By Aaron Petre, worship and youth pastor, 22nd Street Baptist Church, Tucson –
The Tucson Worship Conference was held in Tucson, March 2-3. This was the fifth year for the conference, which was held at Pantano Christian Church.
The conference focuses on worship teams from local churches. Anyone who has a hand in the weekly church worship service is encouraged to attend: instrumentalists, vocalists, technologists, and drama.
One goal of the Tucson Worship Conference is to keep the cost down so the whole team can attend together. The Cooperative Program giving of Arizona Southern Baptist churches helps make sure this is possible by financial support of the conference.
Another goal is that worshipers gain knowledge and tools that they can immediately implement at their churches to enhance the worship experience and share the Good News more effectively.
This year’s attendance was over 350 with more than 35 southern Arizona churches sending team members. As for the format of the conference, Friday starts with a main session of worship and teaching followed by two breakout sessions. Saturday begins and ends with a main session, between which are two breakout sessions, lunch, and a team discussion time. This year Austin Ryan from Worship Catalyst was the main speaker.
The breakout sessions consisted of more than 20 classes to chose from. These classes were broken into four areas: Leadership Development, Spiritual Development, Music/Tech Development, and Instrumental Development. Each attendee was able to attend four classes of their choosing.
The reception by the attendees was outstanding. “We loved it and hope to do it again next year” and “Our team had a wonderful experience” were a few of the great comments that were received in the conference surveys.
The churches in and around Tucson are grateful for the help of the Cooperative Program and the partnership with Worship Catalyst to make this event possible.