Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Network; Sharpen Your Skills at Conferences

With the new year comes a schedule of conferences that can help equip you to use your artistic talents in ministry. We'll highlight a few here. If you have any others to recommend, please add them in the comment section to this post. Be sure to include a link to the conference.

Worship teams will gather together March 7 via satellite across North America for Integrity’s Worship Summit 2009, a time of worship, teaching and encouragement. The event will feature some of today’s foremost worship artists, including Paul Baloche, Brian Doerksen, Lincoln Brewster, Ross Parsley, Kathryn Scott and others.

For information on how to attend in person in Miami, or by simulcast at a church near you, go to http://www.worshipsummit.com/

Received this note from Florida Christian Writers Conference Director Billie Wilson:

"Registration for the ’09 is well underway but we have a DELUGE of applicants needing scholarship help. These troubled times present a wonderful opportunity to highlight the message of Jesus to a frightened, hurting and disillusioned population. Many avenues are open and will be open to believers with a desire to be Him here and now.

I believe that the Christian writing community can seize the moment through articles, books, cards, online blogs and websites. Join me in making sure that every writer needing a scholarship can attend the conference – we do not know the impact of the inspired message in the heart and mind of an aspiring author."

Masterworks' own Torry Martin will be presenting at the conference which, in its 22nd year, moves to a new location near Leesburg, FL Feb. 26-March 1. Keynote speakers will be Davis Bunn, Dr. Calvin Millerand Cec Murphey. Attendees have opportunities to have their work reviewed personally by top agents and publishers. I attended this conference a few years ago and found it invaluable. If you can make it possible for someone to attend, please contact Billie at billiewilson@cfl.rr.com

The Christian Leadership Alliance "Path of Integrity" conference will be held April 20-22 in Atlanta. Chip Ingram, Ellie Lofaro, Babbie Mason and Gordon McDonald are among the presenters. For information go to http://www.christianleadershipalliance.com/conference/2009/

The Christians in Theatre Arts Conference (CITA) is shaping up for June 15-21 in Orlando,FL and offers contests for sketches, plays and a chance to be involved in a service projects for local ministries. I don't get to go every year, but when I do, it's always life changing. Information at http://www.cita.org/


Anonymous said...

The National Religious Broadcasters convention is Feb. 7-10 in Nashville. http://www.nrbconvention.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=9339

Anonymous said...

Chris Tomlin sent an email about opportunities for worship leaders attending his Hello Love Tour concert:
We are offering a unique opportunity for all members of Frequency. I will gather with Frequency members to share insights about leading worship. The FREQUENCY GATHERINGS will be held on each Saturday of the tour and will be for those who have a ticket to the concert later that day.

Frequency Gatherings:
January 24-1st Mariner Arena- Baltimore, MD - 5:15pm Frequency Gathering
January 31- Alliant Energy Center- Madison, WI - 5:45pm Frequency Gathering
February 21 - Nokia Theatre - Dallas, TX - 6:15pm Frequency Gathering
February 28 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA - 5:45pm Frequency Gathering
March 7 - Rolling Hills Community Church - Tualatin Portland, OR - 5:15pm Frequency Gathering
March 28 - Sears Center - Chicago (Hoffman Estates), IL - 5:45pm Frequency Gathering
April 4 - Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL - 5:15pm Frequency Gathering

For more information about this and other training available from Chrs, email him at info@fqworship.com.

Daily Inspiration

The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

Lifeway: http://www.lifeway.com/article/?id=169816

Guideposts: http://www.guideposts.com/story/sandra-bullock-blind-side-football?page=0,1

Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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