By Scott Shepherd
Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Worship and Music Specialist
Worship conferences across the United States have been canceled due to COVID-19. But the need for training, encouragement and fellowship, has never been greater.
In response, Baptist state worship consultants from around the United States are partnering to host a Virtual Worship Conference on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Over the past three months, worship ministries have been forced to change drastically.
These shifts created difficult dilemmas: How do we effectively lead a congregation in online worship? How do we increase the quality of our streaming? How do we disciple and encourage our choirs and worship teams when we can’t even gather? Are there any permanent changes we should make to our worship ministries as a result of COVID-19?
To help leaders think through these questions, many of the conference’s breakouts will address worship ministry in light of COVID-19. Topics include, “Worship Ministry Beyond the Pandemic,” “Rethinking the Worship Service,” “Improving Your Worship Service Streaming,” “Digital Curriculums for Children’s Choirs,” “Increasing Proficiency with ProPresenter” and “Rethinking Ministry in a New Normal.”
The conference will also feature timely breakouts encouraging racial diversity and reconciliation in worship ministry: “Worship and the Racial Divide: Panel Discussion,” “Multi-Ethnic Worship,” “Hispanic Worship” and “Chinese Worship.”
Clinicians include renowned worship musicians Matt Redman, Keith Getty, Heather Sorenson, Mike Harland, Shelly Johnson, Matt Boswell, Veritas and more than 50 other clinicians. Breakout sessions will be offered for worship leaders, worship bands, choir directors, student choir leaders, pianists/keyboardists, worship tech teams, and more.
The Virtual Worship Conference is extremely affordable. Before July 19, the cost is only $15 per person, and groups of five or more can attend for only $10 each. More information is available at www.resourcingworship.com.