Worship Innovators Conference

October 10 - 11, 2022 | Chicago, IL

 

Bringing together worship leaders & innovators to help you become an expert at using technology in worship.

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Every worship leader can become an innovator.

Do you struggle with implementing new technology in your worship service? Our goal is to help you better plan for your weekend service each week so you can create new ways for people to connect with God.

Learn from the top innovators of worship resources.

You’ll learn from the experts in worship innovation and connect with other like-minded worship leaders.

If you attend this conference, you will become better at:

– Preparing for your worship services
– Using tracks and click in worship
– Reaching people in new ways with technology
– Planning for the unexpected

 

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What To Expect

Our goal is that you leave feeling like you learned practical strategies for taking your worship leading to the next level, as well as connected to other like-minded worship leaders.

Main Sessions
– Worship (Led by Worship Innovators)
– Innovator Talks
– Panel and Interview discussions

Focus Sessions (Workshops)
– Choose a specific topic of interest to go deeper in
– Learn from and hang with the innovators of your choice in breakout rooms.
– Build community with other like-minded worship leaders

Taught by worship resource innovators

Meet your conference guides

Aaron Stewart

Aaron Stewart

Planning Center - Co-Founder

Rochelle Burlock

Rochelle Burlock

Women That Worship - Founder

Jason Houtsma

Jason Houtsma

Worship Artistry - Founder

Alex Enfiedjian

Alex Enfiedjian

Worship Ministry Training

Stephen Duncan

Stephen Duncan

The Worship Coalition - Founder

Brian Wahl

Brian Wahl

Worship Tutorials - Founder

Matt McCoy

Matt McCoy

Loop Community - Founder

Nate Scott

Nate Scott

CCLI & SongSelect

Sheri Gould

Sheri Gould

Vocalist / Worship Leader

Jason Squires

Jason Squires

The Creative Launch

Hear from the leaders in worship innovation.
Ryan Dahl

Ryan Dahl

PraiseCharts - Founder

Jenni Mcgrew

Jenni Mcgrew

Worship Leaders Collective - Founder

Jason Kichline

Jason Kichline

OnSong - Founder

David Pfaltzgraff

David Pfaltzgraff

Sunday Sounds - Founder

Adam Meyer

Adam Meyer

WorshipTools - Director of Product

Hang with and learn from innovators in focus groups

Schedule

Monday, October 10

8:00 AM – Check In / Registration
9:00 AM – Main Session 1
10:00 AM – Focus Sessions
11:00 AM – Main Session 2
11:45 AM – Lunch
1:15 PM – Main Session 3
2:00 PM – Focus Sessions
3:00 PM – Focus Sessions
4:00 PM – Main Session 4
5:00 PM – Dinner on your own
(All times are in CST) 

 

Tuesday, October 11

8:00 AM – Coffee Hang
9:00 AM – Main Session 1
10:00 AM – Focus Sessions
11:00 AM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Main Session 2
1:30 PM – Focus Sessions
2:30 PM – Focus Sessions
3:30 PM – Main Session 4
4:00 PM – Conference Ends
(All times are in CST) 

**subject to change

 

Sponsors

Practical Talks & Focus Sessions

People vs. Planning
Worship technology is important and can improve the sound of your worship. But it’s important to not put that in front of the people on your team. Your people are your most valuable asset and we want to make sure we are leading them well. Learn how to balance planning for your worship services and caring for the people on your team. 

Simplify your worship planning with Planning Center
You may already use Planning Center to coordinate your weekend services. But are you using it as effectively as you could? Learn tips and tricks to simplify your worship planning and help your team be prepared for Sunday. 

Aaron Stewart

Planning Center

How to Write a Rock-Solid Chord Chart
Without a doubt, the most common musical language for modern worship music is the chord chart. Anyone can read a chord chart, even if they don’t read music. Writing a good chord chart takes time and skill, but a well written chord chart saves endless time at your worship practice. Ryan and his team at PraiseCharts have written thousands of chord charts that have been downloaded more than a million times. In this session, he’ll show you exactly how they do it, so that you can have the skill to write your own charts, or edit the ones you might get from PraiseCharts. Learn about chords, chord phrasing, lyric phrasing, section mapping, and other tricks that let you make the most of your text editor. 

How To Play By Ear and Get Free From Your Sheet Music
Well written charts can help your band sound amazing. However, on a Sunday morning during live worship, they can also be an annoying crutch. If you want to play music from your heart, and you want your band to have more freedom to “flow with the Spirit,” you’re gonna have to get free of the sheet music eventually. In this session, you’ll discover that memorizing your favorite worship songs isn’t as hard as you think. Once you tap into the repeating rhythms and progressions, there is a lot less to memorize. After this session, you’ll feel encouraged and inspired to take a leap, swipe that music away, and play with freedom from your heart, with your own unique style.
 
Ryan Dahl

PraiseCharts

Developing Sets that Engage Your Congregation
Just about any musician can pick a handful of songs for a worship setlist, but there is an art to developing a worship set that intentionally engages your congregation and encourages the flow of worship. Learn how to make a worship setlist that is meaningful, thoughtful and creative.

Jason Houtsma

Worship Artistry

Being Organized as a Worship Leader
Learn the power of the OnSong app – a way to keep all of your music and charts organized. 

Jason Kichline

OnSong

The Spark of Innovation
Why are we sometimes afraid of innovation? Why do we hold back? Innovation is what moves the world forward. Everyone can be an innovator by understanding the fundamental drivers behind innovation.
Tracks Made Easy
Do you want to start using multitracks in worship? Using multitracks is a great way to fill out the sound of your band and replace missing musicians. It can seem complicated when you first get started, but in this session you will learn the easiest way to use tracks in worship.
Ableton Live for Beginners
Learn the basics of how to use Ableton Live in worship to run multitracks. 
Matt McCoy

Loop Community

Electric Guitar Tone & Technique for Modern Worship
Learn everything you need to know about electric guitar tone and techniques for today’s modern worship sound
How to lead an effective and stress-free rehearsal
Rehearsals and soundcheck can be stressful and overwhelming, but they don’t need to be. Learn practicals tips and a framework that will make your next soundcheck or rehearsal go smoothly. 
Brian Wahl

Worship Tutorials

How to Build Engaging Worship Sets
Learn the proven roadmap to building better worship sets. Tired of clunky sets that don’t flow or engage the congregation? Learn how to build cohesive, beautiful, Christ-centered sets that help your people passionately express their praise. 
The Systems & Rhythms of a Thriving Worship Ministry
If you want to achieve health and success in life, you have to do certain things at certain teams. Your ministry is no different. Do the right things at the right times, and you’ll achieve the right results. Come and learn how!
Alex Enfiedjian

Worship Ministry Training

Lessons from Behind the Mixer
Jeff Barnett presents seven insights from his journey as an audio engineer that took him far too long to learn. Get a jump on your journey with this mix of practical tech tips and relational wisdom he wished someone told him early on.
Improving Your Live Stream
You may have recently scrambled to get geared up for live streaming. Now that you have a basic foundation, Kent Morris and Jeff Barnett present techniques to take your live stream to the next level, not just technically but how to better understand and engage your viewers.
Lighting Techniques for Worship
Lighting 101 – The basics of lighting for the non-lighting expert. If you’ve ever had lighting responsibility unwittingly thrust upon you, this session is for you! We’ll cover various types of stage lights, what they do, and how they are controlled.
Andrew Scriven, Jeff Barnett, Kent Morris

Sweetwater

Women That Worship
Women that worship (WTW) is a community designed for female worship leaders, songwriters, artists, and church leaders in ministry. Our mission is to see women living out a lifestyle of worship, rooted and grounded in the word of God, that radiates the love of Jesus Christ wherever we go. We are here to support, encourage, equip, and inspire female leaders in the local church. This session will include such topics as; Embracing the Call to Lead, Identity vs. Image, and What’s Your Sphere of Influence? Join Rochelle as she walks you through her personal journey of worship leading and shares the many lessons she has learned along the way. 
Rochelle Burlock

Women That Worship

How To Play Modern Worship Keys

There’s never been a more exciting and challenging time to be in the keys position on stage but as worship leaders we understand that there’s a big difference between ‘playing piano’ and ‘playing worship keys’. Figuring out how to articulate that difference and transition your volunteers from playing to piano to playing worship keys doesn’t have to be complicated or controversial.

David Pfaltzgraff

Sunday Sounds

Building a Healthy Team Culture
It’s hard building a team that is all in and shares the same vision as you do. Learn how to pastor your worship team and build a culture that lasts. 
Jenni Mcgrew

Worship Leaders Collective

Worship Teams & Tech Teams: One Team
Lets discuss the things that draw us closer so that together we’re all working towards the same goal. There’s a lot to unpack here but they are things that will definitely make us better at communicating to achieve a great service.
Getting Started with In-Ear Monitors
There are so many advantages to in-ears, not only for the musicians but congregation as well. We’ll talk about types (universal or custom), devices to hear your mix, how to make changes to your mix, wireless, headphone amps, monitor mix apps, stereo vs. mono, effects, and more!
What you Need to Know about Microphones
Techs and musicians have their favorite brands and models  but if you’re a creative musician or tech you may want to experiment and broaden your horizons to achieve the results you have heard in your mind or only imagined .. don’t get stuck by doing things the same way hoping for a different result . Let’s get creative and flesh out some new ideas . 
Doug Gould

WorshipMD

How to Legally Lead Worship
CCLI Licenses, Streaming Licenses, Reporting – what does it all mean? Learn how to make sure that your church is legally covered. 
Nate Scott

CCLI & SongSelect

Stayin’ Alive 
Keeping your voice healthy and vibrant in these days of unhealthy vocal technique can be tricky. Come learn some great ways to nurture and grow your voice amidst today’s styles.

The 3 part Magic Bullet for Your Voice

Discover how to employ three of the most powerful vocal tools you’ll ever use to get the most out of your voice. With these techniques you can get the power, tone and range you’ve always wanted.

5 Steps to Tight Vocals

5 Tips designed to help your team get the tight vocals you’ve always wanted. These tips are simple and so easy to use that you can start with some of them this Sunday! 

Sheri Gould

Vocalist / Worship Leader

Getting Your Lyric Slides Right
Discover the power of Music Stand and Presenter working together. Save time by creating your worship sets in one place for musicians and tech. 
Writing and Editing Your Own Chord Charts
Learn how to create and edit worship charts with ChordPro, and how to easily share and transpose them.
Adam Meyer

WorshipTools

Creating a Worship Songwriting Culture
For those of us writing Christian songs, the responsibility is immense. In fact, it’s been said that the majority of Christians learn or develop their theology from the songs they sing in church or hear on Christian radio. That means we can’t take the ministry of songwriting lightly. What our songs say is extremely important because we will be held accountable for what our lyrics are teaching people about God (James 3:1). In this session you will learn how to set up and steward a thriving worship songwriting community that shifts culture by writing songs that are grounded in truth and are alive in the spirit.
Stephen Duncan

The Worship Coalition

Creativity in Service Planning 
Two songs, announcements, 2 songs, offering, 1 song, message, dismiss. Getting stuck in a rut is very easy to do. This session is going to talk about creative elements you can add into service planning as well as tips on how to write a good setlist. 

Eliminating Rehearsal
Mid-week rehearsal is an extra night out in the week and can easily be eliminated so your teams can be home with their families. This class will show you how to set the expectations & use some tools to eliminate it.  

Tech Team Invincibility
They are only noticed when there is a problem yet they are the first ones in and the last ones out every week. Your tech team is a vital part to making your worship experience happen. This session will talk about ways to encourage them and show them they are a part of the team.  
 
Jason Squires

The Creative Launch

Panel Discussions with Worship Innovators

The Obstacles of Innovation
If you’re a worship leader that wants to start innovating either in your role or in other ways, there are many hurdles that you will have to overcome. Get tips from the top worship innovators on how to be successful as an innovator. 
What To Do When Things Go Wrong
When you are leading worship with technology, things will inevitably go wrong at some point! In this panel, the worship innovators will help you learn how to handle these situations, how to help them not distract from the worship service, and how to learn from them. 
Leading Worship on a Budget
Whether you are at a large or small church, you most likely have a budget for leading worship. Learn how to utilize your team’s budget, no matter how much it is, to add the technology that is the most effective for your church. 
Eyes Off the Page and Heart Into the Song
Chord Charts are a great resource from your worship team. But how do you make sure that your team is able to use them while authentically leading worship? In this panel, some of the top innovators of worship chord charts will give tips for how to use charts while still focusing on leading worship. 

Registration 

You won’t want to miss this. Limited tickets are available.
Reserve your spot today.

Worship Innovators is perfect for your whole team.

Individual

$99 – early bird pricing!

Usually $199

Group

$49 per person

Group of 10+

Location & Travel Info

CONFERENCE VENUE
Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523


AIRPORTS

ORD (Ohare) or MDW (Midway) are great airports to fly into and will be a 30 minute drive away.

 

HOTELS
The Drake – Oak Brook
2301 York Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Hyatt Lodge – Oak Brook
2815 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523

 

Bonus Giveaways for Attendees
Must be present to receive these offers

Loop Community

  • 20% off coupon for tracks or hardware

Sunday Sounds

  • 20% off all digital products
  • 1 Free Song Specific Patch

Get in Touch

 

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions – shoot us a message and someone from our team will get back with you!

 

ALL SALES ARE FINAL 
To transfer your ticket to another person, please contact us with your order number.

 

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change

ALL SALES ARE FINAL 
To transfer your ticket to another person, please contact us with your order number.