On Aug. 1, Texas Baptists will join with 16 other Baptist state conventions to host the Resourcing Worship Virtual Conference. The conference will be a virtual training for church leaders involved in worship ministry.
This conference is the fruition of a conversation between worship ministry consultants of many different state conventions at the onset of the pandemic. They were looking for a way to provide resources in a safe environment. This large-scale ministry training event is believed to be one of the first partnerships between so many state conventions and other SBC ministries for the purpose of worship ministry training.
"With practically all worship conferences and events canceled nationally this year due to the pandemic, the Resourcing Worship Virtual Conference brought to you by Baptist state worship leaders is a fantastic opportunity for all leaders of worship in the church with top names in the worship world,” Tom Tillman, director of Music and Worship at Texas Baptists, said. “I'm excited that this can fill so many needs during a time when our worship leaders need some encouragement."
Three main sessions will be hosted by Keith Getty, Matt Redman, Matt Boswell, Shelly Johnson and Mike Harland. The vocal group Veritas will lead in times of worship throughout the daylong event. In addition to the main sessions, over 65 breakout sessions will be led by speakers and artists familiar with worship ministry. A schedule of all the sessions can be found here. The schedule is being updated regularly as more speakers are added.
Matt Freeman, associate director of Worship and Music at the South Carolina Baptist Convention, celebrated the expertise and training that will come from having such skilled leaders present at the conference. He was particularly excited about keynote speaker Matt Redman and the unique insights he could bring to all levels of worship leadership.
“For the last three decades, Matt Redman has impacted the global church through leading worship, writing songs, teaching on worship and writing worship books. We are looking forward to him speaking on discipleship and development, songwriting and the future of worship in the church. We're blessed to have him partnering with us for this conference," Freeman said.
The breakout sessions will cover a variety of biblical, theological, practical and technological aspects of worship and local church ministry. Several sessions have also been designed for senior pastors.
Registration for the online event is $15 per person through July 18 and $20 per person after July 18. Groups of five or more can register for $10 per person through July 18. Group members do not have to be from the same church, but a distinct email address for each individual must be submitted at the time of the group registration.
Following the conclusion of the conference, participants can access and view all of the conference content for an additional 90 days.
"For anyone and everyone interested in, or involved in worship leadership – this is the conference for you,” Randy Lind, ministry partner for Worship and Music at Oklahoma Baptists, said. “Great leaders from every aspect of worship leadership will share insights as they inform and encourage you in ministry today. Don’t miss it!”
For more information about the Resourcing Worship Virtual Conference or to register, go to resourcingworship.com.