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Mutuality in Worship: Sharing Our Stories and Gifts
This workshop focused on practical ways to involve people's stories, songs, and gifts in our corporate worship times—all with the goal of unity in diversity.
Audio | April 13, 2018
Beyond “Contemporary” and “Traditional”: Clues to Finding a Third Way
The gulf between “contemporary” and “traditional” worship is sometimes bridged through the pursuit of what some might call the “awkwardly blended” service.
Audio | April 12, 2018
After the Benediction: Putting Faith to Work the Other Six Days
This presentation focused on the multiple avenues through which the supports and relationships available within congregation can meet real needs in the lives of people with disabilities and their families throughout the week.
Audio | April 11, 2018
The Future of Latino Protestants in America
Latino Protestantism is growing in the United States due to a combination of immigration, birth rates, and conversion. This expanding stream of American Christianity will foster shifts in the liturgy and worship of churches in unexpected ways.
Audio | April 10, 2018
Singing Spirituals, Singing Gospel
In this workshop, we sang spirituals, traditional and contemporary songs, praise and worship songs, inspirational songs, and children's music.
Audio | April 06, 2018
“We Have Seen the Lord!”: Preaching the Johannine Narratives of Jesus’s Resurrection Appearances
In this workshop we looked at John’s distinctive resurrection narratives, which emphasize both the restoration of Jesus’s relationship with his disciples broken by his death and the continuity of Jesus’s relationship with and care for all his disciples across time and place amidst the obvious differences brought about by his resurrection and return to the Father.
Audio | March 16, 2018
The Technicolor Jesus: Preaching the Drama of Mark’s Gospel
Most preachers know all about Mark’s fast-paced, dramatic writing style.
Audio | March 15, 2018
Growing in Intimacy with God
This workshop first explored how worship leaders, musicians, and pastors can personally grow in Christ, and then it suggested ways that public worship can encourage similar maturity for all people.
Audio | March 14, 2018
Six Qualifications of a 21st Century Worship Leader
This workshop, led by Ed Willmington, discussed six qualities of an equipped twenty-first century worship leader and provided thoughts for implementing each practice.
Audio | March 14, 2018
Beyond Stigma to Hospitality: Creating a Gracious Space for People with Mental Illness
Worship and fellowship are sometimes difficult for people with mental illness because few people understand their experience and their needs in worship.
Audio | March 13, 2018
In this workshop led by Jan Kraybill, we looked at and sang some great hymns and songs, and we discussed how best to help our worshiping communities sing poetry with appreciation, enthusiasm, and artistry.
Audio | March 02, 2018
The Contemplative Worship Leader
New and ancient patterns in Christ’s Spirit are available to worship leaders, this workshop explores how to find life and vitality in our diverse contexts and through our varied personalities.
Audio | March 01, 2018
Teaching and Learning in Christian Congregations and Ministries
This session featured insights from a variety of people who love to teach in ways that help people in ordinary congregations learn about worship, the arts, inclusion, and, ultimately, Jesus himself.
Audio | February 28, 2018
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in Christian Worship and Life
All over the world, Christian churches are struggling to obey the Bible’s clear commands to welcome the stranger, to displace the fear that leads to exclusion, and to both extend and receive mutual hospitality as gifts of God’s Spirit.
Audio | February 16, 2018
Jubilation, Awe, Penitence, and Petition in Corporate Worship in Kenya
In this session Prof. Kidula shared contemporary congregational music in Kenya by using examples birthed out of diverse situations and locations on the continent and in the country.
Audio | February 14, 2018
Mental Health and the Practice of Christian Public Worship: An Exploratory Conversation
Sessions related to mental health are not a common feature of many conferences on worship. Yet mental-health-related concerns affect as many as one in five people at any given time, with one of every twenty-five people living with serious mental health challenges. More than four in ten people in the United States experiences a psychological disorder in their lifetime. What we say or fail to say about these challenges in worship settings can be profoundly formative for how Christian communities respond to these challenges
Audio | February 13, 2018
Models of Mentorship: Training the Next Generation of Worship Leaders
In this session, a panel of experienced mentors shared the models of mentoring used in their contexts, explored the implicit and explicit goals of each model, and explained how each model trains and equips mentors.
Audio | February 09, 2018
A Random, Crazy List or Really Cogent Lections: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary
In this session, the panelists discussed the structure of the lectionary system and the advantages and challenges of its use.
Audio | February 08, 2018
Classics, Ancient and Modern: A Historian's Recommendations for Thoughtful Christian Living
In the fourth century, Christian intellectuals, many of whom were educated in secular contexts, debated fiercely about the role of classical literature and culture in the life of the Church.
Audio | July 06, 2017