Tech Gear Conversation

Have questions about your sound system, media, or gear? Want to know what’s available to serve your church better? This is the breakout for you. Rick Mead, technical Director for Highview Church, will be answering your questions about all things technical.

Enduring Faith for the Long Haul

Faithfulness, conviction, and resolve aren’t exactly popular words today. How do we stand strong against the growing chorus of voices urging us to give up on God’s Word and live however we please? The original recipients of the book of Hebrews needed that question answered, and in this breakout, you’ll hear Jared Mellinger explain how […]

Songwriting Panel

In this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to a panel of seasoned songwriters from Sovereign Grace Music, CityAlight, and Corner Room Music talk about the challenges and joys of writing songs for the church. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Reading the Psalms through a Christ-Centered Lens

It can be tempting to think of the Psalms merely as a place to go for words of comfort in a trying season, words of praise in a fruitful season, or words of lament in a time of grief. But the psalms point in diverse ways to the divine and human King who would pray […]

20 Ways to Improve Your Congregational Singing

Matt Merker’s passion for churches singing with faith and understanding led him to write the excellent book, Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God’s People. In this breakout, he’ll share twenty ways to stregnthen the singing of your church, including some you probably haven’t thought of!

Playing Big Songs with a Small Band

How often have you set out to teach a song to your church, only to realize that the recording used a full band and you only have a guitar or a piano? In this practical breakout, you’ll learn principles for making the most of your instrumentation and how to adapt any song for your musicians.

Arranging to Serve a Congregation

In this breakout, Ben Shive will draw from decades of experience in recording and the church to talk about what should matter most to instrumentalists that are seeking to serve their congregations well.

Three Marks of a Spirit-Empowered People

In Philippians 3:3, the apostle Paul says that we are those who “worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” In this brekaout, Jared Mellinger will discuss how to pray for and expect God’s Spirit to be actively working in our gatherings, without becoming dominated […]

Women in Music Ministry

In this breakout, you’ll hear a number of women who have served on and around music teams talk about ways God has helped them serve with faithfulness, joy, creativity, and zeal through seasons of singleness, marriage, motherhood, and grandparenthood.

Knowing Sin: Why Facing What We Want to Avoid Brings Hope

No one enjoys talking about their sinful motivations, words, or actions. But our silence and secrecy often only intensify our struggles. In this illuminating breakout, Mark Jones will help you realize that the first step towards overcoming sin is knowing what we’re up against, and that Jesus stands ready to deliver all those who put […]

Minding the Gaps: Making the Most of Transitions

Too often our Sunday gatherings feel like a playlist on shuffle. Elements are unconnected, changes are abrupt, and people are left confused. To address the situation, we often resort to a “musical glue” that makes things feel more connected but does little to help people understand any kind of progression. In this practical breakout, Bob […]

Writing Songs for Congregations

Drawing upon decades of experience in Christian music and his involvement with his local church, songwriter and producer Ben Shive will help you see more clearly what elements go in to writing songs that truly serve the church and bring glory to Christ.

Technology and Your Sunday Gathering

From the printing press to the iPhone, from organs to IMAG, churches in every generation have had to wisely assess what role the latest technology might play in serving their congregations. How do we avoid the two extremes of “anything goes” and “the old is good enough?” What questions should guide us in determining what […]

Against the Flow: Nurturing the Inner Life in a Fast Paced World

God has made His Word available to us, but we’re responsible to create opportunities to benefit from its nourishing effect. This goes against the grain of our culture, which is constantly bombarding us with distractions, urgent notifications, and busy-ness. How do we learn to unplug and enjoy extended time with the Lord? In this breakout, […]

The Role of the Vocalist

In what ways can you as a vocalist best contribute to your congregation on Sunday mornings? How should we think about monitors, rehearsals, harmonies, and serving those around us? Lacy Condy and McKenzie Fuller will address these topics and more in a breakout designed to make you a more effective and joyful vocalist.

Marriage and Ministry: What Really Matters

How do you sustain a vibrant, Christ-honoring relationship with your spouse through all the challenges, commitments, disappointments, and sacrifices of ministry? Whether you’re newlyweds or have been married for decades, this transparent conversation between a couple married and in ministry for 45 years will help you focus on the things that matter most. As Bob […]

Acoustic Guitar 1: Essentials

In this seminar, we’ll look at your role as an acoustic player serving the church, and offer strategies and tools for how to develop your playing in that context i.e. thinking in parts, developing strumming, fingerpicking and capo tricks.

Arranging Songs for Bass & Drums (Part 2)

The foundation of your band is the rhythm section, composed of the drummer and bassist. Musical chemistry between these members is worth attention and development. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to apply practical tools for each instrument and explore how they can serve the song by filling in spaces and working with the rest […]

Arranging Songs for Bass & Drums (Part 1)

The foundation of your band is the rhythm section, composed of the drummer and bassist. Musical chemistry between these members is worth attention and development. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to apply practical tools for each instrument and explore how they can serve the song by filling in spaces and working with the rest […]

Electric Bass: Respond & Enhance

In this seminar, Ryan will demonstrate the capability of the bass including melodic fills, chords, and various articulations. You’ll learn how to listen and respond to other instruments and enhance the tone and message of the song. This breakout will serve both novice and advanced players alike as Ryan teaches how to lock in with […]

The Undistracted Drummer

In this seminar, you will learn technique and proficiency on the drum kit and auxiliary percussion to serve your local context more effectively. Through the study of rudiments, independent exercises, and reading/writing music, you’ll learn how to lead a band, use dynamics, and build habits to strengthen your talents and team.