Renewing Worship EXPO

Calvary Baptist Church - West, Advance, NC

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The Renewing Worship Expo is a one-stop shop of training for worship leaders, choirs, orchestras, musicians, technicians and others. If you serve in any facet of worship ministry this event is for you!

The event will feature specialized training and equipping through a host of breakout sessions.
*Some tracks meet only on Saturday.
**The vocal track meets only on Saturday with a master class option on Friday afternoon)

TRACKS AVAILABLE (Many expected to sell out)

  • Worship Leaders/Planners (Mike Harland and others)
  • **Vocals (Sheri Gould)
  • Band – Keyboard (various)
  • Band – Rhythm Guitar (various)
  • Band – Lead Guitar (various) Band – Bass Guitar (various)
  • Band – Drums & Percussion (various)
  • *Tech (various)
  • *Preschool Choirs (Dora Ann Purdy)
  • *Children’s Choirs (Karen Gosselin)
  • *Student Choirs (Richie Kingsmore)
  • *Piano (Faye Lopez)
  • *Organ (Carol Cone)

In addition, Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship Resources, will provide equipping and encouragement through main sessions for all attendees and a special Friday evening session for worship leaders/planners.

Choir Retreat with director of LifeWay Worship, Mike Harland. A day (Saturday only) of refreshing and renewal as your choir joins with other choirs in learning music to bring back to your church.

Orchestra Retreat (Saturday only) with composer David Winkler.

Multiple exhibitors to consult with you on latest technology and tools.

Choral reading sessions on Friday afternoon.

Vocal master class with Sheri Gould (extra cost) on Friday afternoon. NOTE: People who register for the EXPO will receive information later about the master class.

Training for your entire worship team - musicians and technicians!



These videos give a brief description of each track.
Click on the track you want in the menu at the bottom of the player.

12 additional tech breakout classes will be added in the next few days.

We are still finalizing the topics and teachers for these tracks.

Lighting, video, streaming, online worship planning apps, ProPresenter and much more!

Also multiple vendors on site for consultations

$30 Full Conference
  • Admittance to all sessions.
  • Dozens of breakout sessions.
  • (Same cost for one or two days)
  • Saturday lunch.
  • $35 after September 1.
$20/$16 Orchestra Retreat
  • Saturday only
  • Admittance to opening session and orchestra only.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Discount for 20 or more.
$20/$16 Choir Retreat
  • Saturday only
  • Admittance to opening session and choir only.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Discount for 20 or more.

Registration now open for choir and orchestra retreats!

20% discount for groups of 20 or more.



$89 Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • 680 Westbrook Plaza Drive Winston-Salem NC 27103
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Free breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Reservation link for special pricing below
Hotel Info
$69 Sleep Inn – Hanes Mall
  • 1985 Hampton Inn Court, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Call Hotel for Special EXPO Pricing
Hotel Info
Hotel Search Area Hotels
  • This search will locate various hotels in the Winston-Salem area at various rates and locations.
  • See other two blocks--Fairfield and Sleep Inn--for special conference rates


If I can only attend one day, what is the cost?

We have made this conference to be very affordable for the the vast array of excellent instruction that will be received. The cost is the same for the full conference registration whether or not you take advantage of one or two days of training. The only other options are the choir and orchestra retreats that are Saturday only and do not have access to the vast array of break out sessions offered either day.

What publishers will be at the Friday afternoon choral reading sessions?

  • Brentwood-Benson
  • Daywind
  • Lifeway
  • LifeWay Worship
  • Lillenas
  • Word

The sessions will be held 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Who can attend the Choral Reading Sessions on Friday Afternoon?

The reading sessions may be attended by anyone with a Full Conference registration. Packets of free music from the five publishers will provided those that attend the sessions.

Who can attend the Friday evening session with Mike Harland?

Anyone who purchases a Full Conference Registration may attend the evening session with Mike Harland? This is not included in the choir retreat and orchestra retreat registration. See the next FAQ for information on how to attend the Mike Harland session AND one of the retreats.

What if I want to attend all the great stuff on Friday, but I want to attend the choir or orchestra retreat?

You must purchase a Full Registration to attend Friday classes with one exception–you may pay to attend the Master Class with Sheri Gould as an add-on to your retreat registration. Otherwise, you can purchase a Full Registration and have access to the reading sessions, Friday evening classes, and choose to attend one of the retreat tracks on Saturday. Choose the Worship Leader track if you want to purchase the Full Registration and take advantage of Friday classes and attend a retreat on Saturday.

How do I sign up for the Master Class with Sheri Gould and how much does it cost?

The Master Class with Sheri Gould will cater more specifically to the needs of the individuals in the class. Sheri will do a quick assessment from each attendee and ask them what, specifically, they would like to take away from the day. Then she will incorporate that into the class. Additionally, we will offer 10 attendees the opportunity to sing in front of the class and receive coaching from Sheri.

  • personally tailored
  • 3 hours concentrated teaching
  • opportunity to sing for assessment
  • opportunity to observe and participate in personal vocal coaching

The Master Class has an additional cost of $10 per person to attend. The first ten people who want to receive coaching will pay $20 for the class and the coaching opportunity.

Invitations to sign up for the master class will be sent to those who purchase a full registration and those who sign up a group for the choir or orchestra retreat. Invitations will be going out by August 15.

What classes are intended for the Worship Leaders/Planners track?

This group has the greatest flexibility.

On Friday afternoon, you can choose to go to the choral music reading sessions with five publishers or sign up (extra cost) for the Master Class with Sheri Gould. Friday evening is a great time with Mike Harland.

On Saturday, there are three breakout classes. Look over the numerous offerings and choose those that will best meet your needs. You might want to sit in on one of Sheri Gould’s vocal classes, attend a session of the choir or orchestra retreats, check out some technologies that will help your church, and so much more!

How soon do I need to sign up?

That is a difficult question to answer. The organizers of this event need several weeks of prior notice to best handle the crowds. The numbers are limited in some of the tracks due to space limitations. We recommend signing up those that you know will attend now and signing up others later, rather than waiting until you know all your numbers. Space is limited and we do expect some tracks to sell out.

Will the EXPO be offered next year?

We are committed to offering this type of event next year as long as the support for the event this year warrants it.

What hotels do you recommend?

Winston-Salem has many fine hotels. Check out the section on our website for two hotels with special conference rates as well as a listing of many hotels in the area.

How do I find Saturday's schedule? All I see is the Friday schedule on the website.

Just click on Saturday’s date button at the top and the day’s schedule will show. Be sure to click LOAD MORE to see additional classes. Also, you can select a specific track to see appropriate classes for that track.