From teaching workshops to keynote speaking, consulting with your leadership team or coaching your ministry volunteers, Chris offers a wealth of expertise, experience and wisdom to encourage, equip and challenge. Chris is also available as a guest worship leader for retreats, conferences or church services. See the Resources page for more information about specific workshops and teaching topics. For details on pricing or putting together a package that fits the needs of your church or ministry, send an email inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimate Team Dynamics
Understanding how people think and process is the key to healthy, effective relationships. Using the DISC Classic Profile taken by over 40 million people worldwide, this workshop teaches how to build, communicate, motivate and manage conflict and politics on all our teams in all of your relationships.
You know you get that pit in your stomach when you have to “confront” someone. The issues never seem to go away, no matter how much we ignore them. Can’t we just delegate that part of the job to someone else? This workshop gives tips and strategies for handling hard conversations head on, leading to healthier teams that are more fun to be a part of.
We all face the challenge of helping a broad spectrum of people connect with God at the heart level. It can be a rewarding journey, but can also be incredibly frustrating. What assumptions should we make? What expectations do we have that may be unreasonable? This workshop gives practical suggestions for helping your church become a worshiping church.
Teaching Your Church to Worship
The dynamic of leading worship from an instrument can be quite challenging. How do you focus on playing, singing and leading the band and congregation at the same time? Since cloning is out, this workshop looks at some tips to lead more effectively from behind the barrier of an instrument.
Leading Worship From an Instrument
Five Keys to Thriving as an Artist in the Church
Life is hard. Ministry can be harder...the demands of meeting unspoken and unrealistic expectations can wear you down, especially in the emotion-driven area of the arts where everyone has an opinion. And, they are more than ready to share it with you whether you want to hear it or not. This workshop discusses five keys to thriving as an artist in the church, including ways to handle the inevitable criticism that comes our way.
How I Pick Songs & Plan Services
Where do you find new songs? What makes a good worship tune? How do you decide which key to perform a song in? What are your considerations for flow, theme, worship length, repetition? How many new songs a month/year do you introduce? When do you retire an old song? What about hymns? This workshop answers these frequently asked questions by demonstrating how one worship pastor does it.
Bringing Order From Chaos
Five Things Every Worship Leader Should Know
If you are just starting out as a worship leader, you are beginning to understand the difference between a song leader and a lead worshiper. This workshop discusses five important concepts to keep in mind as you lead worship.
Just because we’re artists doesn’t mean that everything has to be run by the seat of our pants. Administration can be our friend, it doesn’t have be our enemy. This workshop give practical administrative and leadership tools for effective leadership of an artist ministry.
Creativity from A to Z
The Case for Creativity
Advances in neuroscience have taught scientists much about how the brain processes information. Our culture has made effective use of this data to influence how we spend our time and money. But, how might we use these insights to help people connect more deeply with God? In this breakout we’ll discuss these discoveries and learn how understanding them can help us design meaningful and memorable worship experiences that move people to take steps of obedience.
Creativity doesn’t have to be just the big “wow” factor. In fact, most of the time creativity involves just a little tweaking here are there. This workshop presents 26 ideas you can tweak to fit your church’s needs.
It Takes Two to Tango
No man (or woman) is an island. Creative planning doesn't usually happen in a vacuum, but is the result of crazy relationships ping-ponging ideas around. Getting together to brainstorm can be a vital way to lift your pastor's series to even higher levels. Learn to reinforce this concept with music, ambiance, set design, movie clips, etc. In this workshop you’ll see how one team plans creative, thematic services all year long.
Creativity in Worship
What are some spiritual, philosophical and practical issues of implementing creativity into worship? This workshop discusses (and demonstrate) one church's journey into the creative world.