Cardiff Music Ministry Conference

23 May

CMMCLast Saturday myself and a few chaps from my church made the trip up the M4 to Cardiff to attend the Cardiff Music Ministry Conference.

Music Ministry is an organisation that seeks to assist local churches in teaching musicians both theologically and practically to be more effective in the local church. They also want pastors to be taking seriously the task of using music in their churches to teach and equip their people. The one verse to control them all is found in Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms,hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

The conference was fantastic. While numbers were low, Jonathan Steven’s sessions on why we sing and what we sing were brilliant, broad strokes of the place of singing in worship and the life of the church. More than this the conference offered an opportunity for all those involved in music in their church to attend tailor-made seminars. From guitarists to sound techs, service planners to singers, everyone was able leave both theologically encouraged and practically equipped.

It’s my prayer that future incarnations of this event will reach a wider audience because it’s so important that the caricature of churches having either ‘good teaching’ or ‘good music’ be put to bed.

As soon as the audio from the main sessions becomes available I’ll post a link.

In the mean time, please make do with some notes on playing guitar in a church setting. I can give these piecemeal over the coming week because I led the seminar in the conference. I hope you find them helpful

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