The Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) is partnering with international church resource provider Integrity Music, and its worship resource platform WeAreWorship.com, to produce the WeAreWorship Conference at WFX 2017, to be held October 11-12 in Dallas, Texas.
The WeAreWorship Conference will feature in-depth worship team training taught by Integrity Music artists, songwriters and musicians.
Paul Baloche will deliver the opening general keynote address at WFX, titled "Building God's House". He will unpack the scripture found in Chronicles instructing tradesmen, musicians and gatekeepers to work together to build a house for the name of the Lord.
Baloche will discuss how teams can appreciate and understand one another's roles and work together to live this commission out in present day. "Integrity wants to help attendees walk away inspired in their relationship with the Lord and in their desire to serve the local church well," says Baloche.
"I want to encourage everyone involved in producing the worship experienceit's not all about the people on the platform with the instruments," explains Baloche. "It takes everybody."
In addition to his keynote address , Baloche will lead a session titled, "Ministry to The Lord" in which he hopes to help worship leaders regain sight of their first audiencethe Lord.
"I know the heart of Integrity and WeAreWorshipa dedication to leading worship leaders and facilitating worship experiences in churches. We're excited to connect with the attendees at WFXits platform of brilliant people and a high-quality caliber of leaders," says Michael Farren, GRAMMY Award-nominated and ASCAP and Dove Award-winning songwriter, producer, recording artist and worship leader at Gateway Church in Franklin, Tenn.
As a special feature to the WFX Conference & Expo, there will be a Night of Worship Concert at Covenant Church on Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. It will feature Covenant Worship, Paul Baloche, Travis Ryan, Michael Farren, Alisa Turner, Corey Voss, Michael Neale of Prestonwood Baptist Church, and others. WFX attendees will have access to priority seating and reservations for transportation will soon be available on wfxevents.com.
Farren will bring one of the two keynote addresses at the WeAreWorship Conference titled "When Heaven Comes Down". He hopes to encourage leaders and pastors to recapture passion in worship and recognize that songs and technical tools are all gifts we've been given to host holy moments and invite heaven down.
Farren is joined by other Integrity artists, including Travis Ryan, Dove Award-nominated songwriter and recording artist based in Nashville, where he is worship pastor at LifePoint Church, and Paul Baloche, singer, songwriter, worship leader, author and three-time Dove Award-winner.
Farren will also lead five other WeAreWorship Conference sessions with the help of Dustin Smith and Michael King, joined by Integrity artists, Alisa Turner and Corey Voss. Some of the sessions are songwriting intensives and others are designed to help worship leaders key in on the "why" behind their ministry.
The group will explore what it means to "build your dream" in a two-part session titled, "God in the Dream". Farren will talk about honoring God-breathed dreams and visions while managing the pressure to build the dream without feeling paralyzed.
"There will be great insights and practical teaching, but also emphasis on the spiritual implications. What does it mean to be pastoral? There will be a loud call to think about why we do what we do," says Farren.
Travis Ryan will lead five sessions within the WeAreWorship Conference, as well. His topics will include the importance of consistently developing new leaders at all levels of the church, and how the church can and should reclaim and foster creativity.
In his session, "How to Develop Leaders Not Just Followers", Ryan will give attendees practical tips for equipping leaders in the community and church.
"In our culture we get paid to do the job on our ownthat's what the world says. But the Word says to become less so He becomes more; to lift up those around us; to take charge and take leadership of the church," tells Ryan.
Later, in "Release the Hidden Creativity that God has for Your Church"; Ryan will discuss how to rediscover true creativity in ministries as opposed to imitating culture.
"The Church used to be the most creative entity. It's where art and music were curated and commissioned. That has changed in today's culture. We tend to mimic what's happening in the world, instead of leading the trend," Ryan says.
These Integrity artists and musicians will also facilitate worship at the general sessions. The conference will be launched on Wednesday morning with worship led by Paul Baloche in addition to his keynote address. Covenant Worship, the worship band of Covenant Church in Dallas, will close the general session keynote session with worship on Thursday afternoon.
"A lot of times leaders and pastors don't get the chance to just come into the sanctuary and worship, they're busy putting it all together," says Baloche. "This will be a time of refreshing where they're not responsible for anything. They can just come and receive and worship with others."
"The heart and vision behind the Night of Worship is to offer encouragement and refreshment to the people in the trenches, those working hard to make church' happen every day," says Ryan. "There will be cool songs and cool bands, but all that's meaningless if we're not giving people God."
"Those of us that seek to inspire our local congregations week after week, and help them express worship to the Lord, have to stay inspired ourselves. A conference like WFX can really reboot the soul and send you home inspired with fresh vision and excitement," says Baloche. "We can't inspire others if we're not inspired ourselves."
The WeAreWorship Conference at WFX 2017 will be held October 11-12 in Dallas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Wednesday Night of Worship Concert will be held at Covenant Church in Dallas. To learn more about these events and to register, visit www.WFXevents.com.