Uniting CHRIST FOLLOWERS
Bammel Church of Christ
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit -- just as you were called -- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:3-5)
The United Voice Worship Conference is designed for all who desire to live a more INTENTIONAL life of worship. The heart of this conference will focus on leading, loving and living in a way that honors God. It is our desire to "make every effort" to become more like Christ and model inclusivity in our churches and communities. Through the United Voice Worship Conference you will be inspired, encouraged and equipped to engage deeply with THE ONE who called us to live lives that show the world that we are UNITED!
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
- Dynamic teaching and insights from God's Word by authentic preaching / teaching
- Inspirational singing through a variety of worship leaders and group presenters
- An opportunity to connect with diverse leaders and worshippers throughout the country
- Hands on workshops that will impact church growth and expand our cultural awareness
WHo should attend?
The United Voice Worship Conference is a gathering of believers who care deeply about Christ's church. This conference is designed to empower us to bridge the divides that exist in our communities. This is an opportunity to view our differences as unique strengths given to us by God. This conference is for those who desire to increase their efforts for the greater good of the Kingdom.
Pre-conference registration includes lunch on Friday and new music resources
Conference registration includes lunch on Saturday and the 35th anniversary Acappella concert Saturday evening
June 1 - July 31
Aug 1 - Sept 31
Oct 1 - oct 6
- A discounted STUDENT RATE is available for ages 13-25
- Please note that childcare is not provided
- Don't forget to add the PRE-CONFERENCE ($35) on the registration form if you're involved in worship ministry at your church
- An option for the CONCERT TICKET ONLY ($20) is available here
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We are thrilled about our current lineup of keynote speakers, breakout teachers, and worship leaders!
35th Anniversary Concert
saturday, October 7
A member of the Christian Music Hall of Fame, Acappella has sold well over three million units and toured the globe since Keith Lancaster – songwriter, producer, and original lead singer – formed the group in 1982.
Acappella’s current model, launched in August 2014, combines the talents of the ministry’s past and present singers on concerts and albums. The group’s lineup will vary from event to event, showcasing vocalists from multiple eras of Acappella Ministries’ 35-year history in fresh new combinations. Acappella has featured special lineups for reunion concerts and other select events in the past, but is now in position to make that a permanent fixture for fans to enjoy.
“From the start, our mission has been to glorify God by carrying His message to the world through a cappella music,” Lancaster said. “God has provided many talented music ministers along with countless opportunities for them to apply their gifts. This model provides Acappella’s vast legacy of singers with new opportunities that will bless people for years to come.”
Saturday, Oct 7
concert is Included in your conference registration!
If you are not attending the conference, concert tickets are available for $20
Friday, October 6
who should attend?
The WorshipNOW pre-conference is specifically designed for worship leaders, praise team leaders, singers and those involved in bringing worship to life through music. This is an opportunity to learn song arrangements and engage in a variety of worship styles that will encourage intentional inclusion in our church settings.
The pre-conference cost of $35 includes music resources, lunch and the opportunity to connect with ministry leaders from around the country.
Friday, October 6
9:00am | Registration Opens (coffee & light breakfast)
9:45am | United Voice Worship
10:15am | WorshipNOW
12:00pm | Lunch (provided on-campus)
1:30pm | WorshipNOW
3:15pm | Break
3:30pm | WorshipNOW
4:15pm | Blessing and Sending
4:30pm | Dinner Break (off-campus)
uvw Conference Schedule
Friday, october 6
6:00pm | Registration Opens
7:00pm | Evening Session with UVW & Don McLaughlin
8:30pm | Break
8:45pm | Night of Praise with Committed from Athens, AL
9:45pm | Blessing and Sending
Saturday, October 7
8:00am | Registration Opens
9:00am | Morning Session with UVW & Orpheus Heyward
10:45am | Break
11:00am | Panel Discussion with Sean Palmer & Friends
12:00pm | Lunch (provided on-campus)
1:45pm | Breakout Session 1
2:30pm | Break
2:45pm | Breakout Session 2
3:30pm | Break
3:45pm | Evening Session with UVW, Orpheus Heyward, & Don McLaughlin
5:00pm | Dinner Break (off-campus)
6:30pm | Doors Open
7:00pm | Acappella Concert
9:00pm | Blessing and Sending
Sunday, October 8
9:00am | Morning worship experience with UVW, Acappella & Don McLaughlin
10:45am | Blessing and Sending
| Printable list of classes: download |
The New Story We Already Knew: Race, Difference, and Unity at the Heart of the Bible
Sean Palmer (Houston, TX) and John Alan Turner (Atlanta, GA)
The story of scripture has been lost. More so than laws and rules, the Bible is one story bringing the divided world together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This is the story at the heart of scripture, what God has always been doing, and what we need to return to to bring reconciliation to God's world.
Encouraging Racial Reconciliation through Spiritually Transcendent Worship
Dr. Garry Bailey (ACU) and Samuel Cook (ACU)
To break the cycle of race separation and exclusion at church, this session focuses on identifying transcendent events that can lead a faith community into creating new and inclusive contexts for race reconciliation. This session leads participants to identify and practice spiritual qualities for growing a deep, united fellowship.
How Did We Get Here? Fear, Hatred, and Social Inequalities in the 'Christian' U.S.
Dr. Tanya Hart (Pepperdine University)
Many Christians and non-Christians believe that the United States is, and always has been, a Christian nation, that "city on a hill" that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 5:14. Yet, regardless of where you fall politically, socially or culturally, it's hard to ignore the fear, hatred and divisions in contemporary U.S. society. So - how did we get here? What are the foundations of our current divisions? How did some within an assumed 'Christian' nation create and uphold social inequalities while others simultaneously strove to dismantle and eliminate the same inequalities, to the point that congregations, denominations, movements, and even the nation itself separated, to the point of bloodshed? This session will look broadly at how fear and hatred have fueled historical American social inequalities, and the work of self-identified Christians to both create and uphold while dismantling and eliminating inequalities.
Living in the Already But Not Yet: Adoption, Family, and Revelation 7
Dr. Robert Ballard (Pepperdine University) and Sarah Ballard (Pepperdine University)
In this interactive and informative presentation, Bert and Sarah Ballard, members of a transracial, international adoptive family and communication professors from Pepperdine University, share research, personal stories, and life tips for navigating the challenges of adoption. They suggest that adoption is a dominant theme of the gospel, capturing the tension of living in the "already but not yet" characteristic of the Kingdom of God while awaiting the ultimate peace and unity described in Revelation 7.
From the Parking Lot to the Pew
Michael Montalvo (Houston, TX)
This breakout will discuss the ways your church family can create a culture of hospitality that ministers to both your first-time guests and established members through time-tested best practices, tools and resources.
Visual Worship: WHY + HOW
Leigh Ann Sharp (Houston, TX) and Kent Rogers (Denver, CO)
This class is designed to explore media and visual worship in a worship setting, and what visual worship might look like in your church. Discussion will surround the "Why" behind presenting the Gospel in a variety of ways, while also providing the "How" - practical tools and resources to bring visual worship into your church context with excellence.
Message in a Bottle: Enhancing Cultural Communication with the Hispanic Community
Alejandro Ezquerra (Houston, TX)
Is it true that the way in which we communicate carries more weight than the words we use? How can we communicate effectively across a vast racial-cultural ocean? In this workshop, Alejandro will explore how to use communication as a bridge between two different ports.
Worship Leaders Panel (FIRST SESSION ONLY)
Various worship leaders from around the country
How can a worship ministry create and model a high impact of inclusivity in the church? Is it important to be intentional in the selection of music for weekend services? Why? What resources are available to worship leaders to broaden our growth and impact our ministries? These are just a few of the questions that several worship leaders will be processing from a variety of contexts and locations from around the country.
Where to Stay
The following hotels are located near the conference location.
- Comfort Suites
3555 FM 1960 West, Houston 77068 (map)
- Comfort Suites
323 East Louetta Road, Spring 77373 (map)
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston I-45 North
17617 North Fwy, Houston 77090 (map)
- Hampton Inn Houston-Willowbrook
7645 FM 1960 Road West, Houston 77070 (map)
- Hilton Garden Inn
7979 Willow Chase Blvd., Houston 77070 (map)
- Hampton Inn & Suites Houston-Cypress Station
150 Wagon Point, Houston 77090 (map)
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites
125 W Airtex Blvd, Houston 77090 (map)