Renewing Worship EXPO

Calvary Baptist Church - West, Advance, NC

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All breakout classes for the worship band have moved to Saturday morning.

Friday will offer choral reading sessions and an evening with Mike Harland discussing the essentials of worship.

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. Friday offers choral reading sessions and an evening with Mike Harland speaking on Worship Essentials.


  • 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)
  • Student Worship Arts (Richie Kingsmore)
  • 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 (open to all full registrants and retreat participants)

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. (Optional Friday evening with Mike Harland)

Orchestra Retreat (Saturday only) with composer David Winkler. (Optional Friday evening with Mike Harland)

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!

Video Descriptions of Each Track

$40 Full Conference
  • Admittance to all sessions.
  • Dozens of breakout sessions.
  • (Same cost for one or two days)
  • Saturday lunch.
  • Walk-in Registration is $50
$25 Orchestra Retreat
  • Admittance to opening session, Evening with Mike Harland and orchestra only.
  • Lunch provided.
  • You MUST print your music out before coming to the EXPO. You will be sent a link to the files.
$25 Choir Retreat
  • Admittance to opening session, Evening with Mike Harland and choir only.
  • Lunch provided.




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 registration or those who are part of the two retreats. While several people from one church may attend, packets of free music from the five publishers will be provided to no more than two people per church.

Who can attend the Friday evening session with Mike Harland?

Anyone attending the main conference or one of the retreats may attend the evening session with Mike Harland? You must note your intent when at the time of registration.

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 any 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.

Are children allowed?

Due to the expected numbers for this event, we ask that you not bring your children to this event unless they are older children and purchase a registration to participate in classes.