I just wanted to be sure to let all my readers know how life-changing the All About Worship Retreat was a couple weeks ago in Kansas City. Wisdom Moon and Ben Saada were amazing in envisioning and hosting such an event for worship leaders. To be able to be led in worship by the likes of Darrell Evans, Tommy Walker, Michael Farren, Jared Anderson and others was a treat as well as teaching along side them and impressive leaders such as Troy Kennedy, Mike Kim, Fred McKinnon meant a lot.
But, the best part of it was the conversations and relationships developed with worship leaders from all over the country. It was humbling to hear the stories and share in the journey with men and women who help their local church put on the 52 weekends of worship services. Many came wounded and tired and left encouraged and connected. Its a lonely thing at times to lead, regardless if you are a bi-vocational or full time ministry person.
This conference was surely part of the “un-conference” trend: limited commercial and celebrity profile. The homegrown nature of it while having excellent content with speakers like Pure Praise author Dwane Moore set this apart from the large, commercially and corporately driven events. I applaud the All About Worship guys for keeping it as pure as they could in the goal to encourage and equip local worship leaders.
I learned far more than I could have taught. This microcosm of worship leaders that met in Overland Park, Kansas gives me hope that our church in America is in good hands. These servants, many coming on their own time and dime truly inspired me.