It’s been over a week, but I’m still enjoying the rich time we had at WorshipGod17 MidWest. The conference was called
There are always a few things that stand out to me after a conference. Here’s this year’s list.
Life, Not Production
Because this year’s conference fell in the midst of a few other events (live recording, a trip to Mexico, our daughter’s wedding), it felt less like a “production” and more like just a part of our lives. We were sharing with 450 people what we always do: sing God’s praise together, listen to God’s word being preached, share meals, rehearse, make mistakes, pray together, laugh at ourselves, and marvel at the joy of being among those for whom Christ died. I realized that the more we make conferences like a production, the less it feels like what we return home to.
Giving Stuff Away
Giveaways are a fixture at WorshipGod conferences and this one was no exception. Giving books, CDs, and gear away reminds us of the gospel:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9).
But this year’s giveaways were kicked up a few notches due to the addition of Josh Scott, whom I met through a mutual friend. Josh heads up
The “big giveaway” was a Fender Jazzmaster Pro electric guitar. People could submit their own name or nominate someone else at the conference to win the guitar, telling us why they deserved it in 50 words or less. There were a number of great entries, but the winner was nominated by his wife. She honored him for using his music not only to teach, but to share the gospel in schools, taverns, and restaurants. Right before they arrived at the conference, he described that guitar to his wife and said it was his “dream guitar.” She called herself the “dream killer” because she keeps track of their finances and is always the realist. God is full of surprises and always better than we think he is.
Tuesday, two days before the conference, we recorded a live album, Prayers of the Saints. We introduced three of those songs at the conference and they seemed to resonate with people. I can’t wait for you to hear them.
It was a joy to “introduce” Adam Wright and Caroline Cobb to the conference. I hadn’t spent a ton of time with either of them before the conference, but was very familiar with their music. Adam has been setting ESV Psalms verbatim to some great music, and Caroline is a mom and songwriter from Texas who has been writing songs that dig deep into the story of redemption. Both were a great add to the conference.
As always, the main sessions themselves were a highlight. Here’s a rundown of what took place, with links to songs and messages.
MAIN SESSION 1
Conference Band, Led by Bob & Devon Kauflin
Call to Worship: Psalm 67 (multilingual)
When We See Your Face [
SERMON: Orthodox & On Fire • Rick Gamache (
MAIN SESSION 2
MAIN SESSION 3
MAIN SESSION 4
Bilingual Band led by Bob Kauflin and Karl Sauter
Call to Worship: Revelation 7:9-10
Scripture Reading (bilingual): Psalm 130
MAIN SESSION 5
SERMON: Already & Anticipating • C.J. Mahaney (
When We See Your Face [
I’m grateful to God for all he did at WorshipGod this year. But I’m already anticipating next year’s conference in Frisco, TX, July 25-28. Mark your calendar!