Music Ministry Conference



Equip’s Music Ministry conference is back in 2020 with 2 days of gospel-centred biblical training for musicians, singers, pastors, and leaders. The conference features biblical teaching on the nature of church and worship, practical training on how to play effectively, and a free concert that demonstrates what this all looks like in practice. We are delighted to once again partner with EMU Music to run the EMU Word In Song as part of the conference.



– 11 January 2020
9:30AM – 5PM (Registration @ 9AM)

Free Concert:
Friday 10 January, 2020
7:30pm – 9:30pm (Doors open @ 7pm)



Heritage Centre, PJ



1-day only 1-day (group) 2-days 2-days  (group) Concert Only
Early (by 10th December) RM 70 RM 60 RM 120 RM 110 FREE
Normal RM 80 RM 70 RM 140 RM 120 FREE
Late (at the door) RM 85 RM 150 FREE




Friday 10th January 2020)

DAY 2            [EMU Word In Song]

Saturday 11th  January 2020

9:30am – Singing/Bible Talk (John 4:1-26)

10:15am – Morning Tea

10:45am – All In: “Church & Worship”

12:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Elective 1

– History of Christian Music

– Is This a Good Song?

– How Do I Know If I’ve Really Worshipped?

– Hymns For Today

2:45pm – Break

3:00pm – Elective 2

– Songwriting

– Leading a team

– Song selection & planning a service

4:30pm – Closing Session / Singing

5:00pm – End


9:30 am – Singing/Bible Talk – “Singing in Mind & Spirit (1 Corinthians 14)

10:15am – All In: “Song Leaders of the Bible”

10:45am – Morning Tea

11:15am – Church Music Masterclass (with Q & A)

12:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm –Elective 1

– Piano for Church

– Song Leading

– Music for Kids & Youth

– Drums & Bass

2:45pm – Break

3:00pm  Elective 2

– The Ministry of Sound

– Song Leading

– Leading from Guitar

– Drums & Bass

4:30pm – Closing session / Singing

5:00pm – End



A warm and intimate evening for the whole church – where the EMU team will talk a lot about the song writing process, how the bible feeds into their songs, and why we sing in church. Come along for a wonderful evening of singing God’s word in song to his glory, and learn some new songs to bring back to your church along the way.



1. History of Christian Music

Down through the centuries God’s people have sung! From Psalms to Planetshakers, via Gregorian chant and the Wesleys. This workshop takes you on a tour of Christian music through the ages – what we’ve sung and why. We’ll talk theology, tradition, and cultural context, and learn how previous generations responded to issues not that different from our own.


2. Is This a Good Song?

What makes a church song “good”? A catchy tune? How it makes us feel? And do the words matter? Join this workshop to think about about what makes for a good congregational song, and learn to recognize common mistakes we can make in choosing songs that aren’t really helpful.


3. How Do I Know If I’ve Really Worshipped?

Often, we think that successful worship is about creating a particular experience – with the right repetitions, the right key, and the right atmosphere. And real worship involves being emotionally moved by the music. Is this what worship is all about? Or have we missed something? Come and think about the right place of emotion in our congregational music, and how music can arouse the emotions in helpful and unhelpful ways.


4. Hymns For Today

Among the rich heritage we have received from Christians before us are Christian Hymns. These songs are often filled with wonderful words, but the musical style can feel foreign. Come along to learn fresh approaches to enjoying hymns in church today.


5. Songwriting 

How do you get started in writing a song for congregational worship? Come and be trained by experienced songwriters who can share their experience and help you to develop your skills!


6. Leading a team

Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of the music director, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, how to partner with the pastor, as well thinking about your own personal holiness and development.


7. Song selection & planning a service

Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is a bit of a lost art. There is so much to consider when picking songs week in and week out – and it can be hard to keep it all in mind! In this workshop we will think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church service and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week.


8. Piano for Church

For many churches the piano is the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But often we lack the skills to turn years of lessons and exams into playing in a helpful style for church leading. We’ll look at contemporary keyboard techniques and discuss how and when to leave the score behind! We’ll also discuss the differences between playing on your own and in a band.


9. Song Leading

Many consider the song leader to be the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will look at the Biblical basis for having a song leader, but will aim to spend most of our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well – including mic technique, what to say, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go!


10. Music for Kids & Youth

What difference does it make to play music for kids & youth? How do we choose music that engages kids & youth, but remains biblically faithful? Come along to find out how to effectively engage the hearts of young people with God’s word in song.


11. Drums & Bass

What does it take to create a solid foundation to a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the ‘engine room’ of any church band. We will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. Bring your sticks and bass!


12. The Ministry of Sound

The single most important tools of the musician and sound operator are their ears. This session is about training your ears, and the practical implications of the church being called to hear God’s word: spoken and sung. We will consider volume, balance, the critical mass of a space, how we play for different sized congregations, how to self-mix, ambient sound, and the complexity of relationships between musicians, sound guys and congregation.


13. Leading from Guitar

This session will look at how the guitar can most effectively be used in a church band – with simple techniques for rhythm and lead playing. But we’ll also look at how to lead singing when it is just you and your instrument – whether it be in church, kid’s groups, camps or wherever.



  1. What is the refund policy?

There’s no refund if registration is cancelled or “no-show” on the day.


  1. How do I cancel my registration?

Please email to if you would like to cancel your registration.


  1. Are children allowed to attend?

We are unable to provide any child nursery. Parents are advised not to bring children to the conference.


  1. Are there resources for sale at the conference?

Yes, there will be books and CDs for sale. Payment methods accepted would be cash, Maybank QRPay, Boost, and online transfer. Credit card payment option may be available for selected items.


  1. What language is available at the conference?

All sessions will be conducted in English only, and materials will also be in English only.


  1. How do I change my electives?

Your confirmation email lets you know the electives that you have chosen. If you would like to change, please email before 3 Jan. You will not be able to change the electives at the conference.


  1. Can I transfer my registration?
  • For individuals – Registration is transferable. A top up fee will be required for all transfers after 10 Dec 2019 to cover the difference in pricing categories.
  • For groups – Registration is transferrable. RM 10 transfer fee applies to each transfer.


  1. Is food and water provided?

Morning tea and lunch will be provided for both days. Each participant will also be given a 600ml bottled water.


  1. I have other questions, who should I contact?

Please send your questions to