Contemporary Music in Lutheran Worship: Worship in a new key

Chris Clay
January 29, 2:00 pm

Best practices for developing a meaningful contemporary/post-modern worship experience and developing and leading a worship band.

Chris Clay
Communications and Technology Director and Worship Leader
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN



How to Commission New Works for Your Parish: It’s easier than you think!

Scott Hyslop
February 26, 2:00 pm

Whether you are looking for a special way to commemorate a milestone event in the life of your congregation, or if you would like to have your congregation become a regular patron of the arts, Scott Hyslop will demonstrate that it is easier than you might think!

Scott Hyslop
Director of Parish Music
St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI
Adjunct member of the music faculty
Saginaw Valley University, Saginaw, MI



Don’t Dumb it Down for Children (or Adults)

Rae Ann Anderson
March 26, 2:00 pm

Yes, children can be sweet, and cute, and innocent, and naïve, but that does not mean they should be limited in what they can be taught! Children (and adults) are limited in what they can learn only by the limitations of our ability to teach them. From our preparation as leaders; to what is expected from our singers; to the quality of the materials we select; and ultimately to the final presentation we must offer the best we are able. This does not necessarily translate into the most complicated or technically difficult. We are ultimately called to set our singers up to succeed. The goal of this webinar is to discover, or be reminded of, tools and technique to help children be the best they can be and create the quality musical offering they deserve to experience. In the end, this is the same for ensembles of any age!

Rae Ann Anderson
Director of Music
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Glenside, PA



Music Ministry Leadership to/for/with Church Membership

Kurt Berentsen
April 23, 2:00 pm  

This webinar will address leadership skills designed to humbly and effectively serve God and God’s people. The presentation will seek to demonstrate how in modeling a leadership style based on Christ’s example of servanthood, the finest musical gifts offered in presentation to God’s glory alone are truly blessed for God’s purposes. Through the Holy Spirit, musical offerings or voluntaries become a blessing for those listening in worship. The webinar will also address how music ensembles may also effectively serve as a small – group ministry designed FOR the ensemble members through their study of Scripture, Prayer, and Fellowship.

Kurt Berentsen
Music Ministry Director, Zion Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon
Emeritus Professor of Music, Concordia University – Portland
Emeritus Commissioned Minister, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod



Michael Hawn
Congregational Song for the Post-Covid Church: Singing love of neighbor
May 21, 2:00 pm

Though the synoptic gospels all include the twin commandments to “love God and love one’s neighbor” (Matthew 22:34-46; Mark 12:30-31; Luke  10:27), the church, in general, has found it more convenient to sing its love of God and more difficult to sing our love of neighbor. In a related question, Christ asked, “Who is my mother? Who is my brother?” (Matthew 12:48; Mark 3:33). These rhetorical questions are neither simple nor their implications easy. We church musicians have some serious work to do if our liturgy is to speak truth and love to a suffering and skeptical world. This webinar explores what it means to sing a balanced theology of love–with a focus on neighborly love–in a post-Covid world that will need to hear this message.

Michael Hawn
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Director of the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree program
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX