Fort Wayne, IN (October 24, 2016)—Sweetwater recently hosted another in its series of two-day Worship Connect workshops. The sold-out event was held in the company’s Performance Theatre on its Fort Wayne, Indiana, campus.
Intended for worship leaders, technicians, and musicians, Worship Connect explored numerous topics with guest speakers and musicians. Featured artists included Jeff Sandstrom, FOH Engineer for Chris Tomlin, Passion and North Point Community Church, as well as the members of Chris Tomlin’s chart-topping worship band, with guest artist Christy Nockels and worship pastor Todd Fields. Discussions included:
Connecting the Stage: Jeff Sandstrom and Todd Fields shared best practices for stage prep, inputs and patching, line checks, sound checks, rehearsals, building a mix, managing dynamics and avoiding feedback.
Connecting the Set: Todd Fields, Christy Nockels, and the team demonstrated ways to build cohesive worship sets that make sense, tell a story, direct the music and lead the congregation.
Connecting the Music: Matt Gilder and the band explored how to build workable arrangements, organize transitions, choose proper sounds, and blend tone to complement each other’s parts.
Connecting the Team: It’s crucial to nurture healthy relationships between the FOH and the stage. Jeff Sandstrom, Todd Fields, and the band shared personal stories and practical advice on how to lead, resolve conflict and build trust across the entire worship team.
Connecting Our Hearts: Key points were summarized from each of the general sessions, with questions and answers, and an overview of how to make a meaningful time of worship.
In addition, there were more than 25 breakout sessions as varied as Songwriting; Navigating the Changing RF Landscape; Reproducing Leaders; Maximizing Your Mix; Choosing the Right Sounds; Digital Mixers You can Afford; Guide to Ableton & MultiTracks; Building Relationships with Other Teams in Your Community; and more.
Worship Connect was co-sponsored by Waves, Bose, Shure, PreSonus, Roland, Digital Audio Labs, Ableton, MultiTracks, RemedyLIVE, The Church Collective, All Pro Sound, Brotherhood Mutual, iConnectivity and Cornerstone Media.
The next Worship Connect event at Sweetwater, scheduled for April 27-28, 2017, will feature artists Shane & Shane.