January 2010


Christine Kumar
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church

Holds Conference to Teach High-Impact Worship

December 16, 2009—WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Prodigal Worship Conference will be held April 13, 2010, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD.  Prodigal Worship will give participants the tools to design, develop, create and deliver high-impact celebratory worship that connects God to people’s everyday lives.

The Prodigal Worship Conference will equip and empower pastors, worship leaders, worship design teams and participants in the ministry arts to increase their effectiveness as they connect people beyond their congregations to the grace of God in every worship experience and people whose everyday experience does not include fellowship in a community of faith.

Keynote speakers include: Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg UMC in Ohio; Len Wilson and Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions and Rev. Olu Brown of Impact Church Atlanta, Georgia.  For biography information on speakers and workshop leaders, visit www.bwcumc.org/prodigalworship.

Workshop topics include: Powerful Transformation Worship: The Pastor’s Role; High Impact Worship in an Urban City; Integrating Multi-Media in Worship; The Art and Science of Story; Creating Sacred Spaces; Multi-Cultural Worship; Including Children in Worship; Celebrating Global Music and Arts and What’s Next Moving Forward.

To register and learn more, visit www.bwcumc.org/prodigalworship.


The Baltimore-Washington Conference comprises more than 180,000 members in nearly 700 United Methodist churches in Maryland, Washington, D.C., the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and Bermuda. The United Methodist church is global – comprising 68 conferences, or regions, around the world, totaling 11 million members.

Young adult leadership conference to feature top selling Christian artist, Phil Wickham

Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2010 —RelevanceX, the February 12-13, 2010 Las Vegas conference planned to challenge young adults to explore the concept of ten, will feature top-selling artist Phil Wickham performing live.

Challenging young adults to imagine the power of ten new disciples, ten new faith communities, and ten social justice projects, this conference will encourage young adults to empower one another. Together, participants will look at how to become leaders in their communities by developing their leadership skills, uniting their voices, and actively creating change in our Church.

Through the music of Phil Wickham, participants will be reminded what and who we are created for. Performing his new album, Heaven and Earth, listeners will appreciate inspiring musicality as an inspiring story revealing a divine faith unfolds within each of his songs.

Recorded at the famed Abby Road Studios, Heaven and Earth features the hit single, “Safe,” which debuted at No. 28 on  Billboard AC Monitored and No. 27 on AC Indicator. This first song serves to encourage,  strengthen and remind listeners that, “You will be safe in His arms,” and is indicative of the themes of inspiration and hope woven throughout the album.

“If we are Christians, we know God is great and we know what Jesus did on the cross,” says Wickham. “We know all the stories, but to be reminded of, and to be compelled to move by those stories is in a way a large part of what my goal in music is – to remind the Church of the reality of the Gospel, the importance of the cross, of the excitement and hope that we have in Heaven.”

For more information on Relevance X including lodging, travel and to register, visit http://www.relevancex.com.

Glen Simpson, Coordinator
Relevance Ministries

In partnership with Division on Ministries with Young People
GBOD | The United Methodist Church