Worship Arts Lab

June 27-30, 2018


The Worship Arts Lab at APU exists to equip the next generation of leaders in worship and the arts with an understanding that the youth of today will play a powerful role in shaping the worship of tomorrow.

The Worship Arts Lab is a specialized weekend workshop for high school youth, youth leaders, and worship pastors who help plan and lead worship at their local churches. High school students can sign up by themselves, or worship pastors and youth leaders can bring their entire youth worship teams to connect with professionals in the field, APU faculty, and advanced APU students. This experience is designed to help high school students think theologically about worship, while also helping them develop practical skills.

The APU music and worship major offers tracks in Performance, Music Production, Composing/Songwriting, Global Worship and Culture, Christian Ministries, Youth Ministries, Biblical Studies, and Visual Art and Graphic Design. Worship Arts Lab 2018 will focus on music arts and cinematic arts.

Why the Worship Arts Lab?

More than a camp. The Worship Arts Lab is a holistic experience designed to foster growth in future worship leaders. We aren’t just here to have fun (although we will), we are here for specific purposes: to learn to worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; to hone our skills and abilities for the sake of serving others; and to go forth and lead others in worship through deep biblical understanding and theological reflection.

Practical training for individuals and teams. Students receive hands-on skills development designed to enhance and improve abilities in worship leadership and craftsmanship.

Theological reflection. Time is spent studying biblical and theological principles for worship, and worship arts faculty facilitate discussion and reflection in these areas.

A chance to experiment and grow. Time is devoted to mentoring and development throughout the lab experience, which is designed to foster growth for each person attending.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come by myself?

Yes. High school students can come individually or as a group. We encourage youth pastors and leaders to join their students but they are not required to attend. Adult youth pastors and leaders cannot come on their own.

What are the age requirements?

Students must be in high school (including incoming freshmen).

What is the Worship Arts Lab?

The Worship Arts Lab is an experience created for the purpose of equipping the next generation of leaders in worship and the arts. The lab is designed for high school students who are dedicated to the proposition that worship leadership is a calling, not merely a craft. The Worship Arts Lab is a 3-day/2-night intensive that focuses on practical artistic and musical skills for effective worship leadership. Students are trained in the arts, guided through biblical and theological principles for worship, and invited to critically reflect on the significance of worship leadership.

What are the dates and location?

June 27-30, 2018
Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702

Who are the featured speakers?

Speakers include professionals in the field of worship leadership, along with APU faculty and students.

What kinds of classes and activities are involved?

The lab consists of intensive worship workshops (lab sessions), skills development workshops (craftsmanship), and small-group sessions. Each individual works in the small group they came with or is assigned to a group. APU students and faculty help guide discussions, critical thinking, and development of artistic skills throughout each of the sessions and workshops.

Are meals and lodging provided?

Lodging is provided in APU’s Engstrom Hall, and students are given meal cards to eat on APU’s campus.

What should I bring?

Your instrument! Also, if you are involved in the cinematography track, you will want to bring the camera you are most familiar with using and any computer or software you are accustomed to. Bring the normal stuff, too: sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, jacket/sweatshirt, Bible, journal, pen, etc.

What can’t I bring?

Drugs, alcohol, weapons, etc.

Is transportation provided?

You will need to provide your own transportation to APU. All activities will take place on or near campus.

What does the daily schedule look like?

10 a.m.-12 p.m.—Registration
12 p.m.—Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.—Gathering
2:45-3:45 p.m.—Lab
4-5 p.m.—Breakout Groups (Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Bass and Drums, Orchestral Instruments)
5-6:30 p.m.—Dinner with Small Groups
6:30 p.m.—Gathering
8:30 p.m.—Jam Session

8-9 a.m.—Breakfast
9:15-10:30 a.m.—Gathering
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.—Lab
12-1:30 p.m.—Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.—Breakout Groups (Vocals, Keys and Guitar, Bass and Drums)
2:30-3 p.m.—Snack Breaks
3-4 p.m.—Breakout Session (Songwriting 101, Technology for the Worship Space, Creating Art for Worship 101)
4-5 p.m.—Optional Breakout Session (Music Theory and Songwriting 201, Free Time)
5-6:30 p.m.—Dinner with Small Groups
6:30-8 p.m.—Gathering
8-10 p.m.—Songwriter’s Showcase and Jam Session

8-9 a.m.—Breakfast
9:15-10:30 a.m.—Worship Gathering (Munson Courtyard)
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.—Lab
12-1:30 p.m.—Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.—How to Develop Your Band
2:30-3 p.m.—Snack Break
3 p.m.—Showcase Rehearsals
5-6:30 p.m.—Dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m.—Wal Showcase
8:30 p.m.—Fun and Games

8-9 a.m.—Breakfast
9:30 a.m.—Gathering
10:15-11 a.m.—Interviews and Selfies
11 a.m.—Commissioning (Munson Courtyard)
11:30 a.m.—Group Photo
12-1 p.m.—Lunch
1-2:30 p.m.—Checkout

Which arts will be focused on?
Music and cinematography. Students involved in music will spend time on skills training in their specific area.

Preparing Your Students

Please encourage your students to:

  1. Spend some time praying for the experience and the various relationships that will be developed throughout the week.
  2. Write down some expectations for the Worship Arts Lab.
  3. Work hard at practicing their craft.
  4. Come with specific questions. This is a time for investigation and exploration!
  5. Keep notes throughout the week. This is a valuable way of remembering and processing what they see and hear.
  6. Identify someone who can be praying for them while they are away.
  7. Think about ways in which the ministry team might improve in terms of artistic worship leadership.
  8. Give some thought to Christian worship: What is it? What makes it distinctive from other forms of worship?
  9. Consider the team building process. What does team building require from me? What does it require from my team?
  10. Consider the differences between fame and faithfulness. What are the priorities in worship leadership, and how do these aspects play a role in what we do?