July 29, 2003
JEFFERSON CITY – A comprehensive music gathering that features conferences, breakout sessions, concerts and special worship times for Missouri Baptists is coming to Concord Baptist Church, Jefferson City, July 24-26.
Church Music Missouri is a Missouri Baptist Convention event that aims to shine the spotlight on Jesus, organizers say. Participants will be encouraged to become STARS – an acrostic for seek, trust, ask, receive and show.
"Virtually anyone involved in any capacity of music ministry at his or her local church or association would benefit from attending," said Tony Ward, minister of music at Concord who is coordinating the conference for the MBC.
Conferences include: total music ministry; changing ministry through the years; youth choirs; bi-vocational ministry; drama; children’s choir coordinators; older children’s leaders; pre-school leaders; piano-electronic keyboard; instrumental music; and praise bands.
Breakout sessions include: music and multi-media; annuities; family; reading sessions; children’s choir games and movement; choosing curriculum for children’s choir; and developing the theme for the year in children’s choir.
"It’s going to be real condensed," Ward said. "In 2½ days, we’re going to do a lot of stuff."
Vocalist Chris Machen will be in concert Thursday night. On Friday night, vocalist Luke Garrett will perform. Both concerts are open to the public and will start at 8 p.m. The cost for each is $5.
Missouri music leaders scheduled to lead conferences include: Gene Calhoun, minister of music, First Baptist Church, Raytown; Dave Corkern, band director, Hannibal-LaGrange College; William Brown, dean of the School of Music, Southwest Baptist University; Lee Sisney, associate pastor, worship and music, First Baptist Church of Harvester, St. Charles; and Sharon Patterson, Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin.
Others scheduled to lead include: Don McMinn, founder, Six Acts Ministries, Irving, Texas; Bill Ballinger, associate minister of music, First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Okla.; Gary Hallquist, assistant professor of worship ministries, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Lujean Howard, worship and music associate, Germantown Baptist Church, Germantown, Tenn.; Karen Ward, First Baptist Church, Midwest City, Okla.; and Christy Haines, LifeWay Christian Resources.
Bill Shiflett, the new state worship specialist for the MBC, is scheduled to lead in worship on Saturday morning.
Registration by July 10 is $25. Registration after July 10 or at the door is $40. Checks are to be made out to the Missouri Baptist Convention and mailed to MBC Worship, 400 East High St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
For more information, contact Tanya Franks at the MBC, 1-800-736-6227, ext. 451.