Church Music Today is a great blog site for church music leaders, ministers of music, and worship leaders of every denomination (or no denomination). My contribution this month, however, deals with the Baptist Church Music Conference to be held in Toccoa, Georgia, April 14-16, 2013. Even if you are not a Baptist I hope you’ll still take the time to finish this article and check out the link just so you can see what many Baptists are up to. And who knows, maybe you will find something useful!
The Baptist Church Music Conference is meant to be an annual gathering of local church leaders, denominational workers (including domestic and international missionaries), and educators from institutions affiliated with Baptists in various ways. The conference has traditionally been held in June but has moved to the spring this year. “Knowing Christ Making Him Known” is the theme for the conference with Philippians 3:8 being the focal scripture basis for the year.
I have been attending the conference most every year for about fifteen years for two main reasons: 1) It is the best opportunity to network with Baptists from around the world; and, 2) It usually offers a wide variety of topics. My duties in the churches I have served have ranged from facilitating music and worship opportunities from preschool age to senior adults. Plus, like many of you, I am expected to deal with a variety of styles and speak a diverse musical language to accomplish ministry. This is one of the best conferences I have found in helping me do that.
While the conference always seeks to promote artistic excellence, worship, spiritual renewal, and encouragement are at it’s heart. You can tell from this year’s theme that using music and worship as a means to lead others to faith in Christ will be the focus.
The conference is just around the corner. You can go to http://www.sbcmc.org/ to register or for more information about the conference.
“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things,” Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. Whatever conference(s) you choose to attend this year, may God encourage you in His work and strengthen your commitment to leading others in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.