Saturday, 9th September, 2017
Salt Church, 2 University Drive, Robina, QLD, 4226

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 this great 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.
The day will be led by Philip Percival and Alanna Glover from Emu Music.


9:30am Arrive
9:45am Main Session 1
11.00am Break
Church Music Masterclass
12.30pm Lunch (BYO)
1.30pm Optional Workshop 1
Song leading; Band Workshop; Leading a music team
2.30pm Optional Workshop 2
Creativity in Congregational Music; Song Choice; The Ministry of Sound
3.30pm Final Session
4.00pm Finish

And please join us for a Night In With Emu - a concert for your whole church family on Friday night.

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, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go! 

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.

Song Selection
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 workshop 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. 

Band Workshop
Good ensemble playing requires understanding your place in the group and knowing what and how to play, and at the right time. This session aims to be hands on, with a variety of instruments used in order to explore layering and arranging, in order to better support your congregations in the singing of the gospel.

Creativity in congregational music
Good ensemble playing requires understanding your place in the group and knowing what and how to play at the right time. But is there more we can do to craft our songs and services to creatively engage hearts and minds with the gospel? We'll look at the musical techniques for re-inventing songs, old and new; as well as thinking about our singing in relation to the Word, our space and visual media.

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.


Cancellations made up to and including three weeks prior the date of the conference will incur a $10 administrative charge. Sorry, no refunds will be given after that date.