A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: N12
Come learn about the best free and affordable tools to upgrade the weekend worship experience, help you seriously save time, and unify & grow your team. We’ll cover essential top tools and apps for worship prep, music, live sound, in-ear monitoring, media presentation, and more. Want to streamline your worship ministry without breaking the bank? Join us to find out how!
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: N12
Want to play keyboard better in the modern worship setting? Create stirring moments that invite people to worship? Join us as we explore essential techniques and the incredible tools available today. We’ll demo sounds and show where to best use them in the worship set as we de-mystify keyboard in modern worship and fill your toolkit with practical ideas you can use this weekend. AND you’ll get a free MainStage template of essential keyboard patches that you can immediately use! We'll explore…
•Selecting great gear- keyboards, virtual instruments, tones/patches, & live apps •Basics of solid technique for worship & simple, elegant chord voicings •Expanding from traditional piano & sheet music to keyboards & chord charts •Tips and tricks for creating compelling moments and interesting dynamics •Building a killer keyboard rig for under $100 •Playing live with loops/click/tracks •Preparing (during the week) so you play with confidence and freedom •Q & A and interaction with the instructor
If you want to take keyboard to the next level of effectiveness in your worship setting, this is for you!
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: N15
In this session we will look at the things that stop us from touching the things of God and effectively leading our congregation into an awareness of His presence. We will focus on following the call of Jesus, what that really means, and how our worldview has affected our worship. This is a very practical session that will challenge you and fuel your passion to live for the Lord.
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: N12
The electric guitar has become an integral part of today’s worship sound and there are some essential (yet simple) techniques you can use to greatly expand your dynamic range as you play this powerful instrument (and make the band sound more awesome!). Much of the material will work for acoustic guitar as well, so if you’re an acoustic player curious about playing electric, join us! We’ll explore
•Selecting quality gear- guitars, pedals, amps, pedalboards, etc. •The basics of solid technique (with simple exercises) and creating good tone •Making the leap from acoustic to electric guitar and differences in playing each •Exploring effects: overdrive, delay, reverb, flange, wah and volume pedals, etc. •Great chord voicings, shapes, and scales to know •Playing parts for impact (not just banging away on chords) •Tips and tricks for creating powerful moments and interesting dynamics •Complementing (not competing) with the rest of the band •Playing live with loops/click/tracks •Great tone in a small room •Preparing (during the week) so you play with confidence and freedom •Time for in depth Q & A and interaction with the instructor
March 6, 2020 - 1:30 PM Room: N12
Been thinking of adding loops or enhancement tracks in weekend worship? Maybe having the team (or your drummer) use a metronome live? Wondering why in the world you would do that?! Come check out the latest technologies for adding virtual members to your worship team and getting the whole band to lock in together better. Join us for a fascinating look at the amazing tools available to you in worship today and see how you could start using them…this Sunday!
March 6, 2020 - 3:00 PM Room: N12
Want to take your drumming to the next level? Join us for an in-depth workshop that will put many practical tools in your hands to use this weekend! There are some simple techniques that will greatly enhance your playing and the cohesiveness of your worship team. Bring your sticks and come join the conversation about
•Set up and tuning, creating good tone on each drum and cymbal •The basics of solid technique (with simple exercises) •Essential grooves for worship •Building drum fills and when to use them •Leading the band dynamically •Playing live with loops/click/tracks •Flowing with/following different worship leaders •Prep like the pros (before the weekend) so you play with confidence and freedom •Playing to the room (small, medium, or large) •Mics and mic techniques for drumming (how to help your sound guy!) •Time for in depth Q & A and interaction with the instructor
March 6, 2020 - 4:30 PM Room: C6
This workshop is for those who are responsible for gathering digital material to be shown on a large screen during worship service. We will discuss you need to know when constructing this media for display, importance of the color wheel, contrast, font size, background image, moving images, angle of view and transitions.
March 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM Room: C6
This is a beginner/intermediate course designed for audio operators that have fundamental understanding of sound system but would like to get better. The topic is Microphone and will cover all the types of microphones and direct connection of instruments. Are you going direct with instruments? Let’s find out what microphone is good to use and how to correctly connect the instrument to the sound board. Will cover how to power microphones that need remote power as well as instrument interface that also need to be remotely powered. How to stop the POP’s so you can be ready but not noisy. The main discussion will be microphones and all the different types and how they are meant to be used.
March 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM Room: D6
This session will show you some ideas that will greatly improve the look and consistency of your video without breaking your budget. We’ll compare using a dedicated Streaming appliance in contrast to just using a Camcorder and video capture card in a PC (that can crash). We’ll demonstrate new cost effective HD and 4K cameras both Fixed and Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ) cameras with Joystick controllers and HD Video Switchers. Then we’ll take a look at what infrastructure is required to properly Stream Live and various hardware to connect to the Web.
March 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM Room: N12
This motivational workshop for Christian vocalists is designed to enhance skill and faith, combining the technical and fun aspects of singing with spiritual passion. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching. The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person sings along with the techniques being learned and demonstrated. Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive singing. Reggie will cover:
- The Five Vocal Parts - The Six Points to Good Vocal Production - God’s Delight in Singing - Leading Others in Worship through Singing - Versatile Technique (singing in choirs, ensembles, and solos) - Expression and Communication - Vocal Problems - Gaining Confidence - Helpful Exercises
This is open to the beginner as well as the experienced singer. There is something for everyone. There are helpful materials given to each individual. The vocalists in your church will have such an inspirational time and the goal is for them to not only be informed, but transformed – equipped to use their talents to glorify God.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D6
A trained operator along with a properly programmed digital mixer can greatly improve the consistency and quality of your Worship mixes. We will show you the digital mixer features that you can use to accomplish this goal. Features such as complete mixer recall (EVERY knob and button), EQ and compression on every channel, storable libraries for different players, singers or Pastors, built-in digital recording (both stereo and multichannel), Virtual Soundcheck recordings allow new operators to practice with your actual Worship Team with being on-stage and MANY more. We’ll also have a couple of mixers for you to check out, too.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N12
Acoustic Guitar in Worship
This empowering workshop for all Christian guitarists (intermediate through advanced) is designed to teach creative and expressive guitar playing techniques in a worship setting, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching. Bring your guitar if you'd like. The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated. Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing. Reggie will cover:
- Expressive Techniques in Worship - Making Songs Flow (The Art of Transition) - Common Contemporary Chord Progressions - Scales and Contemporary Chords - Learning Technique through Songs - Gaining Confidence - Helpful Exercises
There are helpful materials available as downloads. Those who have attended either the Christian Guitar & Bass Conferences know how training from Reggie will give you a spirited “shot in the arm” to prepare you for ministry.
March 7, 2020 - 12:45 PM Room: D6
Many church facilities have traditionally not been able to install proper Stage or House lighting because of insufficient AC Power in their facilities. But with the lower power draw of LED lighting this problem has almost disappeared. We’ll show you a variety of LED lighting fixtures and how each fixture type might be used. Lighting for your seating areas is also critical so we will show you some professional fixtures that can greatly enhance the worship experience. We’ll also explain the pitfalls of using “DJ” LED fixtures and detail why they are not the bargain they seem to be. Older traditional Lighting Consoles are insufficient to run most LED fixtures and therefore must be replaced. We’ll show you a reasonably priced and easy to use LED Lighting console that will solve this problem.
March 7, 2020 - 12:45 PM Room: N12
Stagnant...vibrant...apathetic...alive- which words describe your worship setting? There is a LOT that worship leaders and teams can do to affect that answer, so join us as we unpack effective ways to engage people, draw out their passion for Christ AND grow your team of musicians and techs. We'll cover purpose, team building, musical dynamics, song flow, creating compelling moments and much more. If you want a responsive congregation singing their hearts out instead of a bunch of people staring at screens, this is for you!
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: D6
With LED and LCD walls being all the rage BUT expensive, Laser projectors paired up with new projection screen technologies are still a viable solution for many churches. Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screens have made it possible to have a viable image even in brightly lit rooms. However, non-projection devices such as LCD and LED walls are continuing to drop down in price and improve features. We will also look at HD Video distribution solutions both HDBaseT and Video over IP as well as HD Video Switchers.
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: N12
Want to sing harmony but it seems a little daunting? Maybe you’ve tried but it’s not quite working? Come find out how a few simple concepts and tools can unlock the secrets of singing harmony. We’ll demystify basic music theory & ear training and help you expand your musical toolkit. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out these concepts on the spot and sing with others in the workshop. You’ll be more comfortable singing harmony in no time!
March 7, 2020 - 3:45 PM Room: N12
Wish you could spend WAY less time mired in the details of planning services (scheduling, distributing songs/charts to team members, etc.)? Good news- there is a much better way! Planning Center is an online solution for service planning and team organization that seriously cuts down your workload and gives team members access to all the info they need (schedule, charts/mp3's, media). We’ll go into the Planning Center Services app online, demonstrate what it can do, and answer your questions. Whether you’re curious, just getting started, or have some experience- join us to learn something new. Come see how this app can reduce worship planning stress, help your musicians prep before rehearsal, and slash your workload big time!