Last month, Kingswood University held our 5th annual worship arts conference. ENGAGE is geared to continually fuel pastors, worship leaders, musicians, and worshippers. The keynote speakers for ENGAGE 2015 were Jennie Lee Riddle, the songwriter of Revelation Song and founder of The Emerging Sound, and Dustin Smith, an Integrity Music Artist, songwriter and worship leader.
This year, the conference included WORSHIPtalks, 15 minute presentations by several worship leaders and pastors. The following topics were covered:
- The Gathered Church: Remembering Our Purpose (Kendra Higgs)
- Worship Team Dynamics (Kim Butler)
- Worship and Honour (Dustin Smith)
- Writing songs for the Church (Jennie Lee Riddle)
- Worship as Warfare (Dustin Smith)
- The Things We Sing (Mike Tapper)
- Worship Leader, Can You Make God Present? (Betty Weatherby)
- Undignified Worship: Worship Reflections on the Psalms (Scott Rhyno)
- The Case for Creativity (Elizabeth Rhyno)
Several KU students also attended the conference. They were inspired and challenged.
“There was an emphasis on challenging leaders to examine the position and heart from which they lead worship,” reported McCaila Cosgrove, who is KU’s Student Council President this year. “Through the keynote sessions, workshops and services, space was provided for pastors and worship team members to evaluate how their leadership in a service – their planning, song selection, times of personal and prayerful preparation, and platform ministry – affects the way that their congregations engage in worship.”
“I was challenged to be aware of the fact that my position and heart of worship from the stage should be the position and heart from which I live,” said McCaila.
“I was encouraged about how worship can propel our churches into mission,” said 3rd year student Oliver Locke. “We can tell stories of how God has transformed lives and of people serving in the community. We can also use different elements of worship, like using the benediction as a way of casting vision in prayer form and sending people out into the world to live missionally.”
“As a worship leader, ENGAGE ignited a passion in me to be one who leads with zeal and inspiration from God’s word,” said 4th year student, JJ Gorveatte.