GROUP TICKET PRICE (5 or more)$18
INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICE$25
///\ 2019 SCHEDULE
08:00am // Doors open
09:00am // Plenary Session 1
10:10am // Workshop Session 1
11:10am // Workshop Session 2
Noon // Lunch
1pm // Plenary Session 2
2pm // Workshop Session 3
3pm // Closing Session
///\ 2019 BREAKOUTS
Theology of Worship: A Matter of Life and DeathIn this workshop we’ll be examining the overarching story of the Bible and why worship in the local church is so vital to the life of the Christ-follower. Our hope is to take a fresh look at what it means to worship as a local church week in and week out, as well as what worship actually does to us while we do it.
Presenter: Matt Wilhelm
Service PlanningService planning is something that we do week in and week out, but getting your congregation to engage weekly can grow monotonous and tiring. In this workshop we’ll walk through some tips and tricks in service planning, how to keep things fresh, and how engage your congregation’s hearts and minds.
Presenter Bio: Matt Wilhelm is Pastor of Worship Arts and College-Age Ministries at Woodlands Church in Plover, WI. After studying Biblical Studies and Classical Guitar at Trinity Intl. University, Matt served as a worship arts intern at Blackhawk Church in Madison, WI for a year and started at Woodlands Church in 2012. As one of the co-founders of the Wisconsin Worship Summit, Matt has a passion for developing leaders and seeing worship ministries at local churches grow. He and his wife Jami have been married for four years and have a daughter. REGISTER NOW
Managing Your VolunteersVolunteers are the lifeblood of ministry. To minister faithfully and effectively we must be best volunteer managers that we can possibly be. So what does that look like? How do we set up our volunteers to succeed? How do we have tough conversations with our volunteers when necessary? We’ll aim to tackle these questions and more in our Volunteer Management seminar.
Presenter: Steve Berg
Presenter Bio: Steve has been on staff at Woodlands for 9 years. He currently serves as a Worship Arts Pastor. He and Steph have been married coming up on 9 years and have three kids; Levi (6), Norah (5), and Ivy (2). Steve's main passion is people. He loves investing in seeing people move towards wholeness in their pursuit of Jesus.REGISTER NOW
The Rehearsal Before the Rehearsal: How to prepare for and run an effective rehearsal In this workshop, we’ll go over some practical systems and processes that will help you plan and run an effective rehearsal in a repeatable way so that you not only prepare the worship music but begin to build a worship culture. No matter if you have a standing mid-week rehearsal or bring it all together on Sunday morning I think you’ll be helped by what I’ve learned over the years - mostly through major trial and error.
Presenter: Ben Hacker
Presenter Bio: Ben currently serves as the interim director of worship for the Vine Church in Madison until he co-plants Eastside Church, Lord willing, in the spring of 2019. Most recently Ben served as the worship pastor at Door Creek Church in Madison. Ben began leading worship while in college and has developed a passion for shepherding the people of God gathered in worship as he leads them in music. His deep desire to see the Church truly encounter God fuels his passion to see worship leaders raised up and resourced in Wisconsin and around the world. Ben has been married for 12 years to his wife, Nicky, and they have four children—Quinn, Norah, Graham, and Avery.REGISTER NOW
High Impact Services With a Small TeamWe’ve all been guilty of thinking “if I only had more musicians/a bigger budget/a permanent facility/better equipment/” THEN we would have better worship services. But what if the impact of your worship service wasn’t dependent on the size of your team or budget? In this workshop we'll discuss how to use the tools you already have in order to plan and execute high impact worship services.
Presenter: Scott Holthaus
Acoustic Guitar In WorshipIn this workshop we will discuss the keys to acoustic guitar in worship music, common mistakes acoustic guitar players make, and ways to make immediate improvements in your guitar playing
Presenter Bio: Scott has been leading worship for the past 14 years and has served in a variety of settings from church plants to mega-churches. His experience has helped cultivate a passion to see high impact worship services in churches regardless of their size. Currently he serves as worship pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Madison, WI where he lives with his wife of 12 years, Becky, and their three kids - Cohen, Macie, & Evvie.REGISTER NOW
Zac Hicks Q+AThis breakout will provide the opportunity to dig deeper on the topics and themes Zac talks about in the main sessions as well as pick his brain about anything else related to discipleship and leadership within worship arts communities.
Planning Center Round TableThere are only so many hours in the day, and you need each and every one of them to spend on the things that count. Administration is fun for some of us, but definitely not for others. In this round table session we'll take a look at the most popular and industry standard service planners, Planning Center Online. We'll take a brief look at other service schedulers, and we'll talk through the ins and outs of scheduling, general administration, song resources, and the top secrets that will help you be a pro at using Planning Center Online.
Presenter: Aaron Sowma
Media Presentation Round TableAre you in charge of making the slides for your services? Are you constantly trying to figure out what resources will help you create the best looking slides in the least amount of time? Do you just need help figuring out what colors or designs actually look good? In this round table session we will look at current presentation software offerings, quick comparison/contrast, and the top 20 trade secrets for creating great slides/presentations whether you have a big or small budget! I'll also be putting together a packet that you can take home filled with tons of resources you can use to jump start great slides for your services!
Presenter Bio: Aaron Sowma currently lives in the heart of Wisconsin, Wautoma, where he serves as the Director of Worship & Arts. He spent 8 years in South Korea where God lead him to help plant 3RD WAVE Ministry, 3RD WAVE Music, the IGNITE Missions Conference in Seoul, as well as reach the youth for Christ through teaching English. Aaron and his family moved back into the US in 2015 where he served as the Director of Worship and Arts for a church in Federal Way, WA before returning to the midwest. Aaron is also a singer/songwriter, musical theater actor, and avid movie enthusiast. He has a crazy awesome wife, Dahye, and three little mixed babies Elijah, Grace, and Daniel.REGISTER NOW
Live Audio BasicsThis beginner level session will cover the basics of audio in a worship context. This session will teach you how to setup a sound system, run a sound check, and build a mix.
Presenter: Ben Wilhelm
Using Technology to Enhance Your ServicesThis session will cover a wide range of topics, offering specific ideas about how to use technology to take your services to the next level!
Presenter Bio: Presenter Information: Ben is employed at Antigo High School as a Technology Support Specialist, with a mix of IT and AV responsibilities including managing a 600 seat performing arts venue. Ben has been involved with technology in churches for 20+ years, helping congregations from 50-2500. Ben is currently managing technology at Antigo Community Church. Additionally, Ben has background as a church elder, worship leader, and youth leader. Ben resides in Antigo Wisconsin with his wife of 12 years, Melissa, and his 6 year old son Maxwell. REGISTER NOW
Tech Arts Roundtable DiscussionBring all your technical arts questions covering all disciplines and ranging from basic to advanced, and technical to interpersonal!
Presenters: Ben Wilhelm
Music Theory 101Come to this workshop to gain a better foundation for your craft. This workshop will walk through some of the basics of music theory in worship music and how to apply it.
Presenter: Tina Nelson
Presenter Bio: Tina Nelson has been serving in the worship world for more than 20 years. As a timid senior in high school, she first played her viola on worship team, and, much to her surprise, survived the experience! Tina attended UW-Stevens Point for Music Education and has been teaching private piano, violin and viola lessons ever since. On a Sunday morning you might find her singing, playing piano or violin, or sometimes all three. A teacher at heart, Tina has been involved in worship training courses, coaching 7-12th grade students in music theory, vocals, strings, and keys. Playing viola in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra is one of Tina’s favorite musical pastimes outside of church. She is married to a wonderful guy and homeschools her three teenage kids.REGISTER NOW
Keys in WorshipThis workshop will focus on the tips and tricks of playing keys in your worship set, as well as on gear for your set up.
Presenter: Devon Schobert
Presenter Bio: Coming SoonREGISTER NOW
Vocals in WorshipIn this workshop we’ll focus on the basics of what it means to be a better vocalist in the realm of breath support, carrying melody, harmonies, and how to warm up your voice for those early services.
Presenter: Christine Her
Presenter Bio: Christine is a soprano who is passionate about teaching music and serving in the church. For many years, she was an active worship leader in the Hmong church and is still very active in the Hmong Christian community. She has been attending Woodlands Church since Winter 2016 participating in the Worship ministry and taking on the role as a vocal coach for Worship University. Christine graduated with a General and Choral Music Education degree from UW-Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 2016. Currently, she is the music teacher at Stettin and Maine Elementary School in Wausau, Wisconsin. Christine was a part of UWSP’s Opera Workshop in 2015 as Witch #1 in Dido and Aeneas, sung in the chorus for Trial by Jury, and in 2016 as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. REGISTER NOW
Self Care and SabbathDavid is passionate about living life and doing ministry in a sustainable way. In this workshop you’ll learn practical tips on how to have a sustainable, healthy, long-term ministry that prioritizes family and Sabbath.
Presenter: David Hansen
Working With Your Senior PastorIf you're a worship leader or worship pastor, you're probably working in some capacity with your senior pastor to plan Sunday services. Yet, so often it seems that worship leaders/pastors and senior pastors seem to be operating on different pages. In this workshop you'll hear from executive pastor David Hansen about how to have a healthy and respectful working relationship with your senior pastor.
Bio: David is currently the Executive Pastor at Woodlands Church in Plover, WI. David has been married to his wife Laurie for 30 years. Their daughter Jana and her husband Nate have a son, Henry. Their son Tyler is a senior high youth pastor at Willow Creek’s Wheaton campus and a full-time seminary student. Prior to coming on staff at Woodlands, he served as an elder for 12 years; he has also been part of the small group leadership team for 20 years. He and his wife Laurie have been leading small groups for the past 26 years, and they were also coaches in the small group ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL prior to moving to Stevens Point in 1996. David’s professional career included leading the transportation business for AECOM in the Midwest Region. He was responsible for 19 offices in 8 states with annual revenues of $65M. AECOM is the largest engineering firm in the world and the leading provider of engineering services to clients in the Midwest. REGISTER NOW
Electric Guitar ToneLearn how to effectively use different effects, guitars, and amps to create an inviting and engaging atmosphere in worship. We’ll explore a wide variety of equipment and techniques to improve your guitar tone and playing style.REGISTER NOW
Electric Guitar TechniqueThere is a style to playing worship music. Learn how to write parts using scales and chord shapes to fit within worship songs, and how to play as a part of a larger worship band.REGISTER NOW
A “How-To” on Multi-Tracks/Backing TracksBacking tracks and click tracks add a whole new dimension and polish to the sound of your band. Learn how to find the balance of back tracks vs. live instruments, and how to implement them properly into your worship style and culture!
Presenter: Brady Lee
Presenter Bio: Born in San Diego, CA, Brady has worked with multiple Grammy and Dove award winning artists such as Vertical Worship, Paul Baloche, and other integrity music artists. He has released two albums and currently serves on staff at Spring Lake Church in Green Bay as the worship director. He has worked in a number of different genres, including Worship, Jazz, Rock, and Electronica. His passion is for creating new music that glorifies God, builds up the local church, and reaches people for Christ.REGISTER NOW
SongwritingIn this workshop we’ll talk through why songwriting matters and some ways to do it for your church.
Presenter: Jordan Brown
Presenter Bio: Jordan Brown is a musician who has been performing and songwriting professionally since 2010. With a heart for people and the local church, Jordan got into ministry in his hometown of Miami, FL with various churches in 2012 and is currently the Worship Pastor at Heritage Church Libertyville, IL. With a heart for musical excellence and creativity, Jordan studied for 3 years in Jazz Voice and Guitar at Miami Dade College, transferring to the acclaimed Frost School of Music at University of Miami on a full-scholarship for songwriting and attained his Music Business Degree as well as a Songwriting Minor. Jordan has always had a heart for songwriting in the Church and is a big advocate for other local churches, big and small to dive into the treasures of writing and having songs written for their congregation. He has been the Executive and Music Producer for Miami Christ Fellowship’s “You Remain” as well as the writer and Music Producer for Heritage Church’s singles “Long Awaited One” and “He Lives Again (Hallelujah)” which can be found on all music platforms, including Multitracks.com. Jordan is the co-founder of “Soul Thief Society,” an artist collective that seeks artists who create content that challenge both the Church and society on generational issues. Follow him and his projects at www.jordanbrownmusic.com. REGISTER NOW
From the Volunteer PerspectiveOften as worship pastors and leaders we don’t put ourselves in the shoes of our volunteers and what they see and hear week in and week out. In this workshop you’ll hear tips on how to lead your volunteers from two volunteers who have been committed to serving the local church through worship arts for a combined 40+ years.
Presenters: Tina Nelson and Steve Van ArkREGISTER NOW
Enneagram 101The Enneagram is far more than just another personality test, but is instead a lens through which to understand the mystery of the human personality. Come here to learn more about this incredibly valuable tool and how it can help your ministry be healthier and, more than that, help you deepen your walk with God.
Presenters: Whitney Swenson and Lindsey Nelson