Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in different countries of the world, including Ukraine, and all the extenuating circumstances surrounding it, this year our annual Music in Worship conference did not happen at the premises of Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, as originally planned, but, rather than being cancelled completely, was moved to an online format. We are grateful to our God who graciously worked it out for us to gather together online on May 12, 2020.

 

Scores of valuable topics that worship teams should be engaging with were addressed during the online conference which included joint worship and prayer, webinar-style presentations, panel presentations, discussions groups, etc.

 

British, American and Ukrainian speakers and instructors shared with around 130 online participants how to jointly pray and worship in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when churches and ministries are facing increasing demands and challenges.

 

Undoubtedly, we all are looking to the time when we are able to gather alive. However, we are grateful to God the opportunity to encourage and get encouraged in the online format.

 

Music in Worship Conference has been a vital part of the ministry of the UETS Department of Music for the last six years. It is aimed at equipping worship leaders, musicians and singers to embrace God’s truth about worship and champion a biblical worship worldview. 

 

“I wish I had been able to attend the conference in person,” said Dr. Steven Brooks, professor of Azusa Pacific University, Biola University and Gateway Seminary. “However, to see faces of my brothers and sisters on a screen was also incredible!”

 

In the wake of the conference, Maryna Yarmolenko, head the Department of Music, said, “Music in Worship conference is a very special event for me for several reasons. First, it is inspiring to see passion of people involved in worship in their churches.

 

Second, this year we were joined online solely by those who are not indifferent to God and theology of worship, those who ask questions and seek answers to them. It is a reminder that it is not about us.

 

Third, biblical worship is a worship of God’s people in one heart and soul. If I am a member of a worship team, I am held responsible not only for myself, but also my congregation I lead in worship. My personal theology of worship, songs I choose and their lyrics influence those I minister to.

 

Worship is not a show, but intriguing story of God through which I remind myself how great, wise and amazing our God is.”