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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - On-site Registration Opens                                             Location: The River Church, Lobby

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Sneaker Ball, Spades Tournament 

& Speakeasy: Gospel Edition                                                                           Location: The River Church

Thursday, May 16, 2024

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM            On-site Registration                                                Location: The River Church

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM         Mass Worship Rehearsal                                        Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

10:00 AM -11:00 AM        Opening Session                                                     Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

 

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM       Worship Masterclass Session I (for all registrants)

       

OUR CENTER: WORSHIP                                                                            Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary 

Instructor: Tanya Baker 

Learning Objectives:

This Masterclass focuses on unearthing key principles and practices of Worship such as:

  • The power and purpose of unity, prayer, and sensitivity

  • Sharpening your ear to hear from heaven

  • How to effectively lead the worship culture

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM           Breakout Sessions I

Artist Panel – Session I                      

THE FUTURE IS HERE                                                                                 Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: VaShawn Mitchell & Invited Industry Panel

Zoom Panel: Damon Stewart

Learning Objectives:    

This innovative power-packed masterclass will focus on embracing & understanding the functions, features, and financial benefits of Streaming Platforms. Participants will learn from executives at Spotify, iTunes and other platforms in the rapidly evolving world of streaming. 

 

  • What is music streaming? 

  • How has streaming changed the music Industry? 

  • How to monetize streaming?  

 

Musicians Masterclass – Session I        

AN EFFECTIVE MINSTREL                                                                          Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: Dr. John Paul McGee

Learning Objectives:

This Masterclass is tailored to equip musicians with tips, tools, and techniques such as:

  • Developing an understand of Sacred Music

  • How to properly support and create atmospheres for worship

  • Establishing a flow, protecting the sound of the house, and 

  • How to balance the 3P’s: Professionalism, Production, and Prophetic

  • Basic Music Theory

 

Ministry Leaders Session (Admin) – Session I            

NAVIGATING UNCHARTERED TERRITORIES                                         Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: Ruth Ann Wynter

Learning Objectives:

Church is so much more than preaching and teaching. This class is focused on preparing leaders to exploring the new administrative terrain facing their ministries: 

  • How can we create an environment that encourages operational excellence for creatives

  • How can emerging technologies such as AI enhance local ministries

  • How can we prepare our organization today for the landscape of the future

 

Dance Masterclass – Session I 

Instructor: Dr. Dulanie Bouie, Director of Praise Dance Motion Academy

Learning Objectives:

The objectives of this reference study are to dissect the definitions and differences of secular and liturgical dance; break down the Hebrew and Greek dance terms; understand the original purpose and history of dance; how to start a dance ministry; how to recog- nize the call; learn the requirements of a dance leader and the members; display guidelines, class format and formations; how to prepare for a worship service, evangelism, a concert and year end annual activities; and learn about liturgical dance organizations.

 

Ministers of Music and Worship Pastors – Session I    

IT ALL MATTERS                                                                                          Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: Meachum L. Clarke                    

Learning Objectives:

This interactive masterclass will speak to the emphasis on developing a diverse, comprehensive & thriving worship culture through key elements such as:

  • Worship Planning & Team Building

  • Vision Casting & Leadership Development

  • Cultivating a healthy worship culture

  • Gifts inventory, management, and positioning

 

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM             Lunch Break (Food Trucks & Cafe onsite) 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM             General Session

THE BRIDGE                                                                                                  Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

Moderators: Dr. John Paul McGee, Tanya Baker, VaShawn Mitchell and other guests...

Moderator: Randy Weston

Special Guest: Dr. Kevin Bond

Experience Objectives:

This Interactive General session will energize each attendee through live explanation, demonstration and study while exploring and unpacking the following:

  • The DNA of GOSPEL MUSIC

  • Preserving and Honor our Heritage

  • Sacred Songs, Sounds, and Standards

  • Bridging The Gap: Expansion vs Replacement

 

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM              Empowerment Session

LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT SESSION                                                Location: The River Church, Youth Church    

Instructor: Dr. Teresa Hairston

Learning Objectives:

How to move past life’s obstacles and succeed in your purpose.

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM              Break

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM            Evening Session (Open to Public)                        Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary 

Friday, May 17, 2024

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM          On-site Registration                                                  Location: The River Church, Lobby

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM        Mass Worship Rehearsal                                         Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

10:00 AM -11:00 AM        Opening Session                                                     Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

11:15 AM - 12:15PM       Worship Masterclass - Session II (for all registrants) 

A HEART CONDITION                                                                                  Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

Instructor: Todd Galberth 

Learning Objectives:

This Masterclass will delve further into on uncovering key elements and components of Praise & Worship such as:

  • The importance of order

  • Managing moments of transitions in the flow

  • Command vs Demand

  • The heart posture of a worshipper

  • Characteristics of a Worship Leader

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM        Breakout Sessions II

Artist Masterclass – Session II            

LONG LIVE THE CREATIVES                                                                      Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: Anthony Brown

Learning Objectives:  

This creative masterclass is geared to invigorate songwriters, creatives, and artists by:

  • empowering artists with tools to build an impact sound that transcends generations, trends, and cultures – 

  • providing practical insights for developing artists – 

  • sharing wisdom on how to maintain the sound of gospel music while simultaneously expanding the creative of the genre.

 

Musicians Masterclass – Session II        

GIFTS + GIGS + GOD                                                                                 Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructors: Lacy Comer, Thomas Hardin Jr.

Learning Objectives: 

Through a panel discussion format, each participant will engage in conversation on how to balance ministry & alternative schedules. Accountability & faithfulness to the local church.  Balance and how to maintain relationships.


 

Ministers of Music,Worship Pastors, Praise Leaders & Team– Session II    

1:1 Harmony in the Music Department                                                    Location: The River Church, TBA

Instructor: VaShawn Mitchell                    

Learning Objectives:

To help Unify the Music Ministry to better serve the local church


 

Dance Masterclass – Session II

Instructor: Dr. Dulanie Bouie, Director of Praise Dance Motion Academy

Learning Objectives:

The objectives of this reference study are to dissect the defini- tions and differences of secular and liturgical dance; break down the Hebrew and Greek dance terms; understand the original purpose and history of dance; how to start a dance ministry; how to recog- nize the call; learn the requirements of a dance leader and the mem- bers; display guidelines, class format and formations; how to prepare for a worship service, evangelism, a concert and year end annual activities; and learn about liturgical dance organizations.

 

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM         Lunch Break (Food available on site) 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM         General Session                                                        Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

HEALTH & WELLNESS MASTERCLASS

Instructor: Dr. Seneka Gainer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Jacksonville University

Learning Objectives:

This session is tailored to concentrate on Dealing with our emotional, psychological, and social well-being in church through:

  • Practical information regarding Mental Health

  • Identifying triggers, trauma, and signs of emotions danger

  • Exploring resources, best practices, and tools to ensure a balance and healthy human

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM           Break

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM         Evening Session (Open to Public)                           Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

​10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON    Closing Session & Reflections                              Location: The River Church, Main Sanctuary

Featuring The Mass Worship Team & Special Guest

Vision moving forward (Board on stage) 

Speaker : Dr. John Paul Mcgee 

 

 

You don't want to miss this life changing experience!

 

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