Session Descriptions


 

OASIS 2014

Breakout Session Descriptions


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Accompanist Track
 
Worship Enhancements From the Keyboard: Creative worship ideas for the Church Pianist and Organist
Session Leader:  Mary McDonald
Session Information:
We will examine fresh, creative ideas for contributing to the worship service from the piano and organ including a look at new music for Fall 2014 from major publishers.
 
Purpose, Passion, and Praise!: Tapping the inner core of our calling to ministry through discussion, singing, sharing and laughter
Session Leader:  Mary McDonald
Session Information:  TBA
 
The Organ in Small Churches
Session Leader:  Mr. Mark L. Hopper
Session Information:

As organists, we all struggle with making our beloved instrument relevant to sometimes deaf ears. From educating our congregations to refining our playing technique on small electronic instruments to introducing the instrument to another generation, we’ll discuss how to be good stewards even when we are called to service in less-than-ideal conditions.

 
Organ Service Music Reading Session
Session Leader:  Mr. Mark L. Hopper
Session Information:

Come and enjoy hearing new possibilities to add to your worship music repertoire from a wide range of styles, difficulty levels, and pairings with other instruments. Feel free to bring your favorite titles with publication information to share as well.

 

 

Children’s Choir Track

 
 
Growing Tuneful, Beatful Children with Growing in Grace
Session Leader: Dora Ann Purdy
Be ready to sing and explore melody and rhythm through music, games, and activities that will engage your children. Learn ways to guide children to fully develop their God-given singing voice and build a foundation needed for a lifetime of music making.
 
 
My Favorite Things
Session Leader:  Dora Ann Purdy
Session Information:
Come and have fun with some of my favorite song, games, and activities for teaching music concepts to children of all ages.

 

Orff Instruments

Session Leader:  Ran Whitley
Session Information:
This session will offer an introduction to the Orff process of teaching music to children in the church context. This class is highly active and experiential. Come dressed to move up, down, and around!
 
Pastor Track
 
The Worship Architect: Designing Services For Encountering God
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Comparing the work of a worship leader to that of an architect, this session offers a blueprint for designing worship services through various phases—in any style—all for the purpose of the community encountering God in dialogical worship.

 

Worship Windows: Encountering God Through Song
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Participants will discover the importance of evaluating musical choices for worship that have theological, musical, and lyrical integrity.

 

From Spectator to Participant
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Passive worship can be a problem in worship today regardless of worship style. Learn how to move your congregation from spectators to participants. Discover such things as the difference between “program worship” and “participatory worship”, why participatory worship is so important to all generations of worshipers, and very practical suggestions for improving participation in congregations of any size and style.
 
Rekindle the Gift of God Within You
Session Leader: Jayne Davis
Session Information:
Is the flame of faith burning bright in your spirit? Or is it a smoldering ember covered in soot? 
Come and discover ways to create room for God's Spirit in our lives and in our ministries, and learn a little bit about building a campfire in the process! 
 
Coaching Approach to Ministry
Session Leaders: David Archer and Jayne Davis
Session Information:
Working in church can be frustrating, exasperating, and disappointing. Learn how coaching helps Christians live into their potential as followers of Christ.

Are You Thirsty?
Session Leader: Jayne Davis
Session Information:

In the midst of a Coca-Cola and Starbucks world, Jesus offers us living water.  Together we'll walk through John's account of the woman at the well and drink deeply of the spring of life.

 

Working Together as a Staff Team to Plan Worship That Acknowledges Cultural Themes But is True to the Story Told in the Church Year

Session Leaders:  Dr. Andy Wakefield & Greg Barmer
Session Information: TBA

 

 

Worship Leader Track

  

The Worship Architect: Designing Services For Encountering God
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Comparing the work of a worship leader to that of an architect, this session offers a blueprint for designing worship services through various phases—in any style—all for the purpose of the community encountering God in dialogical worship.

 

Worship Windows: Encountering God Through Song
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Participants will discover the importance of evaluating musical choices for worship that have theological, musical, and lyrical integrity.

 

From Spectator to Participant
Session Leader: Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry
Session Information:
Passive worship can be a problem in worship today regardless of worship style. Learn how to move your congregation from spectators to participants. Discover such things as the difference between “program worship” and “participatory worship”, why participatory worship is so important to all generations of worshipers, and very practical suggestions for improving participation in congregations of any size and style.
 
Rekindle the Gift of God Within You
Session Leader: Jayne Davis
Session Information:
Is the flame of faith burning bright in your spirit? Or is it a smoldering ember covered in soot? 
Come and discover ways to create room for God's Spirit in our lives and in our ministries, and learn a little bit about building a campfire in the process! 

Are You Thirsty?
Session Leader: Jayne Davis
Session Information:

In the midst of a Coca-Cola and Starbucks world, Jesus offers us living water.  Together we'll walk through John's account of the woman at the well and drink deeply of the spring of life.

 

 

Coaching Approach to Ministry
Session Leaders: David Archer and Jayne Davis
Session Information:
Working in church can be frustrating, exasperating, and disappointing. Learn how coaching helps Christians live into their potential as followers of Christ.

 

 

Worship Enhancements From the Keyboard: Creative worship ideas for the Church Pianist and Organist
Session Leader:  Mary McDonald
Session Information: TBA
 
Purpose, Passion, and Praise!
Session Leader:  Mary McDonald
Session Information:
Examining the inner core of our calling into music through discussion, singing, sharing, laughing and prayer, including a look beyond the denominational wall and discovering new ways to be effective worship leaders.
 
Developing and Maintaining an Instrumental Ministry
Session Leader:  Mr. Billy Orton
Session Information:  TBA
 
Planning and Executing Special Worship Programs
Session Leader:  Mr. Billy Orton
Session Information:  TBA

 

Choral Reading Session—For The Smaller Church Choir
Session Leader:  Mike Eller
Session Information:  TBA
 
Handbell Reading Session
Session Leader:  Mr. David Fitzgerald
Session Information:  TBA
 

 

Youth Choir Track

 

Worship Renewal and the Youth Choir

Session Leader: Dr. Larry Dickens

Session Information: 

Students have the passion, creativity, and intuitiveness to lead congregations in transformational worship encounters. Congregations respond more positively to new art forms and mediums when introduced and led by students. These experiences can create a vibrant worship culture and provide new avenues of spiritual formation. This session will include interviews with students, demonstrations, film clips, and examples of creative worship experiences.
 
More than Music: Developing Student Worshipers
Session Leader: Kerrie Clayton
Session Information:
Most people agree that teens are the church of the future, but they are more importantly the church of today! Youth choir is about so much more that music; it’s an important ministry for teaching our young people how to seek God and how to respond in worship.   It can also be an important time to develop their worship leadership gifts. This break-out session will address how can we encourage them to participate in worship in the corporate setting and how can we turn our rehearsals, trips, and concerts into times that spiritually form our students and challenge them to live lives of worship. 
 
In the Beginning: Starting a Youth Choir
Session Leader: Kerrie Clayton
Session Information:
Where do I begin? This session will include practical tips for getting youth involved in music ministry and ideas for beginning a brand new youth choir. We will also talk about why youth choir is important in the first place and how we can nurture it to grow musically and spiritually.