Seminars

Monday, July 15

Intensive Seminars (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

On Monday, plan on attending one of our intensive workshop sessions, offering practical tools and tips in handbells, liturgical dance, and contemporary worship. In addition to these sessions, there will be a rehearsal for those who wish to participate in the “River of Light” Oratorio closing concert as well as an organ crawl around Kansas City.

Contemporary Worship Intensive at Resurrection Downtown — Justin Huey and Matt Bisel
Resurrection Downtown, a setting designed especially for contemporary modern worship, is the laboratory for new music within Church of the Resurrection. Worship leaders Justin Huey and Matt Bisel will guide you through everything from planning worship in a more contemporary style to creating services aimed directly at inner city dwellers. In addition, they will provide examples of new music created especially for the downtown campus by musicians and congregants within the church itself. The use of a band, recruiting a band, using hymns in a modern setting and other contemporary issues will be discussed.

“The River of Light” Choir Experience — Kevin Bogan and Troy Armstrong
Be a part of a new choral work, “The River of Light,” as you join with the Church of the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra to present this 75 minute original oratorio based on the stories found in the Resurrection Window. Troy Armstrong, the composer of “The River of Light,” will join with Kevin Bogan, traditional music director at the Church of the Resurrection, to prepare you to sing in the closing worship event of the Convocation.

Handbell Intensive — Rezound!
Work with Rezound! performance coordinator Lisa Mills along with other instructors from the group to learn techniques and tips to enhance your handbell program. Four topics to be addressed during this intensive seminar include using handbells in worship, handbell techniques – basic and beyond, ringing with less than a full choir, and working with young ringers. [View Additional Details]

Dance Intensive — Sheila Beckford
This dance intensive is designed for dancers of all levels. We will explore refreshing creative concepts that will transform your worship through choreography and other artistic ministries associated with liturgical dance (for example, flagging). We will then add our gifts to complement the other spiritual gifts and elements during our times of worship. It will be a joyous time to experience the Lord through movement.

Organ Crawl
Many may not think of Kansas City as a mecca for pipe organs, but with its close proximity to Quimby Pipe Organs, a fine music conservatory, and a fine church music program in Lawrence, the organ scene is quite robust. Join us on an organ crawl as we experience some of the area’s finest instruments, including the new Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at Village Presbyterian Church and either the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Casavant organ or the Community of Christ Temple Casavant (depending on availability).

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Choral Anthem Spectacular!
Later on Monday afternoon, don’t miss the Choral Anthem Spectacular, which will review anthems from a number of major publishers. There will be special guest conductors and door prizes! Complimentary to all convocation registrants.

Tuesday, July 16

Morning Prayer and Bible Study (8:30-9:15 a.m.)

Details to come – Donna Coltrane Battle

Morning Plenary (10:15-11:30 a.m.)

Title TBA — Ruth Duck and Brittney Stephan

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Choral Reading Session

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Hymns in Modern Style — Trenton Teegarden
This seminar will focus on arranging and leading familiar hymns as integral parts of modern worship planning. Attention will be given to arrangements which work well alongside praise music. Resources will be shared representing new compositions in hymn format. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Tuesday.)

Title TBA — John Pavlovitz
Description to come. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Tuesday.)

Designing and Leading Multi-Faith Worship — Donna Coltrane Battle
This seminar will explore the steps and processes to be considered for planning and implementing a multi-faith worship experience. Participants will interactively learn about two styles of multi-faith worship and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue as well as question and answer. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Tuesday.)

Social Media/Marketing (Title TBA) — Carla Swank Fox
Description to come. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Tuesday.)

Planning Authentic Worship in an Excel Spreadsheet Time — Sterling Allen
Whether part- or full-time worship leaders, we are faced with constant distractions. These distractions leave us rushing to fill in the gaps of worship. We use tools like Planning Center, Elvanto, and Excel to plan worship, but I’m afraid we’re missing something vital in our preparations. Come and discover how to plan more authentic worship rooted in the Word during our Excel spreadsheet time. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Tuesday.)

Organ Seminar #1 (TBA)
Description to come. (This session will not be repeated. It will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.)

Handbell Reading Session — Kathy Leonard
Spend an hour checking out pieces chosen from the J.W. Pepper catalog. Please bring your handbell folder/notebook and gloves. Selections will be available for purchase at the J.W. Pepper booth following the session. (This session will not be repeated. It will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.)

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Hymns in Modern Style — Trenton Teegarden
This seminar will focus on arranging and leading familiar hymns as integral parts of modern worship planning. Attention will be given to arrangements which work well alongside praise music. Resources will be shared representing new compositions in hymn format. (This session is repeated from 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.)

Title TBA — John Pavlovitz
Description to come. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Tuesday.)

Designing and Leading Multi-Faith Worship — Donna Coltrane Battle
This seminar will explore the steps and processes to be considered for planning and implementing a multi-faith worship experience. Participants will interactively learn about two styles of multi-faith worship and have the opportunity to engage in dialogue as well as question and answer. (This session is repeated from 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.)

Social Media/Marketing (Title TBA) — Carla Swank Fox
Description to come. (This session is repeated from 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.)

Planning Authentic Worship in an Excel Spreadsheet Time — Sterling Allen
Whether part- or full-time worship leaders, we are faced with constant distractions. These distractions leave us rushing to fill in the gaps of worship. We use tools like Planning Center, Elvanto, and Excel to plan worship, but I’m afraid we’re missing something vital in our preparations. Come and discover how to plan more authentic worship rooted in the Word during our Excel spreadsheet time. (This session is repeated from 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.)

Organ Seminar #2 (TBA)
Description to come. (This session will not be repeated. It will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.)

Handbell Reading Session (Oldies but Goodies!) — Kathy Leonard
Handbell standards published in 2005 or earlier that are must-haves for any 3-5 octave choir library. All titles are still in print. Please bring your handbell folder/notebook and gloves. Selections will be available for purchase at the J.W. Pepper booth following the session. (This session will not be repeated. It will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.)

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Choral Reading Session

Wednesday, July 17

Morning Prayer and Bible Study (8:30-9:15 a.m.)

Details to come – Donna Coltrane Battle

Morning Plenary (10:15-11:30 a.m.)

Title TBA — John Pavlovitz

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Choral Reading Session

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Worship Design Seminar: Worshiping Beyond Style Labels — John Hollan
Many churches tend to label their worship services according to musical style. Words like contemporary, traditional, or blended seem to rule the day. What if there was a way to live above the worship labels? This session discusses one church’s journey to finding a unique and diverse multi-generational worship voice. This session will included opportunities for dialogue and interaction. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

From Play to Praise: The Poignant, Powerful Child Voice — Gretchen Harrison
Session attendees will learn engaging ways to encourage participation and development of the child voice. In addition to new techniques, attendees will look at repertoire that builds musicianship and captivate the singer and the audience. A demonstration children’s choir will be part of the experience, schedule permitting. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

What Is So Sacred about Communion? — Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi
This seminar will explore the sacramental nature of communion, including the historical, theological, psycho-social and practical reasons United Methodists have an open table. It will also explore the ways in which church ministries and worship experiences can either create and support the spirit of an open table or belie and hinder it. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

Creating Space for Mutuality in Mission — Amy Valdez Barker
This workshop will focus in on what it means for people to feel accepted, honored and a valued part of communities in a world where racism, paternalism and sexism seems to be the norm. Coming from a theology of mission that is striving to be grounded in mutuality, Rev. Valdez Barker will explore possibilities with participants about creating spaces in worship that allow each member to recognize their value in the sight of God, the Creator of all. She’ll share experiences of worship in different cultures and communities around the world and will work to draw out community knowledge to enrich and enliven each person’s experience. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

Convocation Worship Visuals — Todd Pick
In this seminar Todd will explore his process of planning and execution of the worship visuals for this Convocation 2019: A Place at the Table. A question and answer time will be included. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

Vocal Seminar — Amy Rosine
Do you have questions about your current vocal technique? Do you feel that your voice could use a vocal “check up?” Bring a solo to sing and work on vocal technique with Amy Rosine, Voice Professor from Kansas State University with over 25 years experience teaching voice. We can work on classical or Contemporary Christian Selections. (This session will be repeated at 3:15 Wednesday.)

Dance Seminar and Rehearsal — Sheila Beckford
Dancers of all ages, genders, shapes, sizes, and experience levels are welcome to participate in these rehearsals. Modifications can be made to choreography for any physical ability. We will be preparing simple and worshipful moments of movement for the service Wednesday evening and, as time allows, exploring the choreography process so you can implement movement as a part of worship at your home church. (This session will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral and will continue through the 3:15 seminar timeslot.)

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Worship Design Seminar: Worshiping Beyond Style Labels — John Hollan
Many churches tend to label their worship services according to musical style. Words like contemporary, traditional, or blended seem to rule the day. What if there was a way to live above the worship labels? This session discusses one church’s journey to finding a unique and diverse multi-generational worship voice. This session will included opportunities for dialogue and interaction. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

From Play to Praise: The Poignant, Powerful Child Voice — Gretchen Harrison
Session attendees will learn engaging ways to encourage participation and development of the child voice. In addition to new techniques, attendees will look at repertoire that builds musicianship and captivate the singer and the audience. A demonstration children’s choir will be part of the experience, schedule permitting. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

What Is So Sacred about Communion? — Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi
This seminar will explore the sacramental nature of communion, including the historical, theological, psycho-social and practical reasons United Methodists have an open table. It will also explore the ways in which church ministries and worship experiences can either create and support the spirit of an open table or belie and hinder it. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

Creating Space for Mutuality in Mission — Amy Valdez Barker
This workshop will focus in on what it means for people to feel accepted, honored and a valued part of communities in a world where racism, paternalism and sexism seems to be the norm. Coming from a theology of mission that is striving to be grounded in mutuality, Rev. Valdez Barker will explore possibilities with participants about creating spaces in worship that allow each member to recognize their value in the sight of God, the Creator of all. She’ll share experiences of worship in different cultures and communities around the world and will work to draw out community knowledge to enrich and enliven each person’s experience. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

Convocation Worship Visuals — Todd Pick
In this seminar Todd will explore his process of planning and execution of the worship visuals for this Convocation 2019: A Place at the Table. A question and answer time will be included. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

Vocal Seminar — Amy Rosine
Do you have questions about your current vocal technique? Do you feel that your voice could use a vocal “check up?” Bring a solo to sing and work on vocal technique with Amy Rosine, Voice Professor from Kansas State University with over 25 years experience teaching voice. We can work on classical or Contemporary Christian Selections. (This session is repeated from 2:00 Wednesday.)

Dance Seminar and Rehearsal Continued — Sheila Beckford
Dancers of all ages, genders, shapes, sizes, and experience levels are welcome to participate in these rehearsals. Modifications can be made to choreography for any physical ability. We will be preparing simple and worshipful moments of movement for the service Wednesday evening and, as time allows, exploring the choreography process so you can implement movement as a part of worship at your home church. (This session will be held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral and is a continuation from the 2:00 seminar timeslot.)

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Choral Reading Session

Thursday, July 18

Morning Prayer and Bible Study (8:30-9:15 a.m.)

Details to come – Donna Coltrane Battle

Morning Plenary (10:15-11:30 a.m.)

The Downtown Welcome Table: a sacramental and subversive response to the Soup Kitchen model of ministry — Brian Combs
Eating his way through the Gospels, Jesus constantly shows up at meal times, puts his terrible table manners on full display, and invites, without flinching, all the wrong people to the banquet. Inextricably linking food with faith, he models Christian commensality, showing in his life and life after death that Church can only happen when we eat together.

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Choral Reading Session

Afternoon Plenary (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

Title TBA — Adam Hamilton

4:15-5:00 p.m.

Seminars at Church of the Resurrection Leawood (Descriptions to come)