Saturday, 24th February, 2018
St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, OX1 1QE 

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.

We are excited to have Tim Escott from Christ Church Durham 
as our Bible teacher, who will be speaking from Habakkuk 3, pointing us to the evocative theology and emotions that songs can express, and the way they can function to express hope in the midst of trouble and difficulty.

We'll also be running a range of practical workshops to help you in every aspect of your church's music ministry.

9:45am Main Session
10:45am Break
11:00am Church Music Masterclass
12:15pm Lunch (BYO)
1:15pm Workshop 1 
(Song Leading, Leading From Guitar, 
Piano For Church, Bass & Drums, Melody Instrument)  
2:30pm Workshop 2 
(Song Leading (repeat), Piano For Church (repeat), Songwriting, 
Sound Mixing, Old Testament Songs For New Testament Churches)
3:45pm Final Session
4:00pm Finish


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!

Piano for Church: Piano is often the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But many of us lack the skills to turn years of lessons into playing in a style that is helpful for our churches to sing to. We'll look at basic chord playing, contemporary keyboard techniques, and discuss how to leave the score behind! 

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.

Bass & Drums: 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. This is a demonstration based masterclass where you will have the opportunity to observe different techniques and tips for playing drums or bass in your church band.

Sound Mixing: There is so much more to being a sound guy than plugging in DI boxes. Mixing the levels of a band takes time and a trained ear to get right. Come to this seminar to learn about the theories of sound and get practical tips on how you can develop as a sound engineer.

Songwriting: What makes a good congregational song? We'll explore how to write lyrics that are true, poetic and relevant; and what musical issues are important in writing a corporate song. 

Melody Instrument: What is the role of a melody instrument in a church band, and how can it be used to best help the congregation to sing? This seminar will look at the purpose, function, and joys of being a melody instrument in a church context!

Old Testament Songs For New Testament Churches: This seminar will explore a variety of different songs from the Old Testament, to help song-leaders and service planners think about the diversity of songs in their repertoire.