What an awesome time of worship and learning!
On Monday November 17, I had the priviledge of being on the panel of Martin Smith's Worship Workshop held at host church Coastal Church in Vancouver. Martin Smith (frontman of popular band Delirious) led everyone who attended in an intimate time of worship and praise. You could definitely feel the Presence of God as each person engaged in expressing thanksgiving to God through song.
Martin Smith then shared what was on his heart and mind challenging us in worship leadership to grow beyond what we find confortable and seek God's vision for worship and outreach through music in today's culture.
The day ended by each Panel member sharing some key thoughts in his specialty. We heard from Brian Doerksen (Award winning Singer-Songwriter "Faithful One") about the importance of writing songs that are not afraid to explore the depths of human emotion... from lament to high praise.
Next we heard from Phil Spoelstra (Worship and Arts Pastor, Broadway Church) share about the importance of being administratively organized, when running a succesful and effective music and worship ministry.
Eric Damewood (Worship Arts Pastor, Village Church) was our third panel member. He shared with us his passion for encouraging artists to discover their purpose and to pursue musical excellence in their creative disciplines.
Steve Matthews (Innovation Lighting) shared with us some tips on an effective lighting system for houses of worship. His word of wisdom is to not over-do it. The lighting should serve the mood and message being conveyed through the music or sermon and not distract or draw undue attention.
Steve Klassen (Saphhire Sound) talked to us about Live Sound and Recording and answered some personal technical audio questions from the audience.
John Broadhead (Roland Corp. US) shared his wisdom with us on the topic of video and streaming services. His main point was for churches to seriously evaluate the purpose and need for such technology in their context before jumping in and to not over-spend on technology that may not be needed for your particular church ministry context.
And last, I (Brent Gibson, Professor at Summit Pacific College and Owner of Windsong Music Group) shared about my passion for raising up the next generation of worship leaders and musical artists through teaching music, worship, and sound to college students and working with emerging Christian artists in helping them realize and articulate their "God Voice" through music. Windsong Music Group was formed to come alongside emerging artists and assist them in realizing their unique Christian musical voice by recording, producing, and distributing the artist's music at a reasonable cost with maximum impact.
What an amazing event! I was so honored to be a part of it.
Thanks Martin Smith, Jamisel, and Coastal Church for making this event happen.