Customize your schedule! Choose workshops from the following list of tracks:


  • 8 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Congregation’s Worship – Dr. Marva Dawn
  • A Vision for Worship – Tim Hughes & Ben Cantelon, Worship Central
  • Conversations about Contemporary Worship Leadership – Bill & Gloria Gaither, Dr. Chuck Fromm, Dr. Tony Payne, Zac Hicks
  • Creating a Culture of Worship –  Buddy Owens
  • Getting Your Church to Sing - Steve & Shawn Reed
  • God’s Recipe for Worship – Vernon Whaley, Liberty University
  • Growing A Ministry In A Digital World – Wisdom Moon
  • Guiding Your Church Through a Worship Transition – Guiding Your Church Through a Worship Transition – Tom Kraeuter
  • I’m A Worship Leader, Now What? – Rich Kirkpatrick
  • Inductive vs Deductive Worship: How to Invited People to OWN Their Response to Jesus – Tim Timmons, Courtesy of Essential Worship
  • Jesus, Our Worship Leader – Dr. Vernon Whaley, Liberty University
  • Leading a Small Church –  Steve Reed
  • Leading by Letting Go – Dr. Reggie Kidd
  • Mentoring: It’s Not What You Think – Stan Endicott, Slinghot Group
  • Navigating Conflict in Ministry Teams – Mark Aardsma
  • Presentation Vs. Performance – The Worship Together Band
  • Speaking to One Another: The Space in Between – Dr. Tony Payne
  • Student-led Worship Teams –  Wisdom Moon
  • Teaching Kids to Worship –  Steve & Shawn Reed
  • Team Growth & Volunteers – Rich Kirkpatrick
  • The Birth of Innovation – Great Atkinson
  • The Effective Team - Tim Hughes & Ben Cantelon
  • The Ever Changing Role of the 21st Century Worship Leader – Dr. Vernon Whaley, Liberty University
  • The Journey of Worship: Reaching the Same Destination in Every Season – Meredith Andrews, Courtesy of Word Worship
  • The Worship Service Makeover - Rick Muchow, Ultimate Ears
  • Training the Next Generation of Worship Leaders – Roger O’Neel, Cedarville University
  • Vertical and Horizontal Worship – Dr. Craig Gilbert
  • Yesterday’s Worship Leaders Speak to Leaders Today – Dr. Lester Ruth

Worship Study 

  • Biblical Worship: Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs – Dr. Reggie Kidd
  • Reframing the Worship ConversationL Content, Sturcture and Stye – Jim Hart, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
  • The Too-Often Missing Element of Worship – Tom Kraeuter
  • Using the Past – Reggie Kidd

Personal Growth

  • Artistic Temperament: Friend or Foe? – Rory Noland
  • Coaching: Loving Your Job – Stan Endicott, Slingshot Group
  • Fuel the Dream – Debby Berry
  • I Really Don’t Like These People – Gareth Goossen, Make Us Holy
  • The Way of a Worshiper: How to Stay Motivated for Ministry – Buddy Owens
  • Worship As Discipleship – Eric Wyse

Worship Planning

  • Balancing What’s ‘New and Hot’ with ‘What’s Us and What’s Not’  - Tim Foot, Slingshot Group
  • Church Music And The Copyright Law: Making Sense Of It All – Paul Herman, CCLI
  • Creating Flow in Worship – Dr. Craig Gilbert
  • Liturgy & Worship – Craig Gilbert & David Gungor
  • Organization and Planning for the Creative Mind – Aaron Stewart, Planning Center Services
  • Singing as Communication – Dr. Craig Gilbert
  • The Songs God Loves: Selecting Powerful Songs For Worship - Craig Dunnagan, Integrity Music
  • You Are What you Sing! Curating the Songs of Your Church – Eric Wyse


  • Recording Your Own Demos and Tracks – Matt McCoy,


  • But It Sounds So Easy! Songwriting for Congregational Worship – Jennie Lee Riddle & Michael Farren
  • Making the Old New – Lance Winkler
  • Song Discovery Panel – Jeremy Armstrong & Guests
  • Songwriting -   Paul Baloche
  • Songwriting Tuned to God’s Story in Your Congregation – Bill & Gloria Gaither
  • The Art of Co-Writing – Jennie Lee Riddle, Dustin Smith & Michael Farren



  • Acoustic Guitar in Worship: Steel & Nylon String – Erick Hailstone, Yamaha Corp of America
  • Advanced Class for Ableton Live – Will Doggett,
  • Bass Guitar – Paul Finazzo
  • Beyond the Piano: Expanding Your Pallet – Ed Kerr, Yamaha Corp of America
  • Drums – Carl Albrecht
  • Electric Guitar – Erick Hailstone, Yamaha Corp of America
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Keyboard – Ed Kerr, Yamaha Corp of America
  • Leading Effective Worship Team Rehearsals – Will Doggett,
  • Motif XF Master Class – Ed Kerr, Yamaha Corp of America
  • MultiTracks and LoopTracks in Worship – Matt McCoy,
  • Using MultiTracks in Live Worship: Foundations, Gear, and Tips – Will Doggett,

Vocal Arts

  • Ensemble Singing – Scott & Vonda Dyer
  • Vocal Coaching – Scott & Vonda Dyer
  • Vocal Health – Diane Sheets
  • Vocal Style – Scott & Vonda Dyer
  • Vocal Technique – Scott & Vonda Dyer


  • Children’s Choirs that Grow Worshipers for Life - Christy Semsen, Word Music Publications & Church Resources
  • Enlisting the Worship Army – Cliff Durren, Word Music Publications & Church Resources
  • Youth Choirs Cause Your Church to Grow! – Stan Endicott, Slingshot Group


Visual Arts

  • Building Better Presentations – Camron Ware
  • The Visual Worship Leader – Aaron West, MediaShout
  • Visual Liturgy: Exploring Narrative Worship – Stephen Proctor
  • Visual Liturgy: The Art of People – Stephen Proctor
  • What is Environmental Projection? – Camron Ware

Tech Team

  • Big Box Makeover : Transforming a Box Into A Dynamic Worship Space - Duke DeJong, CCI Solutions
  • Lighting For Worship – Understanding Lighting Basics – Duke DeJong, CCI Solutions
  • Live Streaming A to Z: For Basic and Advanced Broadcasting - Michael Smith,
  • Lowering Stage Volumes: Clarity for the Congregation and the Worship Team – Doug Gould, Worship MD
  • Microphone Applications for Modern Worship – Doug Gould, Worship MD
  • The Mixer and Why Digital is the Way to Go - Doug Gould, Worship MD
  • Understanding Room Acoustics and Acoustical Treatments – Mark Aardsma
  • Worship Technology – Jay Jones, AVMAN


  • And Justice for All – Shaun Groves, courtesy of Compassion International
  • Intergenerational Worship – Rory Noland
  • Leading After 50 – Ray Jones
  • Multicultural Worship – Vaughn Thompson Jr.
  • Worship Evangelism – Ray Jones


  • CCLI Resources for Your Church – Paul Herman, CCLI
  • Enhance Your Bands Sound with MultiTracks and Loops from –Matt McCoy,
  • Essential Worship MultiTracks – Matt McCoy, Essential Worship
  • Everchurch: Digital Solution for Churches – CJ Jordan, Everchurch
  • Making the Most of Planning Center Online – Aaron Stewart, Planning Center Services
  • Presonus StudioLIve Digital Mixer Guided Tour – Doug Gould, Worship MD
  • Using Technology to Empower Creativity – Joel Muddamalle, Proclaim
  • What’s New With MediaShout – Aaron West, Media Shout
  • Worship Walk: Where Worship And Life Intersect – Gareth Goossen, Make Us Holy


13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224‎

(do not contact the host church)
PLEASE direct any questions to:
Worship Leader Media
(949) 240-9339, ext.204, conference team



  • MCI, Kansas City International Airport
    (39 miles from conference location)

offering discounted rates for conference attendees
Please note the reservation deadline for each hotel

  • Double Tree by Hilton
    10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210
    (913) 323-1915
    Distance to conference location: approx.  6.3 miles/ 10 minutes
    Conference rates: single/double $131.+tax -OR- triple $141.+tax -OR- quad $151.+tax
    Amenities: (complimentary) parking & breakfast for 2 in the Trofi Restaurant
    Shuttle to/from conference: yes, must be pre-scheduled
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability, Monica: 913.323.1915
  •  Embassy Suites
    10601 Metcalf Rd, Overland Park, KS 66211

    (913) 649-7060
    Distance to conference location: approx. 5.4 miles/9 minutes
    Conference rates: king suite $129.+tax
    (rates are extended 2 days prior and 2 days after event)
    Amenities: (complimentary) cooked to order-full course breakfast, evening reception, 24/hour fitness center/each machine has its own TV & headphones, indoor pool & jacuzzi (6am-midnight), on-site restaurant, laundry services
    Shuttle to/from conference: yes, by request
    Shuttle to/from airport: 
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability

  • Chase Suite Hotels
    6300 w 110th street, Overland Park, KS 66211

    (913) 491-3333
    Distance to conference location: approx. 4.5 miles/8 minutes
    Conference rates: studio queen suite (sleeps 4) $95.+tax -OR- 2bdrm/2bath Suite (sleeps 6) $135.+tax
    Amenities: (complimentary) breakfast buffet, wifi, admittance to Midtown Athletic Club,laundry services, grocery shopping service, fully-equipped kitchen, pillow-top mattress, sleeper sofa & flat screen TV with HBO
    Shuttle to/from conference: yes, 7am-7pm in a 5-mile radius
    Shuttle to/from airport: 
    no, recommends Super Shuttle
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability
    phone: (913) 491.3333 refer to “NATIONAL WORSHIP LEADER CONFERENCE” 
  • Double Tree by Hilton
    10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210
    (913) 323-1915
    Distance to conference location: approx.  6.3 miles/ 10 minutes
    Conference rates: single/double $131.+tax -OR- triple $141.+tax -OR- quad $151.+tax
    Amenities: (complimentary) parking & breakfast for 2 in the Trofi Restaurant
    Shuttle to/from conference: yes, must be pre-scheduled
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability, Monica: 913.323.1915

  • Hawthorn Suites Executive Village, by Wyndham
    11400 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

    Distance to conference location: approx.  5.3 miles/10 minutes
    Conference rates:  king $79.+tax -OR- 1 bdrm queen suite $99.+tax -OR- quad $151.+tax
    amenities: complimentary hot breakfast, light dinner buffet & high-speed wireless internet, patio areas w/gas grills,outdoor pool & jacuzzi, in-room: (std rms)microwave & mini-frig & (suites)full kitchens & private bdrm, convenience store
    Shuttle to/from conference:
     yes, w/in 5-mile radius
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability
    phone for reservations, refer to “NATIONAL WORSHIP LEADER CONFERENCE” 
  • Holiday Inn & Suites – Convention Center
    10920 Nall Ave, Overland Park, KS 66211

    Distance to conference location: approx.  3.5 miles/5 minutes
    Conference rates:  king suite w/pullout sofa $109.+tax
    complimentary continental breakfast, high-speed internet & parking, in-room: microwave & mini-frig, 24-hr fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant serving breakfast & dinner
    Shuttle to/from conference: yes, w/in 2-mile radius
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability
    phone for reservations, refer to “NATIONAL WORSHIP LEADER CONFERENCE” 
  • Drury Inn & Suites
    10963 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
    phone: 913.345.1500  fax: 877.284.1969
    Distance to conference location: approx. 5 miles/ 10 minutes
    Conference rates:  (single or double)king deluxe or 2 double beds deluxe $114.+tax, (triple or quad) $124.+tax
    amenities: complimentary HOT! Quickstart Breakfast, free long distance (one hour every room/every night), 5:30Kickback hot food, high-speed internet, indoor pool
    Shuttle to/from conference: no
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability
    call 1.800.325.0720, use: groupcode 2197661 
  • Courtyard Marriott
    11301 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS  66210

    phone: 913-339-9900  fax: 877.284.1969
    Distance to conference location: approx. 5 miles/ 10 minutes
    Conference rates: king: $122.+tax
    amenities: restaurant on-site, free high-speed internet, pool, fitness center
    Shuttle to/from conference: no
    Shuttle to/from airport: no
    Deadline to reserve: contact hotel for availability
    call 1-800-321-2211, refer to: National WorshipLeader Conference Room Block’s group rate

Questions about travel?
contact: or call 949-240-9339 x204


The 2014 National Worship Leader Conference is a great place to participate, check out these opportunities below:

We will be having a conference choir at this event which will be limited to 100 conference attendees.  The choir will be singing with a featured worship leader on Wednesday night. Choir members will need to arrive in time to rehearse with our conference choir director on Monday morning from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  For returning choir members please note we’ve made the time earlier this year to make it possible for you to attend the pre-conference. Click the button below to sign up – at no added cost to your registration!


Present your latest worship song to a panel of experts, which will include songwriters and major publishers, for critique and the chance to get your song on an upcoming Song DISCovery CD. Bring your song on a CD along with 5 copies of the lyrics. Songs will be chosen at random.

Because we know and believe God still speaks, that he hears and answers prayer, we would like to invite those of you who are attending NWLC to be part of the conference prayer team. This is your conference and we want you to be part of it on every level. If you decide to add your voice to ours, we will send you prayer requests leading up to the conference (completing our list by adding your requests concerning the conference and those who are attending). Email to sign up.

Songwriter’s Pre-Conference


Monday, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


NWLC Songwriter’s Pre-conference will feature teaching faculty and composers; Song DISCovery Editor, Stefanie Kelly; and Chuck Fromm, CEO and founder of Worship Leader Media. They will also be joined by representatives from principal Christian record labels and publishers.


→ Keynotes on songwriting theology, exploring the general conference theme of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs
→ Keynotes on the art of lyric writing, composition
→ Every song heard and critiqued by an industry panel. Attendees that bring songs will be chosen at random to have their song heard and critiqued by the industry panel

NOTE: During your registration, check the box for Pre-Conference in the add-on section. If you’ve already registered please email to add-on the Pre-Conference to your existing registration.

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