED walls. This hands-on session will help you understand the technology and components that drive an LED wall system. If you own or are investigating if LED walls are right for you, this session will help you make good decisions and equip you to compare the options.


Enter Wild

Carlos Whittaker

Based on his latest book, join Carlos as he helps us see how God has supernaturally set us up for complete healing as we enter rest, enter war, and Enter Wild.


Expand Your Multimedia Presence Using Small Teams

Dan Willard, EasyWorship

Learn how to use NDI, MIDI, and Worship Tracks with EasyWorship to create a bigger presence in your online and in-person service with a small tech team.


Harmony and Improvisation

Sheri Gould

Learning how to sing harmony is within your reach. Learn how to teach others harmony as well. We’ll teach basic harmony structures and how to grow your own ability to find the ‘perfect’ harmony for you and for your group. In addition, we’ll discuss how to create and use improvisation techniques effectively.


Healthy NextGen Worship - Deepen the Bench With Servant-Leaders in NextGen Ministries

Matt Howard

Healthy worship ministries are comprised of a variety of ages from birth to age 99. So why do we tend to omit MS/HS aged servants from the platform? What would the church and world look like in 20 years if we started developing healthy servant leaders in worship and creative ministries today?


How to Build and Sustain Passionate AVL Tech Volunteers

David Cherry, 5 Words Media

Every leader wants to have amazing teams around them. It can be very disheartening when you develop leaders that leave. In this session, we will discuss: Ways to recruit volunteers and build on-ramps, Creating environments where people want to be, Cultivating a community that learns together, How to develop volunteers into leaders, and Fostering an atmosphere of celebration.


How To Lead When Nothing Is Normal

Stephen Brewster

None of us have experienced normal in a long time. Honestly, we might never see normal again - so what should you do? Join us as we talk about leading when nothing is normal.


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.


In-Ear Monitoring

Doug Gould, Worship MD

There are many advantages not only for the musician but for the congregation as well. We’ll talk about as many of those as we have time for including tips and techniques to achieve better results. Discuss differences between custom and universal; various devices to hear your mix and how to make changes to your mix: wireless, headphone amps, monitor mix apps on iPhone and android, personal monitor mixers; cost; accessories like shakers; stereo vs. mono; applying effects; clicks and tracks; amp simulators and more.


Inside Out: Raising Leaders Within Your Worship Choir

Jason Brooks

Are you looking to take the next step in growing your Worship Choir ministry? Come explore a proven model for empowering and equipping your choir members to take more leadership in your ministry.


Intro to Playing Piano/Keyboards in Today’s Worship

Carlos Martinez

This introductory workshop will address the essential techniques and approaches to playing piano/keyboards in modern worship. There will be basic discussion on harmonic techniques, voicing chords, and maximizing your role as a pianist/keyboardist, no matter the size of your group.


Kids Praise! How to Empower Kids to Lead Worship

Lindsay Scherb & Jason McLeod, Maryland Community Church

Building a worship culture through kids will dynamically change the worship culture of your church. Jason and Lindsay will provide you with the practical tools and ideas you need to enhance your own kids worship ministry. Topics include: scheduling weekend services, resources, rehearsal ideas, and keeping your worship current.


Leading When You’re Not In Charge

Matt Goss

Leading is hard work, and can feel daunting at times. Especially when you feel like you’re gifts aren't being fully utilized, your ideas aren't being heard, and you don’t feel valued by those who’ve been placed in leadership positions over you. So what does it look like to lead well in these situations? I believe that it’s possible to push past these leadership barriers and experience fulfilling , impactful ministry, even when you don’t have the final say.


Leading Worship with Ableton Live

Will Doggett

Why should you use clicks and tracks in a worship service and why choose Ableton Live? In this class, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett, will explain why you should use tracks, what you need to use tracks, and how to get started. You'll walk away with a practical gear-list, and have enough knowledge to start running clicks and tracks right away. If you're looking for a way to easily create an excellent sound, and equip your volunteers, this class is for you.


LED Walls: Is It Worth It?

Thor AV

Jumping to LED walls is a sizable investment. Is it worth the cost? What are the pluses and minuses? This session explores where LED walls shine and where they might not be the right choice.


Listening Panels

Aaron Rice

Dove and Grammy Award nominated songwriter and producer, 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 jump drive, with three paper copies of the lyrics.


Live Recording of the Worship Leader Probs Podcast

Worship Leader Probs

Join Brian Tabor, Jen Smale and Scot Longyear for a LIVE recording of the popular Worship Leader Probs Podcast. We’ll share “prayer concerns” (a crowd favorite of the podcast), reveal some upcoming resources, and spend most of the time taking your ministry questions. It is rare to get a Lead Pastor and 2 Worship Leaders together in a live Q & A setting. Come with your questions - any questions - about navigating ministry and life. We guarantee that you will laugh and learn with this team!


Low Tech Solutions to High Tech Problems: How to Hack Your Way to Incredible Product Technology With Very Little Money!

Daniel Gourley, 5 Words Media

Are budgets at your church stretched incredibly thin that they are bound to snap at any moment? Join our class where the creators of #FreeChurchAV walk you through many ways to save money while creating a large impact in your worship services and teachable moments for very little cost to the pocket book!


Making the Most of Planning Center Services

Aaron Stewart, Planning Center

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 intermediate and advanced functionality to make sure you are getting the most of your Planning Center Services and Music Stand subscriptions.


Marriage and Ministry: It's Crazy, Oh My!

Carlos Garcia

Wondering how to stay married and stay in ministry? Wondering why you and your spouse are drifting apart? Wondering what you can do to reconnect? Come and get some tools for your heart and mind to help you work on the most important ministry you have: your marriage. You will learn how to apply discipleship principles in practical ways to your marriage.


Microphones and Loudspeakers

Doug Gould, Worship MD

The first and last points in a sound system and in my opinion the most critical, are the transducers: Microphones and Loudspeakers. How the source is captured as accurately as possible and how the sound is distributed to those who need to hear closest to the original sound is the ideal in sound reinforcement, recording and broadcast. Garbage in, garbage out right? so we want to not only choose the right types of microphones for capture, but how to apply them and it is the same for loudspeakers as well. Mitigate potential problems and maximize better audio for your church by gaining valuable insight to how these things operate.


Planning Center Services for Beginners

Aaron Stewart, Planning Center

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 will walk beginners through the first steps of using your Services account and will set you up for future success as you learn more about this powerful application.


Rebuilding Your Choir After Covid

John Bolin

In this session, we will unpack how covid has changed the church choir and how to see this season as an opportunity to build or rebuild a model that is stronger and more effective than ever. You’ll be given practical tools and ideas on how to recruit, rehearse, and lead your post-covid choir.


REFRESH: How do I continue to grow and be current in ministry?

Ray Jones

Many folks in ministry suffer from spiritual and vocational burnout. Staying fresh in ministry is the key to long term success. Ray Jones has used this method to have long term ministry for over 5 decades.


Seven Words: We’ve Never Done It That Way Before

Randy Monroe

Everyone reacts to stress and pressure differently. recent world-wide events (pandemic, multiple hurricanes, winter weather) included. As we continue on the journey and our calling, here’s some help as we remember that “ministry is people."


SONG & SOUL: Emotional Health of the Creative

Daniel Bashta & Harvest, ChildFund

This year, ChildFund is proud to bring Songwriter/Worship Leader, Daniel Bashta ("God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion)", "The Way", "God is so good (You are worthy)”) and his sister Harvest to Experience Conference 2021! They will be leading a special breakout session called “SONG & SOUL: Emotional Health of the Creative” as they share personal stories of divorce, alcohol abuse, and a life-changing journey to Africa with ChildFund to meet an orphan named Amone.


Stayin’ Alive

Sheri Gould

Keeping your voice healthy and vibrant in these days of unhealthy vocal technique can be tricky. Come learn some great ways to nurture and grow your voice amidst today’s styles.


Swimming up - STREAM. Let's Talk About Streaming!

Aaron Rice

A discussion about your church’s online presence. Focused on releasing recorded music and live streaming services. We will discuss processes, platforms and explore necessary licenses.


Taking it to the Streets: Using Worship Ministry as a tool for evangelism in your community

Ray Jones

Getting your team to use their gifts outside the walls of the church to share the gospel will give them a new vision for the power of worship.


The 3 part Magic Bullet for Your Voice

Sheri Gould

Discover how to employ three of the most powerful vocal tools you’ll ever use to get the most out of your voice. With these techniques you can get the power, tone and range you’ve always wanted.


The Bridge: Building a Sustainable On-Ramp From Your Congregation to the Platform

Johann Acuña

Recruiting, equipping, and empowering new volunteers is vital for your church’s worship ministry, but it can also be a difficult task. In this session, we’ll explain how to build a framework for developing new volunteers, and we’ll also discuss realistic objectives, proven methods, & practical training that will help you grow your teams spiritually & musically in any ministry context.


The CAGED System Explained: Helping You Navigate The Fretboard with 5 Moveable Shapes

Caitlin Caggiano

Know 5 basic open chord shapes and how to move them. Learn how these shapes help you to play both rhythm and lead. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.


The Connected Stage by MultiTracks.com

Kristian Ponsford, Multitracks.com

Automating worship production has previously been reserved for those with big budgets or hours of free time to invest in learning complicated software. But what would your services be like if lyrics, video elements, lights, chord charts, instrument patches, and stage displays never missed a cue? What if they not only followed your set, but perfectly cued even spontaneous moments? What would happen if your production was perfectly automated for each moment and kept worshippers’ attention where it should be? What if your band showed up completely prepared so they can lead worship with comfort and confidence? Join MultiTracks.com Director of Products, Kristian Ponsford, as he showcases new and intuitive technology that can help eliminate distractions in worship, increase your production quality, and ultimately give you more time to focus on what matters. All class attendees will leave with a complete set of resources including tracks, lyric slides, chord charts, pads, and more to fully experience The Connected Stage in their own services!


The Continuum of Excellence

Roger O'Neel, Cedarville University

Have a band or group that is satisfied with mediocrity? How do you help them get from good to great? How good is good enough? We will address these questions and grapple with the concept of excellence as the goal while avoiding the paralysis of perfection.


The Music Director (MD) Role in Worship

Matt Goss

Have you felt the tension of keeping the band together and tight during times of worship? Are transitions choppy and rigid? Do you struggle with desiring to flow a bit more and add flexibility within your arrangements, but you’re not sure the band will be able to follow properly? The utilization of a music director (MD) can help take your worship experience to another level. We will be looking at various ways to utilize this role, and help set your teams up for success.


The NEXT BIG THING from MultiTracks.com

Kristian Ponsford, Multitracks.com

Join us for a live product reveal - This secret release is the most significant time saving solution that MultiTracks.com has ever created! Our team has spent years crafting and planning this comprehensive new resource to allow you to maximize your time toward what really matters. Hosted by Director of Products, Kristian Ponsford. Don’t miss it!


The Power of Multigenerational Worship

John Bolin

In this session, we will see why embracing a multigenerational model for worship in your ministry is embracing a biblical model for worship. We will also look at some practical ways of how to converge new and old songs in a relevant and powerful way.


The Worshiper's Prayer Life: How the Model Prayer Can Shape Your Team’s Heart for Worship

Dwayne Moore, Next Level Worship

Dwayne’s books and teachings have helped thousands around the world to grow in worship and worship leadership. Based on Dwayne's new devotional study by the same name, The Worshiper's Prayer Life workshop can help you and your team experience deeper, personal communion with God and more flowing and expressive times of corporate praise. Come see why Dwayne's new book has been called a "breakthrough study on prayer!"


Using Planning Center for Church Management

Aaron Stewart, Planning Center

Though Planning Center started as an app for planning worship services, it has expanded into a suite of apps to manage your entire church. This class gives an overview of Check-Ins, People, Giving, Groups, Registrations, and Resources, and what it takes to get started or to move to a full Planning Center solution for your church.


Why does it Sound so Bad? Top Reasons for Bad Church Sound.

Doug Gould, Worship MD

No matter what you do, does it seem like you will never grasp the concepts and techniques necessary to provide the best mix for your church? Let's look at some reasons why that may be the case and what are some of the common-sense approaches to get you closer to where you want to be.


Why and How Every Church Should Release Music

Stephen Brewster

There are so many reasons why a church should release music but where do you even start? Join us as we talk about the why and the how to get your music released to the world.


Writing, Creating and Social Media for the Church in 2021

Hosanna Wong

Hosanna will share ways you can build your social media platforms to reach more people for Christ. From writing spoken word poetry for local churches, to preaching at local churches, to helping churches and new voices reach people digitally, she would like to share strategies she's used and what she's learned along the way.


Writing With a Purpose: Songwriting for Yourself, Your Team, and Your Local Church

Aaron Rice

Dove and Grammy Award nominated songwriter and producer, Aaron Rice, will go over songwriting tips and insights for writing for these various purposes with a Q&A section.




CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS BELOW:

AARON RICE

WKSHP: "Writing With a Purpose: Songwriting for Yourself, Your Team, and Your Local Church"

Dove and Grammy Award nominated songwriter and producer, Aaron Rice, will go over songwriting tips and insights for writing for these various purposes with a Q&A section.


WKSHP: "Swimming up - STREAM.
Let's Talk About Streaming!"

A discussion about your church’s online presence. Focused on releasing recorded music and live streaming services. We will discuss processes, platforms and explore necessary licenses.


WKSHP: Listening Panels

Select Workshop times have limited sign ups for Listening Panels with Aaron Rice, listening through participants' recorded tracks, giving suggestions, songwriting direction, as well as next steps.

CHRIS McCLARNEY

WKSHP: “Can I Get LESS of Me In My Monitor?”

Remembering the ‘why’ we are worship leaders and how to ‘get out of the way’ more often - less of me, more of God. How to create an environment and culture among your worship team that fosters humility, a service-mind set, collaboration and unity.


SCOT LONGYEAR

WKSHP: "How to Hear From God: A Proven
System for Daily Devotions"

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.

RAY JONES

WKSHP: "REFRESH: How Do I Continue to Grow and

Be Current in Ministry?"

Many folks in ministry suffer from spiritual and vocational burnout. Staying fresh in ministry is the key to long term success. Come and learn a method to have a long term ministry.


WKSHP: "Taking It to The Streets: Using Worship Ministry as a Tool for Evangelism in Your Community"

Getting your team to use their gifts outside the walls of the church, to share the gospel, will give them new vision for the power of worship.

CAITLIN CAGGIANO

WKSHP: "The CAGED System Explained: Helping You Navigate The Fretboard with 5 Moveable Shapes"

Know 5 basic open chord shapes and how to move them. Learn how these shapes help you to play both rhythm and lead. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.


WKSHP: "Capo Theory: Using the Capo as a Creative Tool,

not a Crutch"

Add texture to your playing by using certain shapes no matter what key you are in. Find the sweet spot on the fretboard for each song. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.


WKSHP: "5 Note Major Scale: Everything You Need to Play Lead"

Understand how to play lead lines with 5 notes. Learn how to utilize multiple strings to thicken your sound while playing lead. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a card with a link to videos to continue their learning on this topic.

JASON McLEOD & 

LINDSAY SCHERB

WKSHP: "Kids Praise! How to empower kids to lead worship"

Building a worship culture through kids will dynamically change the worship culture of your church. Jason and Lindsay will provide you with the practical tools and ideas you need to enhance your own kids worship ministry.