Schedule & Focus Sessions

Here is the schedule for the 2023 Conference! View focus session topics below.
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Monday, October 2

8 AM – Check In

9 AM – Main Session 1

10:15 AM – Breakout Session 1

11:10 AM – Main Session 2

12 PM – Lunch (provided)

1 PM – Main Session 3

2:15 PM – Breakout Session 2

3:15 PM – Breakout Session 3

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM – Main Session 4

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Cornhole / Pizza at church (provided)

Tuesday, October 3

8 AM – Doors Open

9 AM – Main Session 5

10:00 AM – Breakout Session 4

11:00 AM – Lunch (provided)

12 PM – Main Session 6

1:15 PM – Breakout Session 5

2:05 PM – Breakout Session 6

3 PM – Main Session 7

3:30 PM – Conference Ends

(All Times are CST)

**subject to change

Focus Session Schedule

Monday
Breakout Session 1

10:15 – 11am

  • How to Play Keys for Modern Worship, for Leaders & Musicians
    • Taught by David Pfaltzgraff – Sunday Sounds
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to create social media content for your church
    • Taught by Brian Wahl – Worship Tutorials
    • Room – Discovery Center
  • How to make the Most of Planning Center Services
    • Taught by Aaron Stewart – Planning Center
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to manage Acoustics in Challenging Environments
    • Taught by Sweetwater
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to work better with your pastor
    • Taught by Jason Squires – The Creative Launch
    • Room – Mosaic
  • How to build an engaging worship set
    • Taught by Alex Enfiedjian – Worship Ministry Training
    • Room – 261 – 263
  • How to run a band rehearsal
    • Taught by Janson Roberts / Wade Huggins
    • Room – Main Auditorium
  • How to Become Your Ultimate Vocalist
    • Taught by Sheri Gould – Vocalist
    • Room – Sanctuary

Monday
Breakout Session 2

2:15 – 3pm

  • How to get great guitar tone
    • Taught by Brian Wahl – Worship Tutorials
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to build Consistency with Tech Volunteeers
    • Taught by Sweetwater
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 1
  • How to use Planning Center as a Church Management System
    • Taught by Aaron Stewart – Planning Center
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to make your room sound better for worship
    • Taught by Doug Gould – WorshipMD
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to best livestream your worship
    • Taught by Chad Buckland – Worship Leader Hangout
    • Room – Mosaic
  • How to make sure your church is fully licensed
    • Taught by Gary Christensen – CCLI
    • Room – 261-263

Monday
Breakout Session 3
3:15 – 4pm

  • How to Upgrade your Keyboard with the Sunday Keys App
    • Taught by Davdid Pfaltzgraff – Sunday Sounds
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to improve your guitar technique
    • Taught by Brian Wahl – Worship Tutorials
    • Room – Discovery Center
  • How to get a great in-ear monitor mix Every Time: Pro Tips and Techniques
    • Taught by Jimmy Cooper – Hey Worship Leader
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 1
  • How to practically plan, schedule and present services
    • Taught by Adam Meyer – WorshipTools
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to know what resources work best for your church
    • Taught by Andrea Olson – Overflow Worship
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to Use Tablets on Stage to Improve Your Team
    • Taught by Jason Kichline – OnSong
    • Room – Mosaic
  • How to arrange songs for the band you have
    • Taught by Jason Houtsma – Worship Artistry
    • Room – 261-263
  • How to Sing Harmony and Improvisation 
    • Taught by Sheri Gould – Vocalist
    • Room – Sanctuary

Tuesday
Breakout Session 4
10 – 10:45am

  • How to arrange songs for the band you have
    • Taught by Jason Houtsma – Worship Artistry
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to audition and onboard new volunteers
    • Taught by Alex Enfiedjian – Worship Ministry Training
    • Room – Discovery Center
  • How to manage Acoustics in Challenging Environments
    • Taught by Sweetwater
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to practically plan, schedule and present services
    • Taught by Adam Meyer – WorshipTools
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to Avoid Fatigue by Cultivating a Healthy Team Culture
    • Taught by Jamie Miley – Ascension Worship
    • Room – Mosaic
  • How to use multitracks in worship
    • Taught by Matt McCoy – Loop Community
    • Room – 261 – 263
  • How to run a band rehearsal
    • Taught by Janson Roberts / Wade Huggins
    • Room – Main Auditorium
  • How to Refresh Your Vocal Technique
    • Taught by Sheri Gould – Vocalist
    • Room – Sanctuary

Tuesday
Breakout Session 5
1:15- 2pm

  • How To Play By Ear and Ultimately Get Free From Your Sheet Music On Sundays
    • Taught by Ryan Dahl – PraiseCharts
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to grow creativity as a worship leader
    • Taught by Rich Kirkpatrick – Author
    • Room – Discovery Center
  • How to have the best lighting for video
    • Taught by Sweetwater
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 1
  • How to get the most out of your mix
    • Taught by Doug Gould – WorshipMD
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to practically plan, schedule and present services
    • Taught by Adam Meyer – WorshipTools
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to Get The Most Out of Front-Of-House, Monitors, and Livestream From Just One Mixer
    • Taught by Jamie Miley – Ascension Worship
    • Room – Mosaic
  • How to Build a Healthy Team Culture
    • Taught by Andrea Olson – Overflow Worship
    • Room – 261 – 263

Tuesday
Breakout Session 6
2:05 – 2:50pm

  • How to have Multi-Cultural Worship
    • Taught by Ayanda Khumalo
    • Room – Garden Chapel
  • How to lead worship with confidence with the right song keys and vocal ranges
    • Taught by Ryan Dahl – PraiseCharts
    • Room – Discovery Center
  • How to communicate better with your team
    • Taught by Jason Squires – The Creative Launch
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 1
  • How to Easily Enhance your Worship Production on a Budget
    • Taught by Jason Kichline – OnSong
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 2
  • How to make sure your church is fully licensed
    • Taught by Gary Christenson – CCLI
    • Room – Fellowship Hall 3
  • How to use multitracks in worship
    • Taught by Matt McCoy – Loop Community
    • Room – 261-263

Focus Session Details

How to Play Keys for Modern Worship, for Leaders & Musicians

Taught by David Pfaltzgraff, Sunday Sounds
In this session you’ll gain a greater understanding of the role that keyboards play in modern worship music. Whether you’re a keys player, a pianist, or a worship leader it’s never been more important to define the way the keyboard fits into your band. During this breakout you’ll gain a practical perspective on this often misunderstood position, and learn high impact concepts that you can use at your very next rehearsal.

How to Upgrade your Keyboard with the Sunday Keys App

Taught by David Pfaltzgraff, Sunday Sounds
You don’t need that new red keyboard to get great worship keys sounds. In fact, you don’t need to buy a new keyboard at all. In this hands-on session you’ll discover how to use your existing keys gear along with the Sunday Keys App for iPad and Mac to instantly transform your old gear into an all-in-one worship keys rig.

How to create social media content for your church

Taught by Brian Wahl, Worship Tutorials
At this point social media must be a part of our strategy to reaching people outside the walls of our church but also to communicate info with our church body. Knowing where to start and how to go about it seems to be a moving target and getting content that looks great seems expensive. In this session we will quickly provide easy easy to make content look great, when to post, what to post and how to go about it.

How to get great guitar tone

Taught by Brian Wahl, Worship Tutorials
Great guitar tone is certainly not the end-all be-all of playing on a worship team but it can be a big hurdle to get over when bringing out best to God. In this session we will provide some simple and easy-to-apply tips for how to get the most out of the gear you already have and how to set up the tones you need for worship music.

How to improve your guitar technique

Taught by Brian Wahl, Worship Tutorials
Playing electric guitar in worship music does not require the full chords you use on an acoustic or power chords commonly used in rock music but really something in-between. In this session we will breakdown the techniques for chords and lead lines in worship – what they are, how to use them, when to use and everything else in that vein.

How to use multitracks in worship

Taught by Matt McCoy, Loop Community
Using multitracks in worship doesn’t have to be challenging and is a great way to enhance the sound of your band. Learn how to create setlists, customize your tracks, use MIDI controllers, audio routing and more.

How to make the most of Planning Center Services

Taught by Aaron Stewart, Planning Center
Planning your worship services and scheduling your teams can be overwhelming. Planning Center Services gives you a centralized place for both you and your teams to access personalized schedules, service information, and rehearsal files at any time. This class covers intermediate and advanced functionality to make sure you are getting the most of your Planning Center Services and Music Stand subscriptions.


How to use Planning Center as a church management system

Taught by Aaron Stewart, Planning Center
Though Planning Center started as an app for planning worship services, it has expanded into a suite of apps to manage your entire church. This class gives an overview of Check-Ins, People, Giving, Groups, Registrations, and Resources, and what it takes to get started or to move to a full Planning Center solution for your church.

How to arrange songs for the band you have

Taught by Jason Houtsma, Worship Artistry
In this workshop Jason and Kristina from Worship Artistry will demonstrate ways to arrange songs to create big sounding arrangements for the smaller worship team. You’ll learn how to listen and convert the elements of any song to your team’s skill set.

How to manage acoustics in challenging environments

Taught by Sweetwater
Good acoustics for worship are important for clear speech, musical performance, creating a sense of awe, and enhancing the overall worship experience for the congregation. They ensure that the spoken word is clear and easily understood and can help to create a rich, full sound that complements the musical style and creates a more engaging experience for the congregation. The challenge is that many tech teams are working with spaces that have poor acoustics, or spaces that were not originally designed for today’s musical format, making it difficult to control sound. In this session, we’ll explore ways to improve the acoustic environment and control sound in such spaces.

How to build consistency with tech volunteers

Taught by Sweetwater
Volunteer tech operators are critical to most churches in operating audio, video, and lighting technology each week. These volunteers bring their own backgrounds, varying skill levels, and personal assumptions to the table. However, these diverse perspectives can create challenges in maintaining consistent and reliable outcomes. Who decides on the appropriate audio mix or lighting design, and how can these standards be upheld regardless of who is operating the tech booth? In this session, we will explore effective strategies and best practices for improving consistency and maintaining excellence across all your tech volunteers. By establishing clear communication channels, setting expectations, and leveraging the expertise of your team, you can build a cohesive and effective tech team that delivers a high-quality experience every week. Join us to learn practical techniques that will help you build a team that consistently delivers reliable results, regardless of their diverse backgrounds and skill levels.


How to have the best lighting for video

Taught by Sweetwater
Lighting is an often-overlooked element of video production that can make or break a video. Because cameras don’t capture light in the same way as the human eye, it’s important to learn the lighting tools and techniques to capture great video images. In this session, we’ll cover lighting basics, some common tips and tricks for video lighting, and discuss how video lighting differs from stage lighting.

How to practically plan, schedule and present services

Taught by Adam Meyer, WorshipTools
Preparing for services doesn’t have to be complicated. We’ll explore practical ways to simplify your service planning, volunteer scheduling, song management, service presentations, and a lot more. Whether you’re a big church or a small one, an established church or a new church plant, these tools can simplify your worship planning. 

How to build an engaging worship set

Taught by Alex Enfiedjian, Worship Ministry Training
Learn to build engaging, Christ-centered worship sets that flow musically and thematically. Watch your church come alive as you artistically and intentionally lead them to a climactic view of God’s goodness. No more cookie-cutter sets!


How to audition and onboard new volunteers

Taught by Alex Enfiedjian, Worship Ministry Training
Learn the low-pressure way to handle auditions that leaves everybody feeling good. Then learn how to properly onboard new volunteers to shape them into the kind of team member you’d LOVE having on your team! No more awkward conversations!

How to communicate better with your team

Taught by Jason Squires, The Creative Launch
This session is designed to look at how people are wired and how that affects communication on a team. Understanding how people are wired will help to make sure our communication is received. Communication is only as good as how its received. We will specifically look that 3 main learning styles and 5 love languages


How to work better with your pastor

Taught by Jason Squires, The Creative Launch
Being a creative on a staff with other people who aren’t can be a challenge. Your lead pastor doesn’t get you and the person watching the bottom line is supportive of your ideas. It’s frustrating! Let’s talk about it and discuss some strategies to help you connect better with the non-creatives on your team.

How to make your room sound better

Taught by Doug Gould, WorshipMD
We may not consider the room as a component of. a sound system but if you don’t , the sound system will never perform as well as it could. Learn the steps to make srue your room sounds great: the sources needed, the microphones, setup and more!

How to get the most out of your mix

Taught by Doug Gould, WorshipMD
Do you understand audio routing? How to get the signal from input to final destination? In this focus session, learn about groups, sub-groups, aux busses, DCA’s for live mixing, what all the buttons and sliders do and more! We’ll cover the first steps in setting up your mix, what tools you need to get the results you desire, and more.

How to build a healthy team and be a Healthy One

Taught by Andrea Olson, Overflow Worship
Everyone wants more volunteers and a healthy team culture that serves and supports those volunteers, but doing this is easier said than done. Join Andrea Olson as she dives into the key foundation for culture building and her top 10 tips for a healthy worship team dynamic.

How to know what resources work best for your church

Taught by Andrea Olson, Overflow Worship
Ministry tools are not one size fits all because every church is unique. Resources that work well for one do not work for another. This session will walk through some key worship resources available to worship leaders that will help streamline and simplify as well as a process for deciding which ones will work best for your ministry.

How to grow creativity as a worship leader

Taught by Rich Kirkpatrick, Author
Learn 7 ways to harness constraints to help you and your team grow creatively! Here’s a powerful but often-missed truth. Even miracles happen within the constraints of time and space! Jesus was born on a particular day at a particular location. We can’t ignore limitations, whether budget spreadsheets, church policy, or the skill level of volunteers. Creativity Expert Rich Kirkpatrick, author of MINDBLOWN, offers seven ways to harness constraints and free your creativity. Are you ready to unleash creative genius in you and your team?

How to have Multi-Cultural Worship

Taught by Ayanda Khumalo, Worship Pastor & Artist
What is multicultural worship? Is my church multicultural? How can I facilitate multicultural worship? In this workshop we will have a focused conversation on multicultural worship, answer these questions and share practical tips on how to facilitate to multicultural worship.

How to lead worship with confidence with the right song keys and vocal ranges.

Taught by Ryan Dahl (Founder of PraiseCharts) & Isaiah Dahl (Lead Developer at PraiseCharts)
Newsflash … you don’t have to lead worship songs in their original key. Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, and Brandon Lake record amazing songs in keys that let their voices shine. That doesn’t have to leave you and your congregation in the dust! In this session, you’ll learn to understand your own vocal range, the vocal range of your congregation, and the vocal range of your favorite worship songs. Then, we’ll give you the tools to know how to pick the right keys for your favorite songs so that you can lead with confidence. Get a behind-the-scenes look at PraiseCharts and the innovative research and development they are building to help worship leaders demystify this issue for good.

How To Play By Ear and Ultimately Get Free From Your Sheet Music On Sundays

Taught by Ryan Dahl (Founder of PraiseCharts) & Isaiah Dahl (Lead Developer at PraiseCharts)
Believe it or not, the goal of PraiseCharts is to boost your confidence on stage as a musician so that you can get free from the music and lead worship from your heart. To get there, you can’t just wing it. There are simple principles that can help you understand how music works. In this session, you’ll be introduced to a range of tips and resources that can help your whole team lift your eyes from the music stand on Sunday morning.

How to Avoid Fatigue by Cultivating a Healthy Team Culture

Taught by Jamie Miley, Ascension Worship
In this session, Jamie will explore methods and best practices to honor your teams and intentionally build a culture that cultivates healthy worshipers. 

How to Get The Most Out of Front-Of-House, Monitors, and Livestream From Just One Mixer

Taught by Chad Kirkpatrick, Ascension Worship
Not every church has a separate mixer for front-of-house, monitors, and livestream. In this class, we will look at tips that will help you to maximize the potential of one mixer in all of these areas at once.

 

How to get a great in-ear monitor mix Every Time: Pro Tips and Techniques

Taught by Jimmy Cooper, Hey Worship Leader
To boost your on-stage confidence, master the art of a great in-ear monitor mix. In this breakout session, we’ll explore the essential “do’s” and “don’ts” so you never feel insecure on stage again.

How to run a band rehearsal

Taught by Janson Roberts, Conference Worship Director, and Wade Huggins, Conference Production Director
Have you ever struggled with consistently completing a full rehearsal on time? Maybe you find yourself overwhelmed by fixing last minute mistakes, transition moments that aren’t going well, or trying to smooth out the communication between the booth and the band? Join us as we tackle all the ins and outs of running a great worship rehearsal. We’ll run a full band and tech rehearsal from start to finish, evaluate it, and answer your questions on how to run the perfect worship rehearsal at your church – no matter the size of your congregation or style of worship

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