HEAVEN & EARTH
Highlights, main sessions, and workshops from our 2019 conference!
MAIN SESSION 1 / TIM HUGHES
A LIFE OF ADVENTURE
MAIN SESSION 2 / DARRELL JOHNSON
SOMETHING CHANGED IN HEAVEN - AND IT CHANGES EVERYTHING ON EARTH
MAIN SESSION 3 / alex seeley
THE WHY BEHIND THE WHAT
MAIN SESSION 4 / AL GORDON
HEAVEN ON EARTH
WORKSHOP BLOCK 1
Tim Hughes / Broken Hallelujah / What does it look like as leaders to bring all of who we are before God, allowing him to use all of who we are to bless others? This session will examine the importance of leading self and the journey of allowing God to use our broken and fragile humanity to demonstrate his power and beauty in the world around us.
Darrell Johnson / Bringing Heaven Down: Praying the Lord's Prayer / In His 'Lord's Prayer,' Jesus gives us what many call 'the dignity of causality.' That is, through the words of His prayer, He brings us in on His and the Father's orchestrating of history, both ours and the world's. We get to participate with God in His passion that the life of heaven be experienced in the life of earth.
Jason Ballard / What is the Purpose of the Songs We Sing in Church? The Multi-faceted Nature of Church Music / In the modern worship era there is a lot of conversation about what types of songs we should sing in the church. These are questions about content, tone and intent. The reality is that we use music to express a lot of different things. In many churches congregants sing songs as a way to praise God. But musical worship can also express prayers, laments, and mutual encouragement and edification. These songs can create environment for ministry and encounter with God and they can anchor us in God’s overarching story, as we rehearse in our hearts who God is and what God has done. This session will explore 9 different things we do through corporate singing. Our hope is that we can think about our liturgies more holistically and embrace all that song singing can be in the church today.
Timothy Choy / Ministry in the Digital Age / What does it mean to be created in God’s image as creative beings? What does it look like to use our gifts for Kingdom work in the practical context of digital content? This session is geared towards those participating church in media (photo, video, graphic design, etc.), and will cover helpful considerations when applying these skills to crafting digital media in a church setting, as well as exploring concepts such as creating for the sake of creating, understand uniqueness/originality, and valuing creativity and art in our culture.
WORKSHOP BLOCK 2
Taya Gaukrodger / It Is Time / Taya speaks on her journey - from the beginnings of involvement with Hillsong to how songs like Oceans came to be written to how she came to be married.
Henry Seeley / Worship Leadership & Songwriting / Henry unpacks his experience on what it takes to be a worship leader in the contemporary church, also emphasizing the importance of creativity in songwriting as a pathway for the release of worship.
Steffany Gretzinger / Prioritizing His Presence / Steffany shares on what it means to prioritize the presence of God within the context of corporate worship.
Steve Kim / Cultivating Extravagant Worship in the Local Church / It is vital to develop an awareness of God's presence when we worship. How can worship leaders encourage a culture of participation? How do theological explanations for extravagant worship increase participation? How do we communicate to the Holy Spirit that He is welcome during worship? What is the difference between a seeker-aware and seeker-sensitive worship service?
WORKSHOP BLOCK 3
Al Gordon / The Art Of Innovation / God is calling us to think different, push the boundaries and innovate. Al will unpacks the art of innovation, exploring simple principles and practices that can help us build cathedrals of creativity. Drawing on real-life examples and conversations, this session will challenge and stretch your faith and vision for what God might want to do in your life.
Shaila Visser / Let Go, Hang On / In this session Shaila shares insight on key attributes of a successful leader. What does it mean to let go of the "self", and hang onto God? How do leaders navigate change, suffering and even failure?
Alex Seeley / Stewarding the Presence / How to live a life style of worship versus simply performing worship.
Hendrik Bisschoff / Leading Your Team With Confidence / This session will explore practical and effective ways to lead the music team with confidence, how to be a more affective team member, and tips on running rehearsals. When leadership is based on love, confidence, prayer, trust and skill, the only way to grow as a team is from Glory to Glory.
Jon Velasquez & Josh Caspian / Louder Worship… Without All the Emails / Everyone wants great sounding, powerful and immersive worship, but what do we do when there are hard volume limits? Studio producers and FOH engineers Jon Velasquez & Joshua Caspian host a Q&A and do a deep dive into loudness, EQ and compression techniques, mixing with backing tracks and other practical tips to get massive sounding worship, while avoiding "hate mail Mondays".