Worship and Music


Worship 4:24

424About 5 hours east of Springfield Illinois is Springfield Ohio. About 10 miles north is Cedarville, home of Cedarville University. Cedarville University is a fine Christian University with an excellent school of music and church worship.

For the past 8 years, Cedarville University along with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio have teamed up to present a national worship leaders training event called Worship 4/24. The event was named after the scripture found in John 4:24. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

I have had the privilege of attending the past 4 years and recommend the conference highly.  Gateway Worship and Mike Harland are the large group leaders for the event. Additionally, 4/24 offers nearly 100 breakouts for worship leaders, technology teams, and musicians led by nationally known leaders in their field. Of all the conferences I have attended, this one has been one of the most practical and helpful.

To encourage Illinois Baptist to attend, I will arrange and pay for ground transportation from Springfield, leaving IBSA Thursday, January 26, (4 p.m.) and returning Saturday evening, January 28 (7 p.m.. Each attender would be responsible for registering and paying for the conference ($40 for adults, $20 for students), their food, and hotel. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn in Springfield, OHIO for Thursday and Friday night at the rate of only $79 plus tax. The hotel will hold the block until December 27. Fortunately, there are many hotels nearby so if the hotel is full, you can make arrangements elsewhere.

Comfort Suites – Springfield, OH
121 Raydo Circle

Springfield, OH 45506

Rate: $79 if you mention Cedarville University

Amenities: All room suites hotel, complimentary hot deluxe breakfast, high speed internet, an indoor heated pool, and fully equipped fitness center.

Once you have registered for the event, you will need to confirm with me for transportation. I need to know by the end of December if you are going to ride with us so I can make appropriate arrangements. Please e-mail me at SteveHamrick@IBSA.org and let me know how many people you are bringing.

Church Technology Conference 2017

CHurch Technology(1)

February 18, 2017
IBSA Building, Springfield

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Welcome to the digital age. Using technology in your ministry can be a challenge or a blessing depending on how well you know the media with which you are working. The Church Technology Conference will provide training in several areas of technology. This conference is designed for both staff and lay volunteers.

Click here for the list of Breakout Topics / Sessions

The cost is only $10. Register your team early - this conference fills to capacity each year.

If you need to arrive on Friday night, here is a list of nearby hotels:
Hampton Inn (Shares a parking lot with IBSA)
3185 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
Springfield, IL  62703
Phone: (217) 529-1100
IBSA Rate: $85 +tax

Drury Inn
3180 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
Springfield, IL  62703
Phone: (217) 529-3900

Country Inn and Suites
3092 Stevenson Dr.
Springfield, IL  62703
Phone: (217) 544-5151

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Upcoming Worship and Music Events

Mark Your Calendar!

January 24-25 - Illinois Leadership Summit - IBSA

January 27-28 - Worship 4:24 - Cedarville University, OH

February 18 - Church Technology Conference - IBSA

March 31 - Deadline to audition for All State Youth Choir

April 22-23 - All State Youth Choir Retreat, Bethalto First Baptist

July 10-14 - Summer Worship University, Hannibal La Grange

July 15-21 - All State Youth Choir Mission Tour, Illinois


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All State Youth Choir 2017 information

Youth-Choir-tee 17Are you a student grades 9-12 active in your SBC church? Do you sing and want to join a choir full of God-loving, Jesus sharing, new best friends? Then sign up today for the All State Youth Choir tour next summer July 15-21.

Requirements to join:

Audition - Fill out this form and send us an audition recording to SteveHamrick@IBSA.org

All State Retreat, April 22-23 - This will be held at First Baptist, Bethalto. You will get your music, practice Saturday and sing in Sunday morning serivce.

Summer Worship University, July 10-14 - This is held at Hannibal La Grange University and open to all students grades 6-12. You will attend class and worship along with practice for tour.

All State Youth Choir Mission Tour - We are on our homecoming tour this year traveling Illinois, singing at IBSA churches and do mission projects several place along the way.

Summer Worship University 2017


Hannibal La Grange University, Hannibal, MO

Grades 6-12

Cost: $225

Summer Worship University will be July 10-14, 2017 at Hannibal La Grange University, MO. We will have Jonathan & Emily Martin as our guest speakers and worship leaders. There will be about 30 classes to choose from covering such subjects as piano, guitar, drums, art, movement, worship and Bible studies, sharing your faith, band, voice, worship leading and much more. SWU helps students to lead worship in their home churches.

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See you at SWU!
Steve Hamrick

Steve_Hamrick_web Director of Worship
 and Technology
 Church Resources Team
 (217) 391-3132

Debbie Muller

Debbie_Muller_web Ministry Assistant
 Church Resouces Team
 (217) 391-3126

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