BEST PRACTICES FOR 21ST CENTURY WORSHIP & MUSIC LEADERS
October 10-11, 2019
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Sponsored by The Church Music Institute with generous funding by The Lilly Endowment Inc.
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Thursday, October 10
1:00 Noonday Prayer – Saint Michael Chapel
1:30 Introduction to the Lilly Worship and Music Project at the Church Music Institute
For 12 months nine clergy and musician teams along with a congregational representative from each of their churches completed a series of activities including two formal courses at Brite Divinity School (Music in Christian Worship and Congregational Song), monthly peer learning groups of three teams each, and projects unique to each congregation that deepened the worship for each of their churches. New models of learning resulted for clergy, musicians and congregations, as well as more meaningful, integrated worship particular to each congregation. Six of these congregations will explain how practices informed by historic traditions of the church have been interpreted for today’s congregations.
1:45 Building Faithful Christians Across Generations
- Starting a Children’s Choir Program Congruent with Church School Education – Rev. Dr. Christopher Wilson and Arla Bywater, Don Wharry, Rush Creek Christian Church, Arlington
- Linking Church and School: Teaching the Children (and Adults through Children) Service Music and How to Use a Hymnal – Rev. Adam Douthwaite and Dr. Timothy Shewmaker, Ann Eggold, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Dallas
- Congregational Liturgy and Music Education Project – Rev. Dr. James Haner and Dr. Sam Eatherton, Dr. Todd and Becky Baumann, Zion Lutheran Church and School, Dallas
3:30 Deepening Worship within the Congregation
- Focusing Worship and Music Life of the Congregation on the Church Year – Rev. Andy Odom and Dr. David Hays, Kim Malcolm, Canyon Creek Presbyterian, Richardson
- Extending the Hymnal by Creating a Supplement using Expansive Language – Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, Dr. Todd Prickett, Rev. Jeanne Duke, University Christian Church, Fort Worth
- Reinstituting Music into a Spoken Service – Rev. Lisa Flores Musser, Dr. Charlotte Kroeker, Roland Anderson, Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas
5:30 Reception in Organ Library of Church Music Institute
6:30 Dinner and Presentation by Rev. Dr. George Mason and Doug Haney
Friday, October 11
8:30 Coffee and Snacks
9:00 Morning Prayer – Saint Michael Chapel
9:15-Noon -- Rev. Marty will explore how to deepen the outward perspective and inward self-understanding of pastors and musicians, each in their own way. What must they do to enlarge their sense of call? This isn’t a talent issue, as if pastors and musicians are skill deficient (though there’s always room for growth in such realms for all of us, of course). It’s an attitudinal issue, a perspectival opportunity to avoid approaching one’s call too narrowly. Q: What’s at stake? A: One’s very soul. Dr. Marty will also speak about the growing secularity of culture, the rapid pace with which that is happening, and what we in the church are supposed to do with people who, in their willingness to worship almost anything, are busy making God into their own image.
9:15-10:30 Part I – “Adding Frequencies to the Pastoral Heart: Beyond Our Responsibility to Lead”
10:45 Part II – “Going Off the Map as a Musician: Delighting in the Congregation as Part of Our Call”
1:00 Panel Discussion
2:00 “Clergy and Musicians as Partners in Mission: Creating Worship that Works: - Ellen Johnston, M.M., and Rev. William Bradley Roberts, D.M.A.
Part I – Power, Shared Pastoral Responsibilities, Healthy Collaborations
Part II – Managing the Expectations in Our Relationships
Part III – Empathy for Our Clergy or Musician Counterparts
4:30 Evening Prayer – Saint Michael Chapel
Dinner on your own
7:30 Incarnatus Concert at Church of the Incarnation – purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/incarnatus-in-concert-tickets-69206144441?aff=ebapi
Saturday, October 12 – 9:00 a.m. rehearsal for Meyerson Festival of Church Music
Sunday, October 13 – 7:00 p.m. Festival of Church Music, Meyerson Symphony Center