Defining worship: Annual conference encourages leaders in vital ministry

Praise band musicians lead worship at LIFT! Conference

Pastor Buddy Champion was joking, but his humor hinted at a truth worship leaders know all too well.

“We have people here who think every worship service ought to be the Bill Gaither Hour,” he said. “It’s too loud; it’s too quiet; too much bass; there’s not enough bass.

“We even had a guy the other day complaining about learning new songs. He told the whole Bible study, ‘I hate learning new songs.’ That was me, by the way,” he quipped, bringing laughter from those gathered at First Baptist Church Trussville on Sept. 28 for this year’s LIFT! Defining Worship Conference.

Tools and tips

The annual event organized by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions office of worship resources has the goal of helping leaders get tools and tips for building participation and teamwork when it comes to church worship, while also giving participants an opportunity for personal worship — something they may seldom get to do wholeheartedly because they are so engaged in planning worship for others.

Personal worship is critical for leaders, however.

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