LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Sixty students from Kentucky and several other states gathered on the campuses of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College this week for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s first student worship camp.
The camp was motivated by the understanding that worship music has changed dramatically in recent years – with guitars, drums and keyboards replacing the traditional organ and choir in many churches.
“As this landscape changed, we needed a way to help our churches make this transition,” said Jason “Bubba” Stewart, KBC Worship and Music Consultant.
Stewart said churches will increasingly need the help of young people.
“We are going to invest in these students,” Stewart said. “I hope they will be better musicians when they leave this week, and that they can go right back to their churches and connect to their ministries and be leaders, which is what we desperately need right now.”
For a week, the students were immersed in the world of worship – learning to improve their vocal and instrumental skills.
“Students are passionate, they’re excited to learn a new skill, they’re excited to pick up a new instrument,” said camp coordinator Matthew Bone, who is also a worship pastor at First Baptist Church in Pikeville.
“As a worship pastor, there is no greater opportunity than sending a student to spend a week developing a skill they are passionate about with the goal of coming back and plugging in as they already do in the world. local church,” he said. said.
Students were able to hone not only their musical skills. There was also a learning track for the technical side of worship – audio and video.
“Our technicians have become just as important as the guitarist or pianist on stage,” Stewart said. “Without the tech in the back making sure everything is running smoothly, you’re going to have a dysfunctional service.”
Averie Popp, 14, learned to manage an audio card to help her church – Cedar Grove Baptist at Stamping Ground.
“I volunteered to help on the back board because there were only a few people to do it,” she said. “They only had two people in rotation, and two people run it by themselves, it’s very difficult and difficult. So me and two of my other friends volunteered to help.
Popp said the camp was a great experience and she plans to pass on what she learned to her friends.
“I appreciate all of this, really. I think it’s really cool to learn new things about it.
The training also extended to the theology of worship – how God is worthy of worship.
“It’s really – it’s not a music clinic. It’s not just private lessons. This is a gospel-led, Bible-based camp in the world of Bible worship,” Bone said. “Our goal is for students to understand the scope of what the Bible teaches about who they are, what they were created to do, and what their Kingdom mission is.”
The camp attracted students from 40 churches. This is another example of the power of the cooperative program.
“Without the co-op program, there would be no way for us to have the funds in place to host this event. We’re just so grateful for what the co-op program does for us,” Stewart said.
“The financial contribution made this camp possible,” added Bone. “We rely heavily on Baptist cooperative funds. We are heavily dependent on Kentucky Baptist churches to send their students to partner with us as leaders.
Averie said camp helped her gain confidence — not just to operate an audio card — but ultimately to help lead worship on stage.
“I don’t need to sing perfect notes. I just need Jesus, really, and I just wish everyone could see how important he is and how he changes everything,” she said.
Stewart said there are plans to make Kentucky Student Worship Camp an annual event.
“My dream is for 10 years from now, to meet a worship leader who says to me, ‘Hey Bubba. I was at the very first student worship camp in Kentucky. I want to thank you for investing in my life. And now I am able to serve the kingdom with the talent that God has blessed me with.’ »