Worship and Music


Upcoming Worship and Music Events

Mark Your Calendar!  Print a Worship & Music calendar plus resources brochure (11x17)

September 15 - African American Worship Workshop, Uptown Baptist Church, Chicago 7-9 pm

September 18-19 - Refresh, Worship leaders training, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, MO

September 22 - BASIC-M (Basic Assistance Specifically in Church Music) Workshop at Effingham First

October 11 - Youth Encounter

October 23-24 - Kids Ministry Resource Conference (breakouts for children's choir and music leaders)

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African American Worship Workshop

Uptown Baptist Church

September 15, 7-9 pm

The workshop will provide a forum for worship leaders to discuss the worship ministry needs specifically in the predominately African American Baptist Church.  Lifeway is sponsoring Roy Cotton Jr. from Dallas Texas who is a music director, producer and specialist in gospel music.  In addition IBSA has arranged to have Andrae Ambrose from Chicago.  Andrea is a minister of music, songwriter and a record producer.  Steve Hamrick, director of Worship for IBSA will host the event at historic Uptown Baptist Church, Michael Allen, pastor.

We will offer training and discussion on Biblical Worship within the Culture of the African American church, Organization and Administration of Music Ministries, Team Building, Leading Choirs, Bands and Praise Teams, Making a Disciple Building Ministry and Dealing with (Difficult) People among other subjects.

There is no cost for the event but we ask you to register. This workshop will be focused on the needs the African-American part-time worship leader but anyone is invited to attend.  Bring your pastor and worship team.


Refresh - Worship Arts Conference

Refresh Logo1Friday & Saturday, September, 18-19, 2015

Roland Fine Arts Center, Hannibal-Lagrange University, Hannibal, MO

Featured Guests: Rick Hedger, Missional Evangelism/Discipeship Team Leader for Missouri Baptist Convention and Travis Cottrell, Worship Pastor, Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, TN

Cost to attend is just $50; includes 3 breakout sessions, worship with Travis Cottrell, and coffee and snacks.

Print the brochure for the schedule, complete list of speakers/presenters, and lodging information. register now blue

About Worship and Church Technology Ministries

To the praise of His Glorious Grace (Ephesians 1:6)

The purpose of the IBSA's Worship and Church Technology Ministries is to equip and encourage individual leaders, churches, IBSA zones, and associations to fulfill the God-given mandate to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth using a wide variety of worship arts including music, drama, visual art, and media in order to lead believers in worship and draw non-believers (seekers or lost) to salvation.

We offer many trainings and seminars during the year including statewide, IBSA Zone, local association or by individual church.  Look on our calendar page to see what training or conference is scheduled next.

Many of us are on Facebook, so we have made an Illinois Baptist Worship Leaders, A Summer Worship University, and an IBSA All State Youth Choir Facebook page for information sharing, blogging and affinity. We also produce a blog ( and podcast (

We seek to train and encourage leaders to use music more effectively as a gospel tool to reach people for Christ and build more passionate disciples and worshippers. It is our zeal to teach that worship is not a style but an experience with God by establishing, enlarging, and improving the quality of worship and the music ministry in the local church.

To accomplish these ministry goals, we will offer worship leader's retreats, affinities, and workshops to train and encourage full-time, part-time, and volunteer worship leaders in available literature, worship trends, problem solving and team building. The Illinois Baptist Singing Churchmen serves as not only a performance organization designed to give Illinois church musicians an opportunity to sing together, but will offer a network for fellowship and skill building. The Singing Churchmen group is open to all Illinois Baptist Men, not just professional music ministers.

Young leaders will be trained via Summer Worship University, All-State Choir and Mission tour, instrumental and vocal workshops. We want to serve and encourage you in accomplishing your God-given mandate to reach the lost and strengthen the church.

If you need more details about any event, please do not hesitate to call Debbie at (217) 391-3126 or Steve at (217) 391-3132.


Steve Hamrick

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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