It’s been over a month ago now that we finished up our first WorshipGod UK conference, Called to Be Faithful.
This has been one of my favorite themes for a WorshipGod conference because it speaks so directly to how we should approach ministering the gospel in song. We aren’t called to be amazing, or popular, or cool, or technologically savvy, or better than the church down the street. We’re called to be faithful. God has revealed the mystery of the gospel to us and he now calls us to faithfully steward the unsearchable riches of Christ.
You can download the main sessions by clicking the titles below.
Session 1 – Faithful To Receive (Craig Cabannis)
Session 2 – Faithful To Proclaim (Jeff Purswell)
Session 3 – Faithful to Engage (Bob Kauflin)
Session 4 – Faithful to Serve (Nathan Smith)
Session 5 – Faithful to Grow (Bob Kauflin)
Session 6 – Faithful to Prepare (Mike Reeves)
Hosting a conference in another country is definitely different from hosting one in the States. It’s odd and humbling when you’re not completely familiar with customs, phrases, and locations of the city you’re in but you’re the one who’s supposed to be in the know. It gave me a better feel for what people from outside the United States feel when they come to a conference in the States. We can’t think too much about how our traditions, cultural practices, and inside jokes appear to those who are unfamiliar with them.
One of the highlights of the conference for me was having three Brits (Matt Searles, Simon Brading, Matt Giles) lead 1-2 songs from an acoustic guitar. People appreciated seeing songs led by a single instrument and not a band, as that’s where many congregations are at. It also introduced the attendees to some great new songs, listed below. Most of all, I was grateful God is raising up so many to promote gospel-rich, theologically informed congregational songs and leadership.
I was also thankful for the opportunity to see or hang out with folks like Mike Reeves, Tim Chester, Philip Percival, Stuart Townend, and Nathan and Lou Fellingham. Mike served us well in the last main session and also on a panel. I’ve thrilled he’ll be joining us for WorshipGod: TRIUNE in the states this coming July.
I had scores of great conversations at the conference. I learned that we had over 100 churches represented, which was fantastic. I also realized we still have trouble distinguishing between worship and music. The fact that the conference was called “WorshipGod” led more than a few pastors to think it was only for musicians. While we did have seminars geared towards musicians, a significant part of the conference was geared towards the “why” of what we do in our public gatherings. So we talked about the Trinity, the gospel, the heart, prayer, the presence of God, and more. Our hope is that pastors and musicians will work more as a team in planning and preparing for the public gatherings of the church.
So next year we’ve decided to host another conference. We’ve booked the Bath Forum again for May 7-9, 2015. Thanks to the helpful evaluation forms people filled out this year we’ll be making number of improvements to the schedule, layout, and program. For one, the conference will start Thursday night and go through Saturday at 5, so people will only have to miss one day of work. We also plan on hosting a pastors’ conference during the day on Thursday. More details to come.
In the mean time, here’s a list of the songs we sang and a video overview of the conference.
My Soul Is Well
Take My Life and Let It Be
Here is Love