Renewing Worship

PURPOSING
GOD’S AGENDA

Memperbarui Ibadah: Melaksanakan Agenda Allah

3 – 5 October 2019
GKA Gloria Pacar, Surabaya

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ABOUT SELAH 2019

Churches thirst and hunger for God. Church growth defined by key performance indicators such as numbers, program sprawl, and overactivity have resulted in neglecting spiritual leadership and discipleship, growing deeper in the Word, and building solid relationships within the body of Christ. This year’s retreat aims to renew our worship and music by recovering, recommitting to, and representing God’s kingdom agenda for our churches.

SPEAKERS

DR. MYRLEENE GRACE YAP

Dean and Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship

Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap (叶慕灵博士) is an Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship. She joined the School of Church Music faculty in July 2006 and served as the Field Education Director from 2008 to 2017. She is now the Academic Dean since July 2012.

PS. JOSEPH LEE

Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship

Blessed with a strong music education from Trinity College of Music, London, Joseph Lee pioneered the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) education programme Experiences in Music (1992-1998) and was actively involved in Singapore’s classical music scene.
Joseph received his Master in Divinity with Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas, USA) in 2006. At Bartley Christian Church, Singapore, he served as pastor in for a total of 12 years, and is currently a volunteer Associate Pastor, giving pastoral care to Cell-groups, and to the Music and Creative Arts Ministry.

DR. JOEL NAVARRO

Professor of Choral Conducting

Dr. Joel Navarro teaches and administers Choral Conducting majors in the graduate level. He directs the Canticorum, SBC Chorale, and the SBC Singers. Previously, he taught at Calvin College. Earlier, he was assistant professor and one-time Chair of the Choral Conducting Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music. In 2016, the University bestowed him the Reynaldo T. Paguio Award in Conducting on its centennial anniversary.

He was known internationally as the former Music Director and Conductor of the Ateneo de Manila University Glee Club which amassed a string of top prizes in European choral competitions during his 22-year tenure.

MR. EUDENICE PALARUAN

Associate Professor of Choral Conducting

Mr. Eudenice Palaruan served 18 years as a faculty in the Theory and Choral Conducting Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music. He was also invited to teach Liturgical Composition, Vocal Method and Choral Literature in the graduate program of two other institutions; the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Asian Institute for Liturgy & Music (AILM).

DR. VIRGINIA TSAI

Associate Professor of Composition and Music Education

Dr. Virginia Tsai is an Associate Professor teaching composition and arranging, music education, and piano courses. She has been a faculty of the School of Church Music since January 2010.
Her choral compositions and arrangements include Prayers of the Saints, Tenebrae: A Musical Commentary to Philippians 2:6-11, Be Thou My Vision (A Musical Commentary). She also writes short solo and choral works, including Psalm 23 and I’d Rather Have Jesus. She is a co-compiler in the recently-published bilingual choral collection, Where Two or Three Parts Are Gathered.

MR. TONY CHONG

Adjunct Lecturer for Worship Team

Mr. Tony Chong attended Bartley Christian Church (Singapore) since a teen in the youth fellowship.  Today he serves as full-time staff of the same church as Worship Arts and Creative Director. 

It was whilst serving at a music outreach rally in 1996, that Tony received God’s call to “bring the unchanging gospel to an ever-changing culture” (1 Cor 9:19-23).  Since then, God has led him to different parts of South East Asia to evangelize and equip local churches in music outreach and worship. By the grace of God, Tony mentors and influences worship and music leaders, in seminaries, schools of church music, and churches across Singapore and East Asia.  His goal is that these leaders become missional and Christ-committed followers. 

DR. MING SOOHOO

SBC School of Church Music Counselor

Dr. Ming SooHoo is a missionary serving in Singapore for the past 10 years. She is a trained Christian Counsellor with an EdD and MAC. She is a senior counsellor at the Haven Counselling Centre of Singapore Bible College. She has been especially providing counselling services for the students in the school of music since 2012 and did research on church music leaders.

TOPICS

INTEREST GROUPS A

A1. REVITALIZED : BRINGING NEW LIFE INTO WORSHIP SERVICES

Speaker : Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap
Recommended for : worship leaders, church leaders, pastors

Worship services do not have to be ritualistic, boring, and meaningless. It can be revitalized so that your congregation will be able to say with the psalmist: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to he house of the LORD.” (Ps 122:1). In this session, learn the principles and ideas to bring new life into your services.

A2. LAMP-BEARERS AND SALT-SHAKERS: THE CHRISTIAN CONDUCTOR'S BEHAVIOR IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

Speaker : Dr. Joel Navarro
Recommended for : choir conductors

This session shall address the following questions: how can the Christian musician’s attitude in worship carry over to the public sphere? Is it any different than behaving in our churches? What things do we need to be careful about in an increasingly post-modern, post-Christian, multicultural and pluralistic world?

A3. PERFECTIONISM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

Speaker: Dr. Ming SooHoo
Recommended for: all participants

Among Christian musicians, there is a refusal to accept substandard performance. This is known as perfectionism. This is a common struggle among performing artists that betters their art but batters their heart. This seminar will talk on how to appreciate one’s limitation when persevering towards self-artistic development without falling into the adverse outcome of perfectionism.

A4. A NEW HEART IN OLD SONGS: CONTEMPORIZING HYMNS FOR CLASSICALLY-TRAINED PIANISTS

Speaker: Dr. Virginia Tsai
Recommended for: Classically-Trained Pianist

Classically-trained pianists often struggle with playing hymns in contemporary styles. Learn techniques and ideas on how to do this for congregational singing and improvisations.

A5. WORSHIP BAND 1 : BUILDING STRONGER TEAM CULTURE

Speaker: Mr. Tony Chong
Recommended for: worship team

Many misunderstandings and relational conflicts that we experience in ministry are rooted in differing expectations. In this session, we look at biblical principles and practical wisdom to open up the lines of communication and accept each others’ personality differences to build a united worship team.

A6. DEMYSTIFYING MILLENNIALS: CAN WE REALLY?

Speaker: Pastor Joseph Lee
Recommended for: Church Leaders and Pastors

Explore the recent observations of the millennial mindset, and their attitudes to life and faith. How can the church keep pace with these developments in order to remain relevant to this next generation? Join this dialogue on culture and church; on serving and worship.

INTEREST GROUPS B

B1. SING LIKE NEVER BEFORE: DEVELOPING A SINGING CONGREGATION

Speaker: Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap
Recommended for : song leaders, worship leaders, church leaders, pastor

How do you encourage the congregation to participate in singing in spirit and in truth during worship services? Join this session to find time-tested answers.

B2. RING UNTO THE LORD A NEW GONG: INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP

Speaker: Mr. Eudenice Palaruan
Recommended for: song leaders, worship leaders, musicians

In this session, we get to experience integration in worship, where local modes with local instruments accompany songs of praise, where indigenous tapestry and dances of different traditions adorn a worship event. This is a preview of what is mentioned in the book of Revelations that every nation, tribe and tongue will gather and offer praise before the throne and before the Lamb.

B3. WHO AM I: BUILDING HEALTHY SELF-WORTH

Speaker: Dr. Ming SooHoo
Recommended for: all participants

This worskshop empowers you for discovering your authentic self, for living a happy and significant life. Let’s find out what is holding you back.

B4. VOLUNTEER CHOIR : A MINISTRY OF HEART AND VOICE

Speaker: Dr. Virginia Tsai
Recommended for: choir conductors

Explore creative and practical ideas to address common choir problems and to make choir rehearsals more meaningful and life-changing.

B5. WORSHIP BAND 2 : RENEWED MUSIC AND REFRESHING OUR CREATIVITY

Speaker: Mr. Tony Chong
Recommended for: worship team

Using a live worship band demonstration, attendees will learn the creative process behind arranging music for contemporary worship by exploring different sounds and styles of today.

B6. TOOLS FOR LEADING DEVOTION: HELP FOR THE DESPERATE DEVOTION DESIGNER

Speaker: Pastor Joseph Lee
Recommended for: music leaders

Explore engaging and creative ways to prepare devotions which impart, impact, and inspire the music ministry.

PLENARY

PLENARY I : FOR THIS PURPOSE

Speaker : Pastor Joseph Lee

If God could use Pharaoh for His purpose, would God also use us to fulfill His kingdom plan? Join us on a journey through the palace walls of Egypt, to look into the dark recesses of our own hearts.

PLENARY II : MORE THAN JUST MUSIC : A DISCIPLE-MAKING MUSIC MINISTRY FOR THE 21ST-CENTURY CHURCH

Speaker : Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap

                                     Music plays a crucial part in God’s kingdom agenda and disciple-making. Discover its roles through a study of Scriptures and its application through sharing of stories.

PLENARY III : AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE

Speaker : Pastor Joseph Lee

When the Body of Christ gathers, does God have only one favourite style for worship? Is God please with worshippers who are awestruck in silence, with hearty singing, with the blasting pipe organ, or the rhythms of tribal instruments?

As generational and cultural differences seem to divide the church wider apart, does the Bible hold clues to how we can worship together? Looking through the examples of worship culture across generations from Scriptures, let us explore how we may offer to God a worship which pleases Him and which honours every level of the church family.

PLENARY IV : THE CONDUCTOR'S BATON AND THE SHEPHERD'S STAFF: LOOKING INTO THE TRUE PURPOSE OF OUR CALLING AS MUSIC LEADERS

Speaker : Mr. Eudenice Palaruan

A conductor is portrayed carrying a baton: a symbol of authority. But many do not know that the honorable sceptre originated from a humble shepherd’s rod with a purpose of guiding the flock. This session will lead us back into our true calling as disciples of Christ and as pastors of God’s people.

PLENARY V : SERVANTS, SHEPHERDS, STEWARDS: MODELS OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Selah session speakers speak about their multifaceted-leadership roles in their spheres of ministry and influence.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

MORNING WORSHIP

Experience how worship, music ministries and servant leadership can be through demonstrations and leadership in worship.

ROLE PLAY AND CASE STUDIES

Discuss applications of God’s kingdom agenda through case studies.

REHEARSAL AND READING SESSIONS

More than just reading sessions of choral and congregational works, these rehearsals allow participants to personally experience and learn from the spiritual-musical-servant leadership as modelled by all speakers. This will culminate with the closing service and hymn festival.

GROUP DISCUSSION

Recharge and recommit for ministry through interaction with God’s people.

HYMN FESTIVAL

What is your only comfort in life and death? This enquiry begs a response that forms the core of the life of the Christian believer. The question begins the Heidelberg Catechism, framing through simple and devotional language the core identity, purpose, and commitment of every follower of Jesus Christ.

Through an enriching exchange of contemporary and traditional heartsongs for congregations and powerful anthems for choirs, this hymn festival and closing worship service answers and affirms that the children of God are not their own, but belong, body and soul, in life and in death, to their faithful Savior. The participants will be both the choir and congregation.

Timetable

October 03

10:00 – 13:00 Re-Registration
13:00 – 13:45 Welcome and Opening Worship
13:45 – 14:45

Plenary 1:

For This Purpose

14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:00 Group Discussion 1
16:00 – 16:15 Snack
16:15 – 17:15 Role Play and Case Studies
17:15 – 18:30 Rehearsal & Reading Session 1 (Choral Works)
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:00

Plenary 2:

More Than Just Music:
A Disciple-Making Music Ministry for the 21St -Century Church

21:00 Blessed Night

October 04

08:00 – 08:45 Morning Worship
08:45 – 10:15 Rehearsal and Reading Session 2 (Choral Works)
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00

Interest Groups A:

1 Revitalized: Bringing New Life Into Worship Services

2 Lamp-bearers and Salt-shakers: The Christian Conductor’s Behavior
in the Public Sphere

3 Perfectionism: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

4 A New Heart In Old Songs: Contemporizing Hymns for Classically-Trained Pianists

5 Worship Band 1: Building Stronger Team Culture

6 Demystifying Millennials: Can We Really?

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:15 Phototaking
13:15 – 15:15

Rehearsal and Reading Session 3

(Congregational Songs)

15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00

Interest Groups B:

1 Sing Like Never Before: Developing A Singing Congregation

2 Ring Unto the Lord a New Gong: Indigenous Expressions of Worship

3 Who Am I: Building Healthy Self-Worth

4 Volunteer Choir: A Ministry of Heart and Voice

5 Worship Band 2:
Renewed Music  and Refreshing Our Creativity

6 Tools for Leading Devotion: Help for the Desperate Devotion
Designer

17:00 – 18:00 Group Discussion 2
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:00

Plenary 3:

As For Me and My House

21:00 Blessed Night

October 05

08:00 – 08:30 Morning Worship
08:30 – 09:30

Plenary 4 :

The Conductor’s Baton and the Shepherd’s Staff: Looking into the True Purpose of Our Calling as Music Leaders

09:30 – 09:45 Sharing on the M.Min. in Worship and Music Leadership Progamme
09:45 – 11:00 Plenary 5:

Servants, Shepherds, Stewards:
Models of Servant Leadership
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Group Discussion by Church
12:00 – 12:10 Break
12:10 – 12:25 Closing Worship
12:25 – 12:30 Thank you
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Free Time
16:00 – 18:00 Dress Rehearsal
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
19:30 – 21:00

Hymn Festival

I am Not My Own

TESTIMONY

HOW TO REGISTER

REGISTRATION

Via online in bit.ly/selahsurabaya

Payment

Via transfer to BCA - 829-1222-889 a.n. Lie Fung Mie and upload receipt to Secretariat 0877-8470-2019

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Registration number will be send to your email

Registration Calling

Super Early Bird

28 Juni - 31 Juli 2019

Rp. 700.000

Early Bird

01 August - 31 August 2019

Rp. 900.000

Regular

01 September - 15 September 2019

Rp. 1.100.000

CONTACT INFO

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