Pastor Phillip Reynolds has seen firsthand how transforming worship can transform a church. With his congregation at First Baptist Church of Hickory divided over worship styles and uncertain about the future direction of the church, Reynolds reached out to Kenny Lamm, senior worship consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).
“One of our staff pastors had attended the regional Worship Leader Boot Camp conducted right here at our church,” Reynolds said. “Acting as host of the event, this staff pastor had participated in the boot camp and knew it was just what we needed as a church body.”
In early 2015, Lamm began meeting with First Baptist Hickory’s leadership team. A few months later, he led about 200 members of the congregation through some of the same material that’s presented in one of Lamm’s Worship Leader Boot Camps.
“That is the evening that got us to where we thought we were to where God wanted us to be,” Reynolds said.
Lamm hopes that other congregations can see God move in a similar way in churches across the state following the next Worship Leader Boot Camp, scheduled for Aug. 26-27 at Peninsula Baptist Church in Mooresville, just outside of Charlotte. The event is designed to equip worship leaders and pastors with a biblical foundation for worship, while providing practical tools and resources for churches to experience worship renewal.
“When people leave our worship experiences, we don’t want them talking about the great music or the great worship team,” Lamm said. “We want them talking about how they had a transforming encounter with the God of this universe.”
In addition to the teaching and training sessions, the boot camp includes times of worship for attendees throughout the weekend. The boot camp explores a variety of issues that impact corporate worship today and offers practical, hands-on training. All attendees at the August boot camp will receive a revised edition of Lamm’s worship leader handbook, which includes updated resources and access to other exclusive content.
Lamm said the boot camp will emphasize moving congregations from passive spectators to active participants in worship and seeking God’s direction for worship approaches and practices in one’s specific local church context.
“It’s a great time to dream God-sized visions for your worship ministry,” Lamm said.
Early-bird registration for the event is available through Aug. 8 at a cost of $25 per person. After Aug. 8, the registration fee increases to $30. Walk-up registration on the day of the event is $40. More information about the boot camp, including online registration, is available at worshipmooresville.org.
Reynolds said the instruction and training offered at Worship Leader Boot Camp is valuable for worship leaders and pastors.
“We are very thankful to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina or making this available to churches,” Reynolds said. “It has been an exciting experience for our church.”
Want to go?
- What: Worship Leader Boot Camp
- When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27
- Where: Peninsula Baptist Church, Mooresville
- Cost: $25 per person through Aug. 8. $30 after Aug. 8. $40 at the door.
- Info: worshipmooresville.org