When you’re involved in acapella congregational worship, something profound happens.
Maybe you’ve noticed it, the thing that makes acapella worship services great.
Good sound is nice, yes. Pretty voices are a plus, and the latest and greatest worship anthems are all wonderful. None of these, however, are the clincher for truly great worship.
Do you know what the secret is? If not, your praise gatherings are missing out.
Enter Keith Lancaster’s Praise & Harmony Workshops. Drawing on nearly 40 years of worship ministry experience, Keith believes that, whether you describe your Sunday morning worship as uninspiring or engaging, you can have more energy, better flow, more songs, more connection, more music competency, more emotional variety, and fresh arrangements of the classics by incorporating just a few, simple techniques that revolve around one goal: 100% participation.
That’s it. That’s the secret. Consummate praise is not achieved by execution so much as inclusion. We see this principle in scripture passages like Ephesians 5:19: “Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” In fact, God Himself sings over us (Zephaniah 3:17), calling us to join the song of the universe.
Here’s the problem: 100% participation doesn’t always happen. In fact, it rarely ever happens, growing more infrequent each year. Each day, our consumer culture instills in us a craving for passive, vicarious, spectator experiences.  Whether in television, concerts, movies, or sporting events, we look for exciting multimedia spectacle with little investment. Of course, this is fine for entertainment, but when we bring such a mentality to our congregations, we assault the integrity of our worship together. God has invited everyone to join His choir, regardless of vocal ability, and we shortchange both our congregations and our Lord when we don’t do everything we can to muster every member to praise.
So, what’s the solution? We need to structure our assemblies around principles that get everyone to take part.
But how do I know what the principles are? Where can I find strategies to put these principles into action?
Praise & Harmony Workshops will equip you with the tools and know-how you can use to leverage “worship inertia” and inspire total participation.
The primary workshop takes place on Saturday from 10am-noon. Keith will seat the participants in sections, determined by voice part. The more participation you muster, the more long-term benefit for your congregation’s future.
A combined Sunday Bible Class then follows the next day. We request that all adult, college and teen Sunday School classes combine for this hybrid class and discussion forum.
So, are you ready to give your best, most inclusive worship ever? To take back your praise gatherings from the tyranny of spectator mindset? To unite your congregation like never before?
Begin your journey with the Praise & Harmony Workshop on Saturday, September 10 from 10am-noon and Sunday, September 11.
Something profound is about to happen at your congregation.


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