By Zac James, SCBO worship consultant
We just finished the Worship 4:24 Conference at Cedarville University, and it was INCREDIBLE! The Lord was so good bringing worship leaders and teams to be equipped for worship ministry.
We celebrated record attendance, with 1,219 conference attendees, plus 142 high school students who came early for Cedarville’s Weekend of Worship and stayed through the conference. We hosted 124 speakers, vendors, and support staff. It was a packed house! Shoutout to the Cedarville Team for solving so many logistical hurdles --Roger O’Neel, John Chilicothe, Susan Troth, Leslie Pickering, and Jesse Oliver.
If that wasn’t enough, 1404 people bought tickets for the Friday night Shane & Shane worship concert with the 4:24 Worship Choir. Shane & Shane, and The Worship Initiative did an incredible job leading us in worship during the weekend.
- All told, we had 2,889 people during Worship 4:24, which smashes our previous attendance record.
But it’s not about numbers: each attendee represents a real worship leader or worship team member who is trying to serve the local church in his or her gifting and calling. It’s about the mission: equipping our worship leaders and teams to lead worship with passion and excellence for sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you to all you who sent worship teams and engaged with Worship 4:24 this year.
If you didn’t come this year, please consider sending at least one person from your church to Worship 4:24 next year - and register early! It will impact your worship ministry in a huge way.
Here’s the secret: Registration opens at a steep discount (usually) in September or October, so if you plan ahead, you can make it much more affordable.
Why am I so confident attending Worship 4:24 will help your worship ministry become more effective?
Because I hear it directly from our conference attendees.
A normal part of our process is to get feedback on sessions through the Worship 4:24 app. Attendees can give feedback on each session with comments for our team to review.
This year, we received 577 feedback submissions throughout the weekend with an average session rating of 9.3/10. Our speakers did an incredible job.
Here’s what attendees said:
“This was an excellent class. Not sure what I was expecting, but it helped me to understand the commonalities of worship from past to present and how to structure worship service.”
“Loved this!! So excited to bring this info back to church!!”
“The panel discussion was great. It was light and fun, but helpful and inspirational too.”
“This evening [Friday concert] alone made the entire trip worthwhile. The entire service was moving, and including the choir enhanced the experience for everyone.”
Ohio Southern Baptists, here’s the bottom line: You are sponsoring one of the largest and most effective worship conferences in the country, and you are impacting a huge number of churches for the glory of God through this conference. Thank you for your generosity to the Cooperative Program so that we can continue to lead Worship 4:24 year after year.
We are setting our sights higher every year to the glory of God and the good of our churches, and we can’t wait to share more about Worship 4:24 next year.
Save the date for January 24-25, 2025, and we’ll see you in-person next year.