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September 30, 2010


Worship Leadership Training Is on the Way!

by Kenny Lamm

After observing NC Baptist churches for several months and talking with worship leaders, directors of missions, and pastors, I have realized that there is a tremendous need for equipping church worship leaders/musicians in how to effectively lead contemporary and blended forms of worship.


The Church Ministry Team of the Baptist State Convention of NC will hold two major events in the early part of 2011, one of them in five locations across the state, that will provide tremendous help for those responsible for corporate worship in the local church.  I cannot begin to express to you how much I believe these events can help your worship leadership to renew the worship in your church by giving you the tools you need.

Both events are built around the following topics:

  • Theology of Worship – focusing on biblical foundations
  • Leadership of Worshipwhat it means to be a leader and how to improve as a worship leader
  • Songs for Worshiphow do you properly select music for your congregation?
  • Formats of Worship - a look at varying worship styles
  • Mechanics of Worship –linking songs, key relationships, thematic considerations, worship flow, making a plan, use of instrumentalists
  • The Practice of Corporate Worship - practical insights to help all team members, from musician to tech team

Participants will receive a Worship Leader Handbook to be used throughout the conference and in the future for study and reference.

Here are descriptions of the two events.

Minister of Music Retooling Retreat

January 21–22, 2011
Ridgecrest Conference Center

Most ministers of music were well trained to lead music and worship ministries in the traditional church. Today, with changing worship environments, many churches desire to move to a blended or more contemporary form of worship as a way to be more relevant to their specific communities. Sometimes our training doesn’t adequately prepare us for transitioning a church in its worship styles, nor give us the tools to lead that style with excellence.

The Minister of Music Retooling Retreat is an overnight event that will equip leaders in the theology, theory and practice of newer forms of worship. A worship team and band will be present for demonstrations and modeling. This event will dig deeper into the material than the Worship Leader Boot Camp and will offer more opportunities for personal growth due to the extended training time.
CLICK HERE for online registration.

Cost (includes overnight accommodation at Ridgecrest’s new hotel, Mountain Laurel; three meals; and conference materials):
Single Occupancy, $125
Double Occupancy, $87
Commuter (includes everything except lodging), $62

Worship Leader Boot Camp

(Five 2011 Regional Events)
• February 5 – Greenville, Oakmont Baptist Church
• March 26 – Fayetteville, Arran Lake Baptist Church
• April 9 – Burlington, Grove Park Baptist Church
• May 7 – Statesville, Front Street Baptist Church
• May 21 – Hendersonville, Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


This intense one-day training event will set the foundations for biblical worship and dig deeply into learning how to plan and implement worship in the local church that honors God and draws His people to Him each week. Churches desiring to transition to a more blended or contemporary style of worship will be well-equipped to lead their congregations with excellence in a way that honors God and leads His people to worship. The boot camps will have a worship team and band present for demonstration and modeling of the concepts presented. These events target worship leaders in the church—full-time, part-time, bivocational and volunteers. It will be very helpful for entire worship teams to attend the event, so there will be unity in the understanding of worship and the vision for worship ministry in a team’s local church.

Cost (includes conference materials and lunch):

  • 1-4 from a single church, $22 each
  • 5 or more from a single church, $18 each

Both events cover the same basic curriculum; the retreat is much more intense due to the extra time allowed.

What People Are Saying about the Worship Leader Boot Camp

The following quotes come from participants of previous Worship Leader Boot Camps offered in NC and Southeast Asia.

“The Worship Leader Boot Camp was a great time of coming together with others who share the same passion of pursuing the most meaningful thing in life – worship of our Creator. I would recommend this training to anyone who seriously desires not only personal growth, but whose passion is to lead others into God’s presence.”

“Training materials used in the Worship Leader Boot Camp are phenomenal! Sometimes, the congregation may take for granted what happens in the worship service – if they only knew how much planning and preparation took place beforehand! These materials teach and guide you through every aspect of worship, from understanding what worship is to “evoking” worship in your church.”

“Boot Camp is really valuable for gaining hands-on experience in combining the various elements needed for effective worship. The Worship Leader Handbook is an outstanding resource for anyone planning worship for any setting.”

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marita Harer
    Jul 23 2013

    I am interested in this Worship Leader Training, as I am a young worship leader in my church who was called, but never formally trained. I would be very interested in an event of this sort, but cannot seem to find a current calendar or upcoming events for 2013/2014. I would appreciate information on any upcoming events, and though I am from Ohio, I am willing to travel if necessary.

  2. Aug 28 2013

    Sorry I missed your post last month–been bombarded with spam! Email me at klamm(at) for further discussion.

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