Workshops 2019

Here is our modified list of workshops for our 2019 Mini-Conference.

Line-up and workshops subject to change.

  • Right Worship: Sounding Creation’s Praise

    Dr Jim Hart - 
Institute of Worship Studies

    In this class we will explore the importance of orthodoxy, or right worship, to the ordering of our own lives to Christ. We will use John 4:1-26 as a prime example of God’s call to right worship, and we’ll look at worship as precisely the most important activity of any Christian. Emphasis will be given to worship as play and leading the praise of creation, conducing to Christians being poured out for the reconciliation of the entire created order. We will then move into an exploration of worship as participation in heavenly things, calling us to greater transformation into Christlikeness through Word and Table. From 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 we will consider how partaking of the Lord’s supper sends us on mission to be broken and poured out for the life of the world. Led by Dr. Jim Hart, President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

  • Using Ableton Live for Keys

    Will Doggett - From Studio to Stage

    Want to improve your keys sounds? You should be using a Virtual Keys rig. Want to do it in the most stable, flexible way? Then you should be using Ableton Live! In this class, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett will show you why you should be using Ableton Live for your keys rig and how using the same platform you use for tracks will save you time and give you freedom. Learn how to use External gear, plug-ins and built-in sounds in Ableton Live. Learn how to create a simple, stable keys setup, and how to pre-program your patch changes using Live. Focus less on fiddling with your computer, and spend more time leading worship.

  • Faithful In The Little

    Meredith Andrews

    Discover the value and significance of persevering in the process and dive into the truth that God delights in faithfulness and obedience over accomplishments and outcomes.

  • Small Musical Sadnesses for a Higher Musical Joy

    Grant Norsworthy - More Than Music Mentor

    Worshipping musicians! If it truly is our goal and desire to lead our congregations - to help our church find their own “voice” as they sing songs of worship - we will need to make some selfless, congregation-serving, musical choices. Initially, we won’t like it! We must learn to accept several, small musical sadnesses if we are to experience the higher joy of music. This class will demonstrate and teach the path through the small sadnesses towards the higher joy.

  • That Thing You Do

    Craig Adams - Lifeway

    Not everyone can sound like K-LOVE on Sunday morning. Discover the freedom and joy found in employing and nurturing the uniqueness of the gifts found within your community of faith.

  • Israel: The Land of Praise

    Dr Richard Liverance - Israel Ministry of Tourism

    At the center of worship is the exultation and proclamation of the God of Israel and His redemptive purposes. The prophet Isaiah once wrote, “Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest and every tree in it; for the LORD has redeemed Jacob and in Israel He shows forth His glory” (Isaiah 44:23). Why does God delight in Israel, and why has He chosen to glorify Himself there? We invite you to come on a journey of discovery with us as we explore the importance of Israel, and how actually being in the land of Israel can transform your understanding of God’s redemptive purposes and your passion for loving, serving, and worshipping Him.

  • Mini-Songwriting Intensive Pt. 2

    Mike Murray - Integrity Music

    Song critiques & Ask A Publisher Q&A. Led by Mike Murray, Senior Creative Director with Integrity Music.

  • 5 Note Major Scale: Everything you need to play lead

    Caitlin Caggiano - McPherson Guitars

    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.

  • Mini-Songwriting Intensive Pt. 1

    Mike Murray - Integrity Music

    Song critiques & Writing Songs For Your Local Church Discussion. Led by Mike Murray, Senior Creative Director with Integrity Music.

  • Leadership: Build To Last

    Randy Monroe

    A collaborative session about ministry and longevity in the ministry as we consider some key leadership proverbs.

  • The Art of Worship Through Technology

    AE Global Media

    Why use technology in worship? Art is defined as: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings -Merriam-Webster Dictionary. How can the church use this to reach their community? Technologies are an effective way to create art in worship. They help create a visual impact that words alone may not communicate. They engage the congregation and encourage participation. Technology uses new ways to talk about an old message. Learn key ways to create art in worship use technology.

  • The 7 Biggest Tech Trends For Worship in 2020

    Jim Thorne - Messenger AVL

    We will discuss what’s new, what’s hot and how to implement these upcoming technologies in your venue. Look for changes in Video Recording, LED, Streaming, Audio and other technologies.

  • Implementing and Enhancing Your Online Giving Experience

    Michael Smith - Custom Donations

    How well is your ministry executing online giving? Do you even have a way for people to give online? This workshop will cover ways that online giving can be implemented, best practices, common problems, recurring giving programs, and more. Whether you are new to online giving or have a well-established program, you’ll walk away with actionable items on how to implement a solution or enhance your existing solution. No technical expertise required!

  • Why Do We Sing?: Bringing Unity With an Agreed, Measurable Goal

    Grant Norsworthy - More Than Music Mentor

    For those who are involved with music and songs for worship, it is very easy to become consumed with the “what" and the “how". But, the “what" and “how" must flow from the all-important “why". If we have a simple, clearly defined and measurable objective - a unifying goal - the what and how become much easier.

  • The Live Music Worship Method

    Lang Bliss

    On Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, people, just regular people, get in their cars and drive to a building where they hope, in their heart of hearts, to meet God. They know that music helps to usher them into God's presence but when each Sunday goes by and nothing really happens in their hearts, they think it’s them; the congregation, that are somehow, not getting “it”. Great worship experiences don’t happen by mistake. They happen when certain ideas and concepts are utilized and presented in a way that freedom is brought to a room and people are ushered into the transcendent presence of God. These are big ideas but they are simple and easy to apply once you see them. This workshop will help you see and apply them.

  • Live Recording of the Worship Leader Probs Podcast

    Worship Leader Probs

    Join Mr. Probs, Jeremy Van Valkenburg, and Scot Longyear for a LIVE recording of the popular Worship Leader Probs Podcast. The boys will 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, Worship Pastor and Production Pastor 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!

  • 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 learning on this topic.

  • “Locking In” As The Rhythm Section

    Dave Nowak & James McKey

    This Bass and Drum workshop will go through the essentials of providing the rhythmic and harmonic foundations of the band. Leading the conversation will be Dave Nowak (bass) and James McKey (drums). Dave and James have decades of experience playing and touring together with artists such as Kari Jobe, 4Him, Twila Paris, Al Denson, and many more. They have also been an integral part of the worship team at First Baptist Orlando for over 20 years. Come away understanding how to “lock in” with each other and take your congregation’s worship experience to the next level.

  • Music and Resources for Your Worship Choirs

    Lifeway Worship

    Come and hear new resources for your worship choirs, including multigenerational worship resources. Come here the newest music that will help you build growth, energy, and passion into your worship teams.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ableton Live and The Connected Stage

    Will Doggett

    Imagine this...You step on stage, press play, and all your lights, lyrics, and videos are perfectly in sync. Your tempos are in sync, and your presets change based on what song and where you are in the song. Best of all, it doesn't take you hours to make this happen! In this class, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett will show you how to bring excellence to your production, without sacrificing freedom, or spending hours doing it. You'll learn how to use Ableton Live to simplify your on stage performance, no matter your budget. You'll learn how to use Ableton Live to connection and control, almost anything!

  • Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

    Lindsey Benedict

    As female worship leaders, we all share the same struggle. We try to find our beauty in how we look and how well we perform. When our appearance and performance fall short of the world's standards, or even our own standards, we are faced with an internal crisis. God is calling us to pursue a different kind of beauty, an inner beauty that never fades (1 Peter 3:4). During this workshop, we will outline this beautiful pursuit while we rediscover our identity in Christ and gain supernatural confidence as worship leaders and women of God!

  • Can’t We All Just Get Along? How to Build True Community and Connections within your Team

    Cathy Little and Melinda Wilson

    Let’s be honest. Relationships are hard. People are weird and we all have our stuff, and that can make relational dynamics challenging. This workshop will be interactive, fun, and practical, and it comes with a guarantee that you will leave with proven, effective, and simple tools that will help strengthen relationships within your worship community and beyond. Led by Cathy Little and Melinda Wilson of Face to Face Ministries.

  • Using Tracks without Spending Hours

    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 Certifed 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!

  • The Acoustic Guitar In Worship: For Worship Leaders and Band Members

    Jeff Calhoun

    Learn how to get the most out of your guitar as a worship leader and band member. If you are leading worship with just you and your guitar, this workshop will give you techniques on how to use the full dynamic and tonal range of your instrument. If you are a band member this class will give you techniques to better compliment the other instruments in the band. Learn new chord and new approaches to playing your instrument that will help you create texture and dynamic contour in your worship sets. Learn how to get out of “cover band” mode and create arrangements that fit your band.

  • Starting Over from Ground Zero: Building Teams in a New Ministry

    Michael Moore

    Sometimes God leads us to accept a call to service in a new exciting! But that excitement and joy can also include some fear and challenges, especially if there isn’t much in place in the areas of music, worship arts, or media ministry. In this session we’ll explore this issue and share some tips to help get that new ministry growing!

  • 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.

  • Ignite Leadership Bootcamp: Activating your Identity, Capacity and Destiny

    Foye Belyea

    Are you feeling burned out, underdeveloped or all alone? Have you been working for the Lord and are longing for fresh vision and renewed passion? Are you brand new to a leadership role and desire a proven roadmap and toolbox? This encouraging and interactive workshop is designed for anyone who is looking grow in their personal leadership potential, build an effective ministry team, or is simply longing to become more skilled in intentional disciplemaking.

  • Don’t Just Lead Songs, Learn How to Pastor and Move a Room

    Mike Haight - Slingshot Group

    We’ll talk about: what pastoring an experience means; how the church is hungry for transcendent gatherings; unique worship style; and verbal transitions.