- On May 8, 2013
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I am blogging today as I am also doing final prep for my presentations at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania next week. You can follow my comments on my Twitter @worshipdr or you can follow #nwlc2013 to see what everyone is saying as we go along the week. The nice part is that hash tag will also work for all three NWLC conferences.
Last year was my first year to be able to attend an NWLC event and I got to do it as a presenter. I was amazed, but not surprised by the level and amount of supportive and encouraging content available at these events. This year I have been asked to attend all three of the NWLC events and do presentations on areas that are near and dear to my heart.
My first talk will be part of the preconference focus on choirs in worship. Many churches are looking to establish a choir for the first time in their history and we will be looking at the role of choirs in worship, how to start a choir, nurture a choir, and train a choir. The line-up of speakers is impressive and includes Stan Endicott and Ray Jones; two of the leading choir directors in the country on integrating styles and people in singing for God. I will be presenting tips and focus points for starting a choir from my own ministry and teaching experiences.
My second talk is on developing and maintaining a healthy relationship between pastor and worship leader. I have the honor of working with Scotty Smith, a wonderful pastor and the lead pastor for the NWLC events. We will be looking at the things that make this vital relationship good and the things that make it difficult. Each of us will speak from our own perspectives and then we will talk to those in attendance to see if we can help with specific situations. It should be a rewarding experience for all.
My last talk is an updated version of something that I have done on many occasions called The War is Over. I am equal parts trained choral director and guitar playing gig meister . It has been my job at all of my church positions to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary. In this session I talk about the unique job of the multi-style music director and the wonderful position we are in for bridge building rather than wall building. This year the experiences of those in attendance each session will make a significant part of the content so each session will be different.
There are so many opportunities to learn and have your spirit renewed at NWLC 2013, whether you go to Pennsylvania next week, Kansas City in July or California in October. I really hope I will see you guys there. Be sure to come by one of my sessions, introduce yourself as someone who reads The Worship Doctor, and you will get a coupon for free copy of my upcoming book. Hope to see you soon!
Always keep learning and find people to share in your ministry. We cannot do this alone for very long.
1. Go to a conference.
2. Read a book on worship.
3. Try a new project or idea.
4.Meet a fellow worship leader for coffee and share ideas or stories.
Whatever you do, find a way to keep the juices flowing and new ideas coming.