Somewhat off-topic: Free church music resources
While I’ve never conducted a formal survey, I know from emails and comments over the last few years that many of you are church musicians. So I thought I’d pass along a resource useful to those of you who are, even if it’s not specifically pertinent to the genre.
Sovereign Grace Music, a church network that intentionally develops songwriters and worship teams for its churches, hosts an annual conference on church music. They offer about 160 free messages, from the last eleven years of the conference, here and here.
Some of the messages are specific to worship in churches using a contemporary format—but many of us, myself included, attend such churches even if our musical preferences lie in this genre. Other messages have broader applicability; there are messages on songwriting from writers like Stuart Townsend, Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Bob Kauflin, messages on technical aspects like mixing, sound system maintenance, and in-ear monitors, messages on individual instrument and vocal techniques (including adult and youth choirs), a message on music copyright laws, and, above all else, a broad assortment of messages forming a theological base for worship.
While I would doubt any of us would agree with every single view expressed in every single message, this looks to be such an abundance of value that it’s worth passing along.