In partnership with Integrity Music and Transparent Productions, award-winning songwriter, artist, and worship leader Matt Redman launches WOR/TH, a unique series aimed to equip and encourage songwriters, worship leaders, musicians, pastors, and worship teams.
Created by Redman to come back to both the heart and the mind of worship, the first of the WOR/TH series will kick off as a one-day worship and theology seminar on Wednesday, October 25 at the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.
The day will consist of Redman instructing the art of songwriting alongside Pat Barrett ("Build My Life," "Good Good Father") and Jason Ingram (writer of "King of Kings," "Great Are You Lord"), two of the church's most prolific songwriters. Additionally, W. David O. Taylor, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and author, will be teaching theology.
"These days, I think it's possible to present a really good argument that Worship music has taken some ground when it comes to relevance, production levels, and creativity," Matt Redman shares. "But when we look at the lyrical content of our songs, and in particular the weightiness of what we're saying, I'm not sure we measure up quite as well. I think this is the most crucial battle right now in worship music. We simply can't allow the glory of Jesus to be diluted down in our songs - we've got to fight for something purer, and deeper. When we get it right - writing and choosing songs that are biblical, poetic, and relevant - the truth of what we sing will have such a transformative effect on the singing Church. This is the heart behind WOR/TH - a series of gatherings pursuing healthy, honouring, and helpful theology in our worship music. I would love to see these rooms filled with songwriters, worship leaders, pastors, and musicians who share that same passion."
Held in the Museum of the Bible's state-of-the-art theater, Redman adds, "I'll be joined by my friends Pat Barrett and Jason Ingram - two of the most prolific worship songwriters of this generation. We'll also be joined by W. David O. Taylor - a leading academic mind in the area of worship theology. All of this and the opportunity also to explore the uniquely inspiring environment of the Museum, I'm beyond excited for these events and really hope they can be a reckoning force for the glory of our God."
A special pre-sale for the inaugural seminar begins this Friday, August 4 at 10am local time (pre-sale code: WORTH). The general on-sale date will kick off on Monday, August 7. All seminar tickets include entrance to the museum.
More 'WOR/TH' events will follow in 2024, both around the USA and abroad. For more information, please visit worthworship.com.