"Fill your congregations with songs and things that are deep."
This was just some of the advice singer/songwriter Keith Getty gave to worship leaders represented at the fourth Worship Summit at Hardin-Simmons University on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
The fall Worship Summit, co-sponsored by Hardin-Simmons University and Texas Baptists, invites practicing church musicians to gather and discuss current events about music and worship life within the church; with each summit addressing a different area of music.
This Worship Summit was focused on the topic of congregational singing.
"Hardin-Simmons has paved the way for the summit to be held in other Baptist universities all over the state, and this has proven to be a wonderful partnership for the Baptist General Convention of Texas" said Dan Turner, music consultant for Texas Baptists and organizer of the event.
More than 40 worship leaders from every region of Texas participated in a workshop led by Keith Getty. The workshop included a question and answer segment and exercises in congregational singing with accompaniment provided by Getty himself.
Todd Wilson, Pastor for Music and Worship, at First Baptist Church of Abilene, was inspired by the day's events.
"There is value in meeting the people who write and compose the music we sing. It is great to be able to put a name and a face to the music and know their mindset," said Wilson.
According to Clell Wright, department head of church music, and associate professor of church music at HSU, this workshop was the first time Texas Baptists' have partnered with a BGCT-affiliated university to host The Summit.
According to Turner, the success of this event has prompted Summit leadership to consider similar partnerships with other BGCT-affiliated universities.
Future worship summits are in the planning stages, and will aim at discovering current trends in music and worship. More about these one-day interactive forums can be obtained by visiting texasbaptists.org/events.
For more information on the Getty visit to HSU, visit www.hsutx.edu.