If you happen to live in the metro D.C. area, I want to personally (somewhat) invite you to come to any of the sessions of the WorshipGod06 conference, which begins tomorrow. Morning sessions start at 9 AM (Saturday starts at 11 AM) and evening sessions begin at 7 PM. Main session passes will be available at the door for $15 (these passes are
for the main sessions only…they do not include seminars or lunch). Day passes are also available for Thursday and Friday for $60 each. These
passes include main sessions, seminars, and lunch.
Here’s an idea of what will be taking place:
Jeff Purswell will be speaking on A People of His Presence. Jeff is one my favorite speakers, and one of my best friends. Neither of those are reasons I asked him to speak. He loves God’s Word and is extremely effective at communicating a biblical overview of different topics. The first night of the conference he’ll be describing how from Eden to Heaven, God’s desire is to dwell among a people He has redeemed for Himself.
Mark Mullery, another one of my favorite speakers, will be helping us see how Christ is our only means of access to God’s presence. Pat Sczebel, one of the leaders on WorshipGod Live, will be leading us in songs of praise that morning.
Craig Cabaniss, yet another one of my favorite speakers (one advantage to leading the conference is inviting my favorite speakers), will be speaking on Celebrating God’s Presence. He will make us aware of how God makes his presence known in the preaching of God’s Word and participation in the Lord’s Supper. Keith and Kristyn Getty will share some songs that night, and my son Devon will be leading the music along with 1Band, the band of the singles ministry at Covenant Life.
I’ll have the privilege of sharing on Pursuing God’s Active Presence. I’ll be speaking from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 on how God wants us to respond to the Spirit’s working, gifts, and activities when we gather. Joe Stigora, a pastor in the Sovereign Grace church in Philadelphia, will be leading the music with the musicians from his home church. He’s consistently shown thoughtfulness and creativity in his leading over the years.
An evening devoted to singing, praying, and hearing God’s Word, seeking to put into practice what I spoke on in the morning session. Afterwards, from 9:30-10:30, Keith and Kristyn will be in concert, singing songs they’ve written that take us through events in the life of Christ.
Randy Alcorn, who has studied and written on heaven for years, will share on Anticipating God’s Presence. He’ll be focusing on the way thinking about heaven should affect our lives now.
That’s a sample of what will be taking place, with a few surprises to come along the way. If you can’t make it, Tim Challies will be live-blogging the conference. I think that’s a good idea, although he did say on his post today that he used to think that "conferences are a colossal waste of time." I’m glad he’s changed his mind…Actually, Tim wrote a very moving prayer for the conference which you can read here.
If I have time to blog over the next few days, I’ll certainly do it. But that’s a big "if." Besides, I’m sure Tim will say everything much better than I could…
I really wish I could be there! I hope the main sessions and seminars will be available for download.
I heard someone refer to this conference as “biannual”. Does that mean no conference next year? I’m starting this fall to play with a new “praise band” at our church, and was hoping to attend next year after having a year under my belt. Will I have to wait two years? Any chance of making it an annual conference?
Yes, we decided to do the conference every two years due to resources available to pull off conferences like this. It also gives us time to think about what we’d like to say at the next conference. In the mean time, we have plenty of messages from past conferences that you might find helpful!
Thanks for your enthusiasm.
And yes, everything we record at the conference will be available for download after the conference.
I spoke to Ben Chouinard today and he told me about this conference. I told him that in the 5 weeks since leaving G’burg Jewell and I have visited four churches. All of them I have found to be plainly deficient in cross-centered, Gospel-focused worship. I can’t tell you how much I long for your leading our worship. I have been ruined forever by the sweet aroma of glorious worship that has been cultivated at CLC and Sovereign Grace. You are a blessing to our church family. I miss you, brother.
Thanks so much for the invite! I made the short trek on the last day of the conference from Northern VA and praise God, Randy Alcorn’s sermon was just what I needed to hear (and I didn’t even know it!). I’m so grateful that God knows me better than I know myself!
I’m looking forward to 2008! I hope I can attend the full conference next time. Thanks to all involved for dedicating their time and resources to make this conference possible.
Well, last week there were 6 of us there from our worship ministry including our worship pastor and his wife – God met us meaningfully through the humble leadership, Christ-centered worship and excellent teaching. There is no substitute for TRUTH and being with people committed to loving and proclaiming TRUTH. and above that, there is no substitute for the presence of our Lord, experienced by each of us throughout the week. We so longed for our senior pastor to be with us, and hope that in 2008 we can return with a larger group, including our pastor. As a vocalist and keyboardist in my church worship band, I benefitted so much from the individual sessions I attended, and actually felt a new freedom to give over my gifts to ministry in a deeper way. I am still marveling at all that I learned and realized — I know that in the coming weeks we will all continue to grow in new ways. Thank you for modeling grace-filled, devoted worship leadership!