It is no secret that there is a need for coaching and networking in the area of contemporary worship arts leadership in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the creation of systems that allow both the student and the professional to visit and learn from churches across the country, their leaders, and from each other can help meet this latent need. The people involved in this current ministry partnership believe that informal program development means that immediate impact can be made while long-term solutions are being developed. To that end, four initiatives are underway:
1) The WALi Summit – May 30-June 3, 2012
The WALi Summit, which happens every 2 years, is a 5-day igniter event intended for full and part-time worship ministry staff, pastors, volunteer worship leaders, band members and under-graduate worship arts students in the LCMS. WALi Summit programming provides immediate learning opportunities in key areas of worship ministry and affords participants the unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with others that serve the church in the area of worship arts. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
2) The WALi Sequence.
This program is currently being designed for paid and volunteer worship ministry staff (full or part-time) with at least three (3) years of ministry experience. Utilizing a pre-arranged sequence of onsite visits to participating churches around the country (or regions of the country), participants will gather together in small collegial groups within the framework of each ministry, learning from their environment and from one another, giving spiritual and professional support to one another as a Christ-centered community.
3) The WALi "Armchair Project"
A worship song resource project and Lutheran Artist directory.
4) The WALi Summer Certification program
In partnership with Concordia University in Irvine, CA, a Worship Arts Leadership Certification program will be offered on Irvine’s campus beginning in the summer of 2013. More detailed information will be provided as it becomes available.