Equip partners with the EMU Music to provide seminars and conferences to encourage Gospel-centred worship in churches and to discover what it is to be passionate, being driven by the Word in their response to Jesus - firstly in song, but ultimately in their lives.

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Word in Song Conference

Do you hunger for gatherings that express the truths of the Word of God with passion, excellence, and integrity? Do you long for the music in your church to live up to its promise of uniting the congregation, as one voice, in declaring the praises of God? Do you want to learn practical skills in music and song leading so that you can serve your local church effectively?
 
Program
 

9am Registration

9:25am-10.30am Main Session

10.30am Break (Morning Tea)

11am Church Music Masterclass

12.15pm Lunch (Provided)

1.15pm Seminar 1 (choose from electives)

2.30pm Seminar 2 (choose from electives)

3.45pm Final Session

4.00pm Finish

 
 

Speakers

Philip Percival // Executive Director, Music Minister

Philip heads up our day to day operations in Australia and the UK. He juggles this with his role as Music Director at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, UK. Philip is passionate about seeing Church musicians trained well and teaches the Bible and practical skills at conferences and seminars around the world. He is the author of Then Sings My Soul, a book about Biblical music ministry for every Christian. He also writes songs, and is perhaps best known for We Are His People and the music for Consider Christ and Never Alone. Philip studied music at Sydney University, theology at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and has a Masters degree from Oxford University.
 

Alanna Glover // Music Minister, Word in Song Conferences & Training Director

Alanna has been a part of the Emu family for many years, most notably as a singer on many of our albums. Previously a church music director in Sydney and member of the band Garage Hymnal, she now lives in Oxford (mainly for the climate and coffee) where she is working full time for Emu and St Ebbe's Church. She has a Bachelor of Theology from Sydney Missionary Bible College and a Music Degree from Sydney University. Alanna is developing our new Word In Song online course as well as songwriting, graphic design and managing a bunch of other day to day operations.

 

Liv Chapman // Music Minister, Project Manager

Liv has been writing and singing for Emu over the past few years and has now joined the team in Oxford. She continues to be involved with the albums, the Word In Song UK team, as well as developing our new music and training project for young Christians. 

 

Rich Fenton //

Rich has been involved in music his whole career. He is currently Head of Sound, AV and Broadcast for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; before this, he was an Audio supervisor for the Sydney Opera House. He has served in church music his whole life, most notably as a founding member, guitarist, engineer and producer of Garage Hymnal. Rich has developed audio training programs for churches, the Sydney Opera House and offers both an industry professional approach as well as knowing the needs of the local church. He now lives in Singapore with his wife Amy.

 

Workshop Electives

Song Leading

Many consider the song leader to be the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will look at the Biblical basis for having a song leader, but will aim to spend most of our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well - including mic technique, what to say, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go! 

Piano for Church

For many churches the piano is the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But often we lack the skills to turn years of lessons and exams into playing in a helpful style for church leading. We'll look at contemporary keyboard techniques and discuss how and when to leave the score behind! We'll also discuss the differences between playing on your own and in a band.

Leading from Guitar

This session will continue to look at how the guitar can most effectively be used in a church band - with simple techniques for rhythm and lead playing. But we'll also look at how to lead singing when it is just you and your instrument - whether it be in church, kid's groups, camps or wherever.

Song Writing
What makes a good congregational song? We'll explore how to write lyrics that are true, poetic and relevant; and what musical issues are important in writing a corporate song. If you would like feedback on a song, please bring one along (including lyric and chord chart).

Bass & Drums
What does it take to create a solid foundation to a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the 'engine room' of any church band. From a bassist’s point of view, we will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. Bring your sticks and bass!

Song Selection

Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is a bit of a lost art. There is so much to consider when picking songs week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep it all in mind! In this workshop we will think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church service and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week.

The Ministry of Sound (Sound Desk)

The single most important tools of the musician and sound operator are their ears. This session is about training your ears, and the practical implications of the church being called to hear God’s word: spoken and sung. We will consider volume, balance, the critical mass of a space, how we play for different sized congregations, how to self-mix, ambient sound, and the complexity of relationships between musicians, sound guys and congregation.

Leading A Music Team

Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of the music director, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, how to partner with the pastor, as well thinking about your own personal holiness and development.

Drums & Bass
What does it take to create a solid foundation to a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the 'engine room' of any church band. From a drummer’s point of view, we will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. Bring your sticks and bass!

 

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A Night In With Emu Concert (8:00pm - 9:30pm)

An intimate evening of live music and singing for the whole church, including classic and brand new songs! Hear a collection of songs played by Emu's songwriters and the stories of how and why they came to be. Along the way, hear about the songwriting process, how the bible feeds into our songs, and why we sing in church.

 

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