Conference to Focus on Leading Worship from a Pastoral Heart

  Worship Ministry Leaders in the Middle Tennessee area have a wonderful opportunity coming on Saturday, February 11, at Grace Community (Baptist) Church in Brentwood.  For the last few years it has been my privilege to get to know Jeff Bourque, Director of Worship Ministries at Grace.  I have attended worship at the church and have been struck with the commitment to biblically sound worship practice evidenced in Jeff’s leadership, Pastor Scott Pattey’s expository preaching, and a high level of congregational participation in singing and other acts of worship.  Having my office at TBC just blocks away from Grace Community it has been convenient as well as rewarding to eat lunch from time to time with Jeff and to discuss our common love for worship and particularly worship expressed through congregational singing and song.  Jeff and I are working together to present an important conference for worship leaders/ministers of music that will focus on what I believe to be a crucial issue for all who serve the church in this capacity.  The conference title reflects this issue clearly: Planning and Leading Congregational Singing from a Pastoral Heart. 

A key feature of the conference will be a time of Q& A with modern hymn-writer and friend of Tennessee Baptist minister-musicians, Keith Getty.  Getty is well-known for songs like In Christ Alone, Speak, O Lord, O Church Arise, and more.  The Irish native will reflect the seriousness with which he approaches writing songs for the Church to sing offering theolgically rich corporate expressions of worship.  Getty’s Irish humor and penchant for accessibility to participants at similar conferences have endeared him to worship leaders, young and old alike.  Other conference presenters will include host, Jeff Bourque, songwriter-worship leaders, Dave Hunt of Nashville, and David Ward of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Paul Clark.  Church location and other details can be viwed at  Registration fee is $35 (discount for students), and may be registered through Grace Church or by registering online at  The itenerary for the day is listed below:

8:15 – 9:00: Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30: Worship through Singing
9:30 – 10:30: “Leading Congregational Worship Pastorally” – Dr. Paul Clark, Director of Worship and Music Ministry at the Tennessee Baptist Convention
10:30 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 12:00: Q & A with Keith Getty
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00: Breakouts – Choose Between the Following:

“Cultivating Passion in Worship” – David Ward, Director of Worship Ministries at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, MN, Founder of, Modern Hymn Writer

“Leading Your Worship Team Pastorally” – Dave Hunt, Worship Leader at Trinity Church in Nashville, Worship Songwriter

“Building Your Song Repertoire with Pastoral Intentionality” – Jeff Bourque, Director of Worship at Grace Community Church, Worship Songwriter

2:00 – 2:30: Break
2:30 – 3:00: Worship Through Singing
3:00 – 4:00: “Planning Your Worship Service with a Pastoral Heart” – Jeff Bourque

About Paul Clark Jr

Worshiper, student of worship. Graduate of Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies (DWS), Director of Worship & Music Ministries for Tennessee Baptist Convention. Musician, Clinician, Conference Leader, Teacher, Author, Worship Music Leader, Husband, Father, Grandfather, fellow traveler.

Posted on January 21, 2012, in Tennessee Music Ministers, Tennessee Pastors, Worship Leaders, Worship Renewal and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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