The East and West District is hosting a wonderful opportunity to help clergy and musicians across the Desert Southwest Conference strengthen their collaboration.
Marcia McFee and Chuck Bell are offering a ground-breaking one-day workshop that brings clergy and musicians together in a learning environment that will enrich collaborations with exciting creative processes and skills.
Saturday, March 18 at First UMC in Phoenix
5510 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Sign up: https://dscumc.org/event/collaboration-clergy-musician-workshop/
In decades of worship consultation, Dr. Marcia McFee has found that in churches where the clergy-musician relationship is healthy and collaborative, the worship life of the congregation flourishes. When it isn’t, both parties are often miserable in their ministries and the congregation’s worship suffers. In this ground-breaking workshop, Dr. McFee teams up with collaborator and music consultant Chuck Bell to offer a new way of honing practical skills and building a common vocabulary that will inspire and transform your work, your relationship, and your worship design, no matter the state of your present collaboration.
Dr. Marcia McFee (www.marciamcfee.com) is a professor, worship designer, author, preacher and ritual artist. Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies, she understands the role of any worship artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit. She is the creator and visionary of the Worship Design Studio (www.worshipdesignstudio.com/wds), an online experience of coaching, education, inspiration and a design application.
Chuck Bell (www.chuckbellmusic.com) is an accomplished keyboardist, composer and arranger who has served as a clinician, consultant, keynote speaker, music director and private instructor in church settings locally and nationally. According to Chuck, “the opportunity to play alongside others for a ‘greater’ purpose has been a driving force for my ministry.” The Chuck Bell Music Store (www.chuck-bell-music.myshopify.com) provides a variety of creative musical arrangements for church musicians.
Topics for the day: Topics covered in the workshop include: strategies for planning together and planning ahead; layering of art forms for sensory-rich communication; the matrix of choosing congregational song and ensemble/instrumental music; writing and speaking techniques that make words come alive and create more deeply spiritual worship; accompaniment techniques for making sound beds and creating artful transitions; effective song leading and verbal introductions to music.