From May 9-11, 2019, Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary (UETS) held its 5th international Music in Worship conference.
The tagline of this year’s conference was Be a Voice, Not an Echo. According to Fred Heumann, a great friend of UETS and founder of Music in Worship, the conference, aimed at finding a unique national worship style, has made great strides on meeting the objectives that were set for it at its genesis five years ago.
A similar evaluation was given by Rob Still, one of the conference speakers who has been traveling from America to Ukraine every year to teach conference participants how to write songs. According to him, writing Ukrainian worship songs is essential.
Maryna Yarmolenko, Head of the Department of Music Ministry, commented, “I believe that it is God’s will that we are gathered here. Holding the 5th conference in a row itself is a miracle. I know that God is here and is working in us.”
This year, ten well-known Ukrainian writers, composers, performers, worship leaders, project coordinators and teachers, such as Bria Blessing, Andrey Chmut, Hryfel Andriy, Vladislav Budeev, Anna Kindzerska and Sergei Lvov, contributed to the event by conducting seminars or workshops.
The international team of speakers from the USA and Great Britain was larger this year than ever before. Besides guests like Fred Heumann, Steve Tompson, Rob Still, David J Silber and Jeremy Perigo, who have taught yearly at the conference, seminars and workshops this year were also conducted by Steven Brooks and the couple of Myron and Carol Goodwin, who organized a prayer room available to conference participants. Matthias Jäger, a young pastor and songwriter from Germany, also joined the team. Music in Worship is becoming more international and keeps getting better!
While five years have already passed since our first conference, it feels like we are just getting started. Our desire is that the small seed being sown at this conference today will one day grow into a great tree full of birds singing it its crown.