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 primarily meet only on Saturday with options on Friday

TRACKS AVAILABLE (Many expected to sell out)

  • Worship Leaders/Planners (Mike Harland and others)
  • *Vocals 
  • Band – Keyboard (various)
  • Band – Acoustic Guitar (various)
  • Band – Electric Guitar (various)
  • Band – Bass Guitar (various)
  • Band – Drums & Percussion (various)
  • *Tech (various)
  • *Preschool Choirs (Dora Ann Purdy)
  • *Children’s Choirs (Karen Gosselin)
  • *Piano (Faye Lopez)

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.

Training for your entire worship team - musicians and technicians!

More classes to be added in the coming weeks.

We will be adjusting some of the class information as we draw closer to the date.

$30 Full Conference
  • Admittance to all sessions.
  • Dozens of breakout sessions.
  • (Same cost for one or two days)
  • Saturday lunch.
  • Price increase July 15
$20/$16 Orchestra Retreat
  • Saturday only
  • Admittance to opening session and orchestra only.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Discount for 20 or more.
  • Price increase July 22
$20/$16 Choir Retreat
  • Saturday only
  • Admittance to opening session and choir only.
  • Lunch provided.
  • Discount for 20 or more.
  • Price increase July 22

Registration will open early in 2019. Sign up for our Renewing Worship newsletter to keep up with updates on the EXPO




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. Choose CHOIR RETREAT or ORCHESTRA RETREAT for your track. With the Full Registration, you will have access to everything we have to offer.

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. 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.