Churches throughout the world are struggling with what style of worship is appropriate for their setting. Many churches find themselves dying, stuck to old forms of worship that once were very meaningful, yet now don’t seem to engage the people in meaningful worship nor speak a language that the unchurched can understand. In the 50’s and 60’s, worship was pretty similar among Southern Baptist churches and most sang from a common source—the Baptist Hymnal. Today, things have changed drastically and church leaders are struggling to determine what their church’s corporate worship should look like. There are many factors to consider in this quest.
Coming in 2013, the Baptist State Convention of NC will be offering three Worship Summits that will help leaders dive into some very important issues impacting corporate worship:
- What is the biblical basis of worship?
- What does it mean to worship God with all our being?
- What role should personal preferences play in worship?
- How should culture impact corporate worship?
- How should a missionary mindset impact corporate worship?
- How is worship and discipleship intertwined?
- Is unified worship the best way to go?
- What style of worship is appropriate for my church?
- If a church does sense God’s leadership to change, how can that be done in a healthy, God-honoring, people-loving manner with biblical and musical excellence?
Upcoming Worship Summits
- May 30-31, 2014 Jacksonville area
First Baptist Church, Richlands, NC
100 Rand St. • Richlands, NC More Information Map Register now
- Various locations in Asia in June!
- July 14-18, 2104 LifeWay Worship Week, Ridgecrest (condensed version in breakout sessions)
Details and Registration
- August 15-16, 2014 Monroe
Union Baptist Association Missions Resource Center
1744 Williams Rd. • Monroe, NC 28110 More Information Map
- September 20, 2014 Hickory. NC
First Baptist Church
339 2nd Ave NW • Hickory, NC Map
- November 15, 2014 Clyde, NC (Special Edition
(with optional November 14 evening session)
Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church
154 Sunset Ridge Road • Clyde, NC Map
The Worship Summit begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and runs through 12:30 p.m. (except the LifeWay Worship Week adaptation).
For more information about the differences in the Worship Summit and Worship Leader Boot Camp events and their target audiences, please visit our FAQ page. Also, visit our page on the Worship Leader Boot Camps for the complete package of training.
Conceivably, a church could send the senior pastor and worship team to the Worship Leader Boot Camp, and several people interested in worship or instrumental in leading worship renewal in the church to the Worship Summit. This would ground a leadership core in your church in gaining vision for renewal and equipping them with the tools for change. This could be a major step in achieving renewal in the church.
What People Are Saying…
The Worship Summit with Kenny Lamm was one of the most complete and practical discussions on Biblical Worship that I have experienced in many years. As a worship leader, I left equipped with tools, quotes, and scriptures in which I could defend the principles of worship that I have been trying to apply within my own congregation. I think representatives from churches of all sizes and musical styles can use the information gleaned here to make more spiritually-focused decisions regarding worship within their local context.
Pastor of Worship & Communications
Southside Baptist Church, Mooresville, NC