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Date(s) - Saturday 8/11/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Judson 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: TBD

Breakout Sessions:

  • Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music –  Kevin Twit (Indelible Grace/Belmont University)
  • Worship Bands/Worship Teams (Band members, vocalists, and Leaders) – Cliff Duren (Station Hill Baptist Church)
  • 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 – Darlene Abbott
    9:40-10:40 – “Teaching the Young Child to Sing” – Come and join as we learn “how” to teach the preschool voice to sing. These techniques are simple and time-tested. These techniques can be used no matter the curriculum or song you would like to teach.
    11:00-12:00 – “Movin’ and Groovin’” – Explore many ways to move with preschoolers. Come to get a hands on experience with all the resources you need to make preschool music fun.
  • Elementary Children’s Music – Martha Kirkland
    9:40-10:40 – “Choir Leaders: Skill-Building” –Focus will be on how to improve leadership skills used in weekly rehearsals. Specific tasks will be addressed for the Director/Teaching Assistants. You are welcome to share a need on your registration form.
    11:00-12:00 – “Church Music and Children in the 21st Century’” –This hour will include discussion/strategies on how we best connect these two things: (1) what we think children need most for now and later, with (2) the reality of distracted children.
  • 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 – Jesse Benfield (First Baptist Church, Hendersonville)
    9:40-10:40 – “Media Team Essentials for Worship Pastors” –During this session, we will explore the basics of planning and implementing a church event, with the goal of enhancing greater communication between pastors and media team members. Comprehension of general audio, video, and lighting production is necessary for the success of this goal, and this session will provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to communicate their needs to media staff.
    11:00-12:00 – “Translation: Music Talk to Tech Talk” –Communication is key to a successful team. During this session, we will learn the basic language of audio, video, and lighting.
  • Handbells (Ringers and Directors) – Dan Arterburn (Handbell Coordinator, TN Baptist Mission Board)
    9:40-10:40 – “Handbell Basics” – Review and examine basic handbell techniques for ringers and directors.
    11:00-12:00 – “Now What Do I Do?” – As directors and ringers, we many times have something occur in a rehearsal or have a question that we may not have an answer for. We will review any situations including how to encourage new ringers, find handbell prospects and how to deal with not having enough ringers for a full handbell choir. Handbell Maintenance questions.
  • 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
    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.

During this event, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (or its agents or designees) will be photographing. You may be photographed. By your attendance, you are granting your permission to be photographed for commercial purposes and agree to the following: (1) being photographed by any means; (2) commercial or any other use of your likeness without compensation; (3) specifically waiving all rights of privacy during the photographing; (4) releasing the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, its agents, designees, officers and employees from any liability for loss, damage, or compensation for the commercial or other use of your likeness; and (5) compliance with all rules and regulations of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board for this event.