Saturday 28th March, 2020
Gateshead, England

What does the Bible say about our singing and worship? How do we play our instruments in a way that helps (and not hinders) the congregation's praise? What are the key skills needed to run a biblical music ministry? How do I create a healthy culture amongst my music team?

Come and join us for a day of great Bible teaching as well as practical seminars, singing, fellowship and Q&A. Come to be equipped, challenged, resourced and excited about God's purposes for your church's music ministry. Presented by Jonno Saunders, Helen Coad, Abi Marthinet-Glover, Jonny Payne, and Sam Glover. 


Friday 27th March, evening
A Night In With Emu Concert

Saturday 28th March

9.30am: Doors and registration open
10.00am: Main Session
11.00am: Break
11.20am: Elective 1
Leading a Music Team (Jonno Saunders)
Drum and Bass (Sam Glover and Jonny Payne)
Song Leading (Helen Coad)
Piano for Church (Abi Marthinet-Glover)
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Elective 2
Leading from Guitar (Sam Glover)
What songs should we sing? (Abi Marthinet-Glover)
Melody Instrument (Jonno Saunders)
Repeat: Song Leading (Helen Coad)
2.45pm: Final Session
3.30pm: Conference Close

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.

Drums & Bass: What does it take to create a solid foundation to 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!

Song Leading: 
In many ways, the song leader is 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, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go! Helpful for singers, worship leaders, pastors.

Piano for Church: For 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.

Leading from Guitar: This session will look at how the guitar can be used most effectively in facilitating congregational singing, as part of a band but also on your own. We will look closely at use of capos, strumming rhythms, and how to play hymns on a guitar.

What Songs Should We Sing?: Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is key to an effective word-based music ministry. However, there is so much to consider when creating services week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep our focus on what is important! In this workshop we’ll think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week. We’ll also consider how style, instrumentation, lyrical content and liturgy affect our song choices. Helpful for pastors, singers, worship leaders, song writers.

Melody Instruments: Single-note instruments can play a vital role in the overall sound and feel of congregational music. But sometimes knowing what and where to play can be confusing. How do you fit with the other instruments in the band? What do you play when you don't have a score in front of you? We'll explore some practical techniques for self-arranging, harmonising and improvisation – no matter what your experience!