Jonathan Blackmon and Bert VanderMark explain the reason for the “Worship Heart & Art Seminar:” they want such for themselves … and for all followers of Jesus. Even for longtime Christians, experiences that are called “worship” … may not be. Jesus Himself pointed out that “…these people worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
While this St. Louis/Missouri Baptist University Seminar is scheduled for Friday evening, Feb 22, and Saturday, February 23, 2013 … (you may be reading this after the fact) … there certainly will be other opportunities.
Info on the flow of the Seminar … and the important topics presented … can be seen by clicking on http://mobap.edu/news/3942-mbu-to-host-worship-heart-a-art-seminar-this-month .
It is to include and feature the art of St. Louis Messianic Pastor Jake Rosen, most of whom in his family’s previous generation were killed in the holocaust of the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.
Leaders and their themes are as follows:
Dr. Jonathan Blackmon, Associate Professor of Music/Director of Worship Arts at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO. On “Keeping the Heart: The Discipline of Daily Worship;”
Dr. Michael Farley, Worship Director at Central Presbyterian Church; Adjunct Professor of Theology at St. Louis University and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO;
“Biblical Foundations for the Arts in Worship”
Dr. Ron Man, Director of Worship Resources International; Pastor of Worship/Missionary in Residence at First Evangelical Church of Memphis, Tenn.; Seminar Preacher for Friday Worship … “The Holiness of God and Worship”
Dr. Curtis McClain, Professor of Bible/Director of Christian Studies at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo.: Seminar Preacher for Saturday Worship
Dr. John Simons, Associate Dean for Community Relations, Professor of Church Music and Chair of the Music Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas: “The Voices of Children: Children in Worship”
Mr. Bert VanderMark, President and Creative Director of Studio Montage (www.studiomontage.com); Director of Visual Parables Ministries in St. Louis, MO:
“Using Discernment in the Visual Arts in Worship”
(As an aside, my fine classmate at Oklahoma Baptist University — church musician Henry Maxey — maintains a website with a focus on helping part time, volunteer musicians without much available time to prepare, which is the majority status of praise leaders. The site receives tens of thousands of “hits” each year. Check out www.creativeworshipservices.com.)