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Date(s) - Saturday 8/4/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Bank Baptist Church



Regional conference providing training and encouragement to church worship and music ministry participants.

Conference Fee: $25/person


8:30 – Registration
9:00 – Conference Worship
9:35 – Breakout Session #1
10:35 – Coffee Break/Fellowship
11:00 – Breakout Session #2

Conference Worship Leader: Cliff Duren (Station Hill Baptist Church)

Conference Worship Speaker: Dr. L. Lavon Gray

Breakout Sessions:

  • Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music – Dr. L. Lavon Gray
    9:40-10:40 – “Working the Dream: Developing, Selling & Implementing the Vision” –Vision is seeing what is yet to be… and then making it happen. In this session, Lavon gives a step-by-step process to help you cast vision—from development through implementation—and then making it stick! In addition, the session will cover import- ant qualities of visionary leaders that will
    help turn your dream into reality.
    11:00-12:00 – “Leadership Choose to Defuse Conflict Resolution in the Heat of the Battle” – For over thirty years Lavon Gray has seen his share of conflict, not only in church settings, but also officiating baseball and football from the youth to collegiate levels. In “Choose to Defuse,” Gray identifies principles learned as a NCAA football and baseball official and transfers them to the church life, focusing on how to restore peace and defuse conflict in the heat of the battle.
    Some of the topic covered include:
    Understanding the Why of Conflict: Triggers and the Prefrontal Cortex Identifying the Stages of Conflict
    Developing Intentional Listening Skills
    How to Explain without Being Defensive
    How Non-Verbal Communication Can Escalate Conflict Identifying a Win-Win Path Forward
    Best-Practices for Successful Conflict ResolutionContrary to popular belief, conflict doesn’t have to be negative. In fact, when properly managed healthy conflict can lead to new ideas, new opportunities and a healthier work environment.
  • Worship Bands/Worship Teams (Band members, Vocalists, and Leaders) – Cliff Duren, Station Hill Baptist Church
    9:40-10:40 “Worship Planning/Leading Well” –In this breakout Cliff will walk through some practical and intentional steps that will allow you to stay prepared as worship leaders, band members, and worship team members, so all are prepared to lead well each week.
    11:00-12:00 – In this breakout Cliff will lead a rhythm section clinic where he discusses the different roles of the band members and vocalists.
  • Worship Leading Choirs (Choir Members and Directors) – Dr. Scott Shepherd (Worship and Music Specialist, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board)
    9:40-10:40 – “Biblical Basics for All Choirs” – In this informative and participatory breakout session for choir directors and choir members, we’ll sing (and explore) diverse forms of choral worship music as we study biblical examples and principles to undergird our singing. What does the Bible really say about choirs and vocal worship music, and what are some practical ways we can put these examples and teachings into practice?
    11:00-12:00 – “Ten Ways to Improve Every Choir” – Whether you sing in (or lead) a modern, worship choir or a more traditional choral ensemble, you have room for improvement. In this session for choir directors and choir members, we’ll explore (and experiment with) practical ideas to increase the effectiveness of your choir. We’ll study rehearsal strategies, vocal exercises, choral techniques, devotional materials, recruiting strategies, and much more!
  • Preschool Children’s Music – Terry Taylor (Growing in Grace)
    9:40-10:40 – “Fruit of the Spirit for Preschool” – Come and experience preschool songs and activities centered around Galatians 5:23-23, as presented in the Growing in Grace Fruit of the Spirit curriculum.
    11:00-12:00 – “Listen, Sing, Move, and Play the Preschool Way” – Enter into Preschool World with songs and activities that encourage preschoolers to sing, listen, move, and play while teaching important musical and spiritual concepts.
  • Elementary Children’s Music – Paula Farrar (Growing in Grace)
    9:40-10:40 – “Fruit of the Spirit for Elementary” – Explore creative new songs, activities, and games centered on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
    Grades 1-6.
    11:00-12:00 – “Let All the Children Sing!” – Every child can and should sing together! Discover fresh ways to teach songs of faith for the entire church year. Grades 1-6.
  • Student Choirs – Phil Lundy (Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory)
    9:40-10:40 – “Youth Choir Matters!” – This session will cover why youth choir ministry is alive and well—and important today. We will look at the why of singing and cover a host of practical tips and strategies to help make your youth choir successful!
    11:00-12:00 – “How’s That Working for You?” – This session will feature an open forum discussion with opportunities to share, borrow and steal ideas that are working in various church settings. The session will also include time to discuss music selection.
  • Audio-Visual Tech – Austin Gray (Internally Sound, Milan)
    9:40-10:40 – “Sound, Projection, and Lighting (Part 1)” –In this hands-on breakout session, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to audio, projection, and lighting for church worship services. We will have some pre-determined topics to, but we will also be flexible so we can address specifics concerns and questions presented by class members.
    11:00-12:00 – “Sound, Projection, and Lighting (Part 2)” – In this hands-on breakout session, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to audio, projection, and lighting for church worship services. We will have some pre-determined topics to, but we will also be flexible so we can address specifics concerns and questions presented by class members.
  • Handbells (Ringers and Directors) –  Lyndel Littleton (Hilldale Baptist Church, Clarksville)
    9:40-10:40 “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Handbells but Were Afraid to Ask” – Find answers to all of your handbells questions from literature to technique for beginners to veteran ringers. Includes “hands-on” ringing/learning, creative uses for bells in worship and more. Will an hour be enough time? Hang on to your gloves and we’ll fill your head and your heart with handbells!
    11:00-12:00 “Advanced Techniques for More Interesting Ringing” – There is a whole lot more to handbells than hitting the right note at the right time. Polish up what you know and learn some new techniques to use with handbells to add to their beautiful sound. (Your audience will appreciate some variety in your playing – and various techniques add to the fun!)
  • Orchestra (Instrumentalists and Directors) – Michael Mann (Union University/Nashville Praise Symphony)
    9:40-10:40 – “Leading and Playing in Today’s Church Orchestra” –We will share the spiritual and practical means by which to serve our church musicians through our own journey with Christ and to collaborate on the specific needs of musicians in today’s church.
    11:00-12:00 – “Large or Small: Creative Means for a Successful Instrumental Church Program”
  • Keyboard (Pianists/Organists) – Judy Crumley (Georgia Baptist Mission Board)
    9:40-10:40 – “Developing Confidence in Playing Lead Sheets” – In this class, we will take a hands-on look at understanding chords and accompaniment patterns as we examine different approaches to and treatments of lead sheets.
    11:00-12:00 – “Building Confidence in Musicianship” – We will take a hard look at what it takes to be a well-prepared and dependable keyboard minister both musically and spiritually.

Contact Scott Shepherd (sshepherd@tnbaptist.org) for further information.

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