Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

6 regional workshops emphasize music, worship


Small-Church Discipleship

Make note of these mid-October workshop dates for help with music and worship in smaller churches.

At six locations in the state, Bruce Epperly and Daryl Hollinger will keynote "From a Mustard Seed: Enlivening Worship and Music in the Small Church." Their presentations are designed especially to benefit churches of 25 to 80 people in worship, but all are welcome.

The two leaders co-wrote a songbook by the same name. Their workshop will draw from several books of music, also using The United Methodist Hymnal and The Faith We Sing.

Dr. Epperly has written 19 books, about theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, and healing and wholeness. He has appeared on TV’s "Nightline," "ABC World News Tonight," and the "PBS News Hour." He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ.

Dr. Hollinger has been a church musician for more than 30 years. He has been commissioned to compose works for choral groups, congregations, and national organizations.

At Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary, Hollinger is dean of the chapel, seminary musician, and adjunct professor of worship and music; and Epperly is professor of Practical Theology and director of Continuing Education.

The Oklahoma workshops are offered through Discipleship Ministries for the Small-Membership Church.

Five weekday evening sessions are scheduled, from 5 to 9 p.m.—

  • Oct. 10, Fairview UMC (Slapout), Woodward District

  • Oct. 11, Lamont UMC, Enid District

  • Oct. 12, Adair UMC, Muskogee District

  • Oct. 13, Antlers UMC, McAlester District

  • Oct. 14, Ware’s Chapel UMC in Carnegie, Lawton District (Ware’s Chapel, at 519 S. Carnegie, is a congregation of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference)

Also offered is a Saturday workshop, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—

  • Oct. 15, Tuttle UMC, South-OKC District


Registration: $10 per person. Includes a meal.

Sign up online by Oct. 3 at: www.okumc.org/Small_Membership_Church.

Questions? Contact Ann Browning, 405-530-2199, abrowning@okumc.org.


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