Music ministers band together, share ideas at roundtable discussions


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Being a church worship leader can feel a little isolating, said a music consultant with Kentucky Baptist Convention, and one way to remedy that is by holding regional get-togethers.

On Tuesday, music ministry leaders gathered at KBC's headquarters in Louisville to share common struggles and resources to help them better serve their respective churches. It was the third in a series of regional Worship & Music Roundtable discussions.

"These guys and gals are on their own a lot and they don't get to hang out with people that understand them," said KBC Worship & Music Consultant Jason "Bubba" Stewart. "It's good for them to get together,. It's good for them to network."

Stewart said one of the hot topics for Louisville-area worship leaders was how to use multiple projectors to create environmental scenes in the sanctuary.

"It's a way of transforming the sanctuary without having to do different stage changes," Stewart said.

The visual effect can envelope a stage with a tranquil, green pasture and in the flash of a light become an urban setting.

Another takeaway for the group was the answer of what to do with all that outdated sound equipment, like wireless mics.

The Federal Communications Commission has begun restricting the use of wireless microphones in the 600 MHz service band to meet increasing demand for wireless broadband services nationwide. Users of these types of equipment will be required to cease operation no later than July 13, 2020, and may be required to cease operation sooner if they could cause interference.

Stewart said music ministers were talking about what to do with all their mics still in good working order.  

"They are finding churches in South America and Africa that can still use the equipment," Stewart said. "How creative. They are finding these places, bundling it all up and shipping to a congregation that could really use them. What a great way to share our resources with sisters and brothers around the world."

Stewart was in Lexington on Wednesday meeting with worship leaders at Porter Memorial Baptist Church. The next two Worship & Music Roundtable meetings will be held on Feb. 12 at Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah and Feb. 13 at Owensboro's Bellevue Baptist Church. Both meetings get underway at 9:30 a.m. CST.


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