Ed Stetzer Interviews Keith Getty on the Sing! Conference and the Importance of Song, Part 1

I recently talked with Keith Getty about the Getty’s five-year event Getty Music Worship Conference—Sing!—which engages theology, the arts, and song, and also about his own reflections on song in our churches today.


Ed: So first, tell me how the Getty Music Worship Conference, Sing!, went a few weeks ago.

Keith: It was amazing. We had a wonderful lineup of speakers. But most importantly, it’s really helping individuals, families, and churches to grow and thrive. It was year two of five for the conference and the theme was taken from the Psalms.

We had three different groups in attendance. We had those engaged in theology who were looking at really deep and rich theology. We had artists and vibrant artistry—those who are creatives, musicians, or involved in choirs and orchestras. Then, we have leaders of music in churches and in homes. We had a lot of worship leaders in that group, but we also had over 400 people who lead children’s music as well.

When these three groups come together, it’s an extraordinary and innovative explosion. You end up with these beautiful moments of inspiration, color, and beauty, combined with such powerful, thoughtful praise. The dissection of all that happens during the conference takes place in seminars, late at night, and over meals throughout our time together.

All of us ended up experiencing the peace of the Lord and a reassurance that this was an important event. It’s really been a privilege to be a small part of it.

Ed: For next year, you’re leading in with the theme about the life of Christ. Tell me more about this shift.

Keith: Well, I originally put together a five-year plan.

For the first year we decided to look at the congregational singing 500 years after Luther and the Reformation year. Then, we took on the Psalms, because that’s the Bible’s songbook. In year three, we’re going through the life of Christ, and in year four we will be singing through the Scriptures. Finally, in year five we focus on singing through the ages.

Next year, we’re taking the main themes from the life of Christ and looking at them as a means to help teach people to understand not only the basic beliefs of our faith, but also how to sing them.

For example, when we’re looking at Christ’s birth and prophecies, we think about how we can apply those events to Advent and Christmas celebrations in our churches. We look at the incarnation and how that applies to everything from mercy ministries to our interactions with our communities, and, last but not least, how to have it involved in our singing.

The saving life of Christ also speaks to how to interact with evangelism and missions. Last, we will look at how Christ’s sufferings and death also influence the ways we choose to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, Holy Week, Lent, and Good Friday.

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Source: Christianity Today