Worship leaders can now further their training through three training options offered in partnership between NC Baptists, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), and Fruitland Baptist Bible College.
The training provides worship leaders with the understanding and tools to overcome the bystander role and renew transformative worship among congregations. Designed for worship leaders with little or no formal training, or for experienced leaders looking for a new set of resources, streams include undergraduate and graduate certificates from accredited schools.
Participants will learn how to plan engaging services, prepare worship teams to lead well, select the best songs for worship, plan and implement smooth transitions and more. All tracks begin with a three-day “cult leader boot camp” retreat. The first will be offered in July.
David Lambert, worship pastor at Dillon Road Baptist Church in Jamestown, first went to a worship leader boot camp to help their church choir. A few years later, he attended a second after a drop in the numbers of the choir and the loss of their pianist.
“Not only did it help motivate my choir, but I was also helped spiritually,” he said.
Track options include: a worship leader boot camp, an immersive three-day experience using a newly updated and expanded curriculum; Basic Certificate in Worship Leadership by Fruitland Baptist Bible College; and a graduate worship class, which is part of a graduate certificate in worship ministry through SEBTS.
Terry Rogers, a music director from Chesterfield, SC, had served his church for more than 40 years as a volunteer director.
“I was beginning to feel that I was overwhelmed and that maybe it was time to step back from the ministry, even though I hadn’t felt God’s call to do so. But I felt very inadequate with all the changes in music, technology and resources,” Rogers said. “The Extreme Boot Camp I attended gave me so many resources I could use and allowed me to go back and make the most improvements to my church worship experience that I have had for many years.”
Bryan Fostermusic minister at Faith Baptist Church in the West End, had music experience and knowledge when he started in music ministry in the late 1990s, but said he was “naive as to how worship was supposed to be”.
“Like most, I thought I could just show up on Sunday, grab a hymnal, pick the songs I knew, and go from there. But I always thought there was something more.
He said the program taught him the spiritual aspects of worship preparation and the mechanics of effectively leading and helping others engage “in the true spirit of worship.”
North Carolina Baptist Worship Ministries Strategist Kenny Lamm hopes the training will help leaders take worship “to the next level and experience worship renewal.” He also hopes it will equip more leaders interested in bivocational worship ministry to become available and prepared to serve churches.
“It’s a huge key to revitalizing the local church,” Lamm said.
The training will use the 7th edition of the Worship Leader Manual.
“This revision represents the biggest change yet to stay relevant for worship in churches today,” Lamm said.
Multiple training dates are available at the Caraway Conference Center in Sophia, the Truett Conference Center in Hayesville, and the NC Baptist Assembly in Oak Island. Costs vary by track.
For more information, visit renewalcultenc.org/training. Space is limited. Register here.