Special Speaker Series Discusses Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church

BlueLikeJazz1Hosted by Vanguard Professor Sarah Scott, the Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church speaker series features five different worship and creative arts leaders. Presentations are during Scott’s morning class from 8:30 to 9:20 in the basement classroom Heath 009. The next event will be on Oct. 10, featuring visual worship illuminator Stephen Proctor.

The first presentation took place on Sept. 24, with church technical arts expert Mike Sessler. Sessler is the Technical Arts Director at Coast Hills Community Church in Aliso Viejo, Calif. He specializes in using technology in the church to help create environments for worship.

On Oct. 10, Proctor, a curator of visual worship, will share his experience with creative worship as an illuminator. Proctor works to use projection and media to create moments of wonder and astonishment in worship. He has worked with artists and authors such as Gungor, All Sons & Daughters, Beth Moore, Travis Cottrell and Glenn Packiam.

The following week, on Oct. 17, Jefferson Denim will speak. Denim is an actor, musician and worship leader. He is the Director of Music and Arts at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Mission Viejo, Calif. He worked as a full-time actor after receiving his degree in Theatre Arts from UCLA, switched to being a full-time musician and then started his career in ministry work.

On Oct. 29, Brian Wurzell, the Worship Pastor at Hillside Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will speak. Years of leading worship at camps, conferences and churches prepared Wurzell for his role in helping churches shape their creative ministries. A worship leader from his core, Wurzell loves people, music, artistry, and church ministry.

The last speaker in the series, Cari Jenkins, will speak on Nov. 12. She is the founder of the 11:29 Project, which focuses on fostering sustainable and thriving leaders around the world. Jenkins uses her 20 years of local church experience and her many gifts to help leaders root themselves in Jesus and take the Kingdom of God into their spheres of influence.

Because space is limited, individuals wanting to attend any of these presentations should contact Professor Scott by email. Her email is sscott@vanguard.edu.


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