Saturday, 24th November, 2018
Charlotte Chapel
58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4RT
What does the Bible tell us about our worship and singing? And how do we best lead our churches in singing the praise of Jesus? Join us for a one-day music ministry conference - a chance to be encouraged and refreshed, to hear from the Bible, and to grow in practical skills for music ministry in your church. 

Led by Philip Percival, Liv Chapman, Jonny Catt and Mike Warriner, we'll be running a range of practical workshops to help you in every aspect of your church's music ministry.

Programme

9:45am Main Session (Singing & Bible Talk)
10:45am Break 
11:00am Church Music Masterclass 
12:15pm Lunch (BYO) 
1:15pm Seminar 1
(Vocal Leading; Piano for church; Drums & bass)
2:30pm Seminar 2
(Leading from guitar; Leading a music team; The ministry of sound; What songs should we sing?)
3:45pm Final Session
4:00pm Finish

Seminars

Song leading: Many consider the song leader to be the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will look at the Biblical basis for having a song leader, but will aim to spend most of our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well - including mic technique, what to say, and how to make sure it all goes smoothly!

The ministry of sound: The single most important tools of the musician and sound operator are their ears. This session is about training your ears, and the practical implications of the church being called to hear God’s word: spoken and sung. We will consider volume, balance, the critical mass of a space, how we play for different sized congregations, how to self-mix, ambient sound, and the complexity of relationships between musicians, sound guys and congregation.

What songs should we sing?: Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is a bit of a lost art. There is so much to consider when picking songs week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep it all in mind! In this session, we will think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church service and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week. 

Leading a music team: Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of the music director, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, how to partner with the pastor, as well thinking about your own personal holiness and development.

Piano for ChurchFor many churches the piano is the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But often we lack the skills to turn years of lessons and exams into playing in a helpful style for church leading. We'll look at contemporary keyboard techniques and discuss how and when to leave the score behind! We'll also discuss the differences between playing on your own and in a band.

Drums & Bass: What does it take to create a solid foundation for a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the 'engine room' of any church band. We will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. Bring your sticks and bass!

Leading from Guitar: This session will continue to look at how the guitar can most effectively be used in a church band - with simple techniques for rhythm and lead playing. But we'll also look at how to lead singing when it is just you and your instrument - whether it be in church, kid's groups, camps or wherever.

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