WORSHIP LEADERS – Input, Ideas….

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If you’re a Worship Leader or Worship type person I have a question for you. I really could use your input.

I’m in the process of dreaming alongside some people about a potential worship conference. It’s in the works and let me just say, IF THIS HAPPENS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT! Here’s the deal though, I desperately want your input on what would make a conference worth your time and what areas you would like to hear more about from Worship Leaders that you respect?

The questions to answer are the following:

1. What are subject matters and topics that would help you in your quest to be a better leader, pastor, songwriter, musician, etc…

2. Are there certain things that you feel like aren’t addressed at ‘other’ conferences that you wish some conference would speak too?

3. What would be a MAJOR reason that you would do ‘whatever it took’ to make sure you got to be at a conference as it relates to worship?

4. What’s the max you would pay for a 3-4 day conference?

5. How many people from your staff or team would you bring with you if it had the components you were looking to grow in?

Help me out…we really want your input and there are some REALLY great things in the talks right now. More later as things develop. Don’t forget to answer the questions. If you want just copy and paste the questions into a ‘comment’ box and answer right underneath each question. Thanks in advance for your input!

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10 responses to “WORSHIP LEADERS – Input, Ideas….

  1. I guess my first question would be, what would make this one different?

    It seems like there are hundreds of conferences in Christendom that cover creativity, worship, etc but they all are essentially the same thing.

    I would be interested in being part of one that was unique and not self-serving for sure.

    I will also volunteer to lead a break-out session entitled “Kazoos, Washboards, and Juice Harps: the Future of Worship Instrumentation.”

  2. 1. leading a culture of worship, building worship culture in an existing church, songwriting with multiple people, how to challenge constant musicianship growth on your team. worship and web 2.0/blogging.

    2. how to take the people in the seats to the place that the people on the stage are going? more teachings on theology of worship.

    3. the line up of teachers/leaders/worship experiences packed into 3 days. learning from seasoned leaders/songwriters and new up and coming. with a small conference mindset-a closeness to the people teaching and people receiving…..similar to recreate

    4. $200-$300

    5. 10-15, pending on the distance traveled

  3. 1. Topics focused at Artists in Residence (songwriting, team dynamics, church connection, etc)

    2. Too much is usually spent on the “contemporary music” talk and little focuses on current music and modern material… integration of modern arts into a church setting.

    3. If there was something that talked about media connection, stage layout/design, lighting and sound, and overall cultural/environmental creation, time for “breakout sessions” (hate that term) :-) then it would definitely be something I’d want to bring team leaders to.

    4. Not sure about pricing… church budget has more “say” over that than anything. I think they asked me to go to a conference that was $250 for 3 days, so I guess that is a ballpark…

    5. I’d say 4-5 team leaders…

    Wow, I feel like I’m extremely demanding with this list! It’s not like what I’m saying are THE things to do by any means. I just know that I’d be totally drawn to something like that and I know some of my friends would be too…

    Is that any help?
    *Feel free to delete if completely devoid of usefulness!

  4. 1. What are subject matters and topics that would help you in your quest to be a better leader, pastor, songwriter, musician, etc…

    A) That preparedness and discipline in both spiritual and musical aspects are, by far, the most important things. I think maintaining a healthy balance of both. I find that too many times worship leaders will excel in one, but lack in the other.

    B) Learn how to be intentionally transparent on stage. Be able to plan and prepare enough beforehand that you can get out of the way during.

    C) That musical excellence in worship doesn’t always mean “more”. More guitars, more effects, more lighting, more vocalists… I find the simplicity of the message to be more powerful than anything we can cram on top of it. The difference between playing “normal” rock music and playing worship is that worship’s subject matter is so much more potent than any other. So then everything else around it should only serve to enhance the message.

    2. Are there certain things that you feel like aren’t addressed at ‘other’ conferences that you wish some conference would speak too?

    A) I can’t attest to whether or not this is touched on in other conferences but, I think the majority of people in a worship leadership role understand the theology of worship well enough. But I don’t know if they know how to “package” it to their congregation. When someone in their church complains about the guitar solo, they don’t understand that it’s not so much the notes being played, but the EQ and/or bad mix. A lot of times they don’t understand band dynamics, song structure, effective backing vocals or dynamics concerning the worship set as a whole. I think the technical parts of leading a group of musicians should be touched on heavily.

    3. What would be a MAJOR reason that you would do ‘whatever it took’ to make sure you got to be at a conference as it relates to worship?

    To have Brian Wurzell on stage covered in Crisco. ;)

    4. What’s the max you would pay for a 3-4 day conference?

    Hugs and Kisses?

    5. How many people from your staff or team would you bring with you if it had the components you were looking to grow in?

    About 10 people.

    _________________

    Love you Brian. You rule.

    Davey

  5. 1. a. How to use grace to tell a means-well-but-doesn’t-promote-peace-in-the-group-and/or-sing-well person they can’t be in your praise and worship group. b. Introducing new songs to an old congregation. c. Introducing old songs to a new congregation. d. For sound people: How to make ‘em feel the music without making ‘em deaf. (i.e., feel the bass, etc.) e. How to read the congregation…and SHOULD you read the congregation or just worship our God despite the scowls from the seats/pews? f. How to pick songs that are theologically correct for your church. (Arminianism vs. Calvinism) g. What NOT to do. h. How important (or not) it is to have all members be believers…and when to cut ties if they defect. i. Importance (or not) of ambiance (lighting, background, dress, etc.). j. It’s about God, not me or our group.

    2. Well…I pretty much covered all that in 1.

    3. 5 or more of the most highly ‘successful’ worship teams showing their stuff and perhaps leading some seminars.

    4. $300 without accommodations.

    5. Conservatively, I’d say 7 people would be on board.

  6. I think this would be a brilliant thing. My only “issue” with some worship conferences is that the conference and ministry time become so focused on the “experience” that we seem to forget that we need peacticle tools and teaching on how to bring back this experience and passion to our OWN churches. Whether it be classes or sessions…I would love to have the teachings more focused on how to impliment this conference “feel” into our own weekly worship experiences. Just some thoughts hopefully that makes sense?? We appreciate your heart for worship as it is evident in your music.

  7. 1. ‘how to cultivate a fertile writing environment’

    2. spiritual disciplines of worship leader… how to lead a spirit of worship that isn’t just music

    3. trusted names as speakers

    4. $3-400

    5. i fly solo for now!

    seriously, #2 is my heart. why do we have the sermon after the “worship”? isn’t it after the music? if we are truly worship leaders, we should find innovative was to encourage our congregations to be worshipers, not singers (as is the incidental nom or our church culture today) making it about all the arts is saweet!!, but incomplete (i think). and i do NOT have this figured out! I would love an ongoing conversation on the matter.

  8. 1. How to develop worship leaders. Worship for small groups/house churches. Pastoring/Shepherding a flock of artists and creative types. Finding the balance between creative pursuit and crowd accessibility. (those are topics that would specifically help me)
    2. The above topics are also things I’ve never seen taught at another conference.
    3. The focus being more on theological and practical worship for the church, and not so much all the sweet stuff that wealthy churches can do. A lineup of teachers and leaders from various churches (of various sizes, influences, and methods) – not just one church saying “check out how we do stuff”. Ya know?
    4. I have paid up to $350 for a conference registration, but I know that this year that would not be possible. The hard times of the economy are hurting everybody, especially the church. It doesn’t help being in Dayton, OH which was listed in Forbes as one of the “fastest dying economies in the country”. So, the cheaper the better. :)
    5. I’d definitely get my leadership team there – 6 worship leaders, 1 tech director, and gathering assistant. So, about 9 of us.

    Our team has been talking through some of the very same ideas as far as a worship arts conference in the future. Glad you guys are talking about it too Brian! I appreciated your blog over the last year.

  9. meredithrounsley

    1. All of the above suggestions have pretty much hit the nail on the head. I would add something like a beginner’s look at AV. I know this is a big deal for me because I know how to lead worship, but am a sound retard.

    2. I definitely think the balance between being the friendly faced worship leader and a serious spiritual leader is rarely addressed, which is weird cause I have found this to be a big issue for most leaders.

    3. Speakers who have a lot of experience in worship leading and a strong Biblical background. I got to hear Vicky Beeching speak once, which was the bomb.

    4. between 3-400 dollars. if its a ways away i’d have to hop a plane. MD, baby.

    5. I might be able to persuade a few to come, but i’m kind of the baby of the worship team. There would be begging.

    As an aside, I think this is a rockin’ good idea. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  10. Brian, if you should need a guitar teacher for such a conference, I’d like to offer my services. I’m an adjunct professor of worship guitar at Cedarville University with 6 years of worship leading experience as well.

    God bless!

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