April 6-9, 2016 Check out the schedule here.
Hear Bob Goff speak along with so many other amazing speakers and instructors. Enjoy wonderful singing and recharge your spiritual batteries.
The Alaska Lectureship is hosted in a different region each year. Last year, Sharon and I were fortunate to participate when it was hosted in Fairbanks. One characteristic of this gathering that was very evident was the appeal to families! Unlike so many lectureships that only attract the more mature of our number, this gathering reminds me of the early days of our young family trips to huge annual events.
This year, the Anchorage Church of Christ, who hosted the very first one in 1964, will be in charge of the 2016 lectures. To build upon this beautiful concept of families attending big events together, the Anchorage church has decided to plan the Alaska Youth Forum 2016 to coincide with the annual lectureship. This will ensure that families, who would like to participate in both events, are provided a convenient opportunity to experience both events while only having to budget for one trip. Here is an article from Bobby Ross, Jr. who wrote about their 50th anniversary back in 2014.
Last year, we enjoyed being with the Northern Lights Church who hosted the Statewide Lectureship along with a Praise & Harmony Workshop.
April 22-24, 2016
To register, e-mail Judy
It's hard to believe the number of teachers they secure for this event every year. It has become a standard of excellence in programming quality. This year, one of the featured speakers is N.T. Wright, of whom it is said that he "is arguably the most important theological voice in the church today."
In addition to the congregational singing in the Field House, I enjoy leading a class in Stauffer Chapel where the acoustics ring beautifully for a cappella singing.
You will notice a thread that ties together these ten huge events that I'm recommending (besides the fact we plan to attend all of these this year) is that they all feature outstanding a cappella singing. Here's a photo I took from a previous lectureship:
May 3-6, 2016 Detailed Schedule
This year, they have graciously announced discounts for ministers and song leaders: Registration for the fourth international celebration of Christian music at beautiful Pepperdine University will be free of charge to ministers and song leaders. The only charge will be for food and lodging, if needed, and for TAKE 6 concert tickets ($40). All other events will be free to these registrants.
I can't wait to hear the Grammy-award winning TAKE 6 in concert that week in California. We eagerly that week because earlier that same week we have tickets for the Pentatonix concert in Nashville, TN.
May 12-14, 2016 Schedule here
Worship leaders for this event include Acappella vocalists, Kevin Schaffer, Steve Maxwell, Jeremy Swindle, Anthony Lancaster and Robin Brannon. In fact, every evening, Acappella will be leading a "sing along" at 6 PM, so make sure you arrive early for this special time of lively congregational singing.
Our ACAFEST class line up includes:
A Spirit-Led Guide to Worship Planning - Bret Morris
Making Music in the Hood! Come learn and experience the Journey - Terry Davis
Sing a New Song - Anthony Lancaster
Worship That Is Out Of This World - Mike O’Neal
Mike O'Neal has served NASA in studying the spiritual implications of space travel and is an outstanding resource for special Christian events.
Singing groups will include Durant, Acappella, Shadow Vox and Impression. Acafest / Summer Celebration is definitely another family-oriented summer destination that will bless your lives.
June 29 - July 1, 2016
How will I manage to be part of both of these concurrent events? I'll be co-leading worship with our son, Anthony in Nashville on Wednesday night, then sing with Acappella and teach Praise & Harmony classes on Thursday at Lipscomb. We'll fly to Florida as Friday, Saturday and Sunday I'm assigned to lead worship for Equip, directed by my friend, Phil Barnes. Equip happens every other year.
June 30 - July 3, 2016
Our first experience attending this event was last year's forum, hosted in the Philippines. This year, AMF will take place in Malaysia and will feature an edifying combination of instruction, worship and sharing. Dr Evertt Huffard of Harding School of Theology will be the primary resources speaker.
Sharon and I are so very blessed to meet Christians from numerous nations and fellowship with our brothers and sisters from across Asia.
July 28 - August 1, 2016
September 25-28, 2016
We look forward to the "family reunion" that takes place every year in early October in Edmond, Oklahoma!
October 2-4, 2016
Next year happens to be Acappella's 35th anniversary so we have a special time in store! Meet Christians from around the world and enjoy a cruise with a bunch of Christians! Sign up today.
January 23-28, 2017
Check out this link for the brochure cruise details.
One additional event that we regularly attend is Sunset's Vision Workshop in Lubbock, Texas. We enjoy being a part of this annual gathering designed to equip church leaders in God's work. Next year's theme: Not Ashamed.
January 18-21, 2017
Well, there you have not ten, but eleven big events that can bless your life. How about carving out time in your busy calendar to attend one of these refreshing, recharging and renewing events?