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Date(s) - Saturday 8/18/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meridian 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: Kirk Kirkland (Judson Baptist Church)

Conference Worship Speaker: TBD

Breakout Sessions:

  • Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music – Josh Sutton (Getty Music)
    9:40-10:40 – “What is Worship? Capturing the Mind’s Attention and the Heart’s Affection” – Singing is an act of obedience but it is also a tangible expression of loving the Lord with our whole hearts and our whole selves. When we worship in a congregational setting, we are not merely singing to God but we are truly singing to one another as well.
    11:00-12:00 – “Planning & Leading Corporate Worship – Investing Songs to Carry for Life”
  • Worship Bands/Worship Teams (Band members, Vocalists, and Leaders) – Kirk Kirkland (Judson Baptist Church)
    9:40-10:40 – “What’s in a Name?” – Words matter. Names matter. “Contemporary. Traditional. Blended. Etc.” What names we attach to our worship styles and environments really make a difference in how we communicate what’s important, and what isn’t, to our people. In this class we will discuss the pros and cons of leading worship with a small group, what to emphasize as we lead, and how to speak the language of current culture without losing our distinctiveness as the Body of Christ.
    11:00-12:00 – “Replacing Myself” – We are organized. We strive to be excellent. We are sincere. But if we are not raising up the next generation of leaders from within our ministries, we are only doing half of our job. How do we cultivate a worship culture in our churches that attracts young musicians and future leaders, and equips them to fulfill that calling? In this class, we will explore strategies to enlist, equip, and engage future worship leadership in our churches.
  • 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 – Carol Dickerson (Growing in Grace)
    9:40-10:40 – “Fruit of the Spirit for Preschool” – Come and experience preschool songs and activities centered around Galatians 5: 22-23—The Fruit of the Spirit.
    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 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 – Phil Jenkins (Internally Sound, Milan)
  • 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) – Mitzi Mathenia (Union University, Northside United Methodist Church, Jackson)
    9:40-10:40 – “Collaborating for Worship” – Leading worship from a keyboard is not a solo project! No matter the size of your church, we are called to collaborate with others as we help lead our church families.
    In this session, we’ll look at:
    • Planning worship as a team
    • Putting your finger on the pulse of your congregation
    • Adapting and blending various styles of music
    • Finding your place – leading/following/serving from the keyboard
    • Loving the variety!
    11:00-12:00 – “Equipping for Worship” – We are called to “equip the saints”, and we enrich our church family’s worship experience when we do!
    In this session, we’ll look at:
    • Your church’s musical personality – taking inventory
    • Equipping your congregation to participate in worship
    • Involving all ages (budding and rusty musicians!)
    • Thinking outside the box to arrange and create and combine
    • Filling your toolbox!

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.