Worship Leader Institute

Worship Leader Institute – June 11-17, 2022

We are excited to announce that Worship Leader Institute 2022 will be hosted by the McArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas!  The week of the Institute will open with a regional SongFest and multi-cultural Sunday celebration that is open to the public.

What’s a song leader to do? For decades there have been scarcely any opportunities to study a cappella worship leading in an academic setting. Only in the past few years have universities begun instituting degrees in worship music. And even these programs won’t give you the secrets of the worship leaders who get invited to the big conferences – the ones who light up the room and get everyone singing.  Such courses can’t because they’re concentrated on Bible and music fluency almost exclusively. And who’s got four years to invest, anyway? You want to give your best for God and your congregation, but you’ve got to lead worship now.

Robert King teaches a session

What if you could get these secrets, all of them, in a week? Sound like a great opportunity? That’s what Keith Lancaster, founder of Acappella Ministries, has created with The Worship Leader Institute, the world’s premiere training resource for comprehensive a cappella worship education.

But how are you able to load so much content into one week? It’s simple, because many of the secrets themselves are simple. In fact, at a subconscious level, you already know much of what makes for powerful, charismatic worship leading. It’s a matter of putting in the right work and getting coached.

To unlock your own potential as a worship leader, you need to:

  1. Learn the fundamentals so you know what to practice.
  2. Find a safe, comfortable outlet to practice and practice.
  3. Get feedback from experts and peers.
  4. Repeat.

Because The Worship Leader Institute uses this four-tiered structure and only includes the most relevant principles for worship leaders, we cover a lot more ground. But make no mistake, the time may be brief, but this is an advanced course for those willing to dedicate themselves to intensive coursework. We explore nearly every facet of what a worship leader does and what a worship leader needs. And it turns out, it’s a lot more than just starting and leading songs.

WLI’s curriculum centers on what we call holistic worship leading: the first three and a half hours of each day are reserved for core competencies like:

  • Bible Study – Scripture memorization – Scripture Recitation
  • Facial Expressions – Microphone Technique – Eye Contact
  • Stage presence – Body Language – Directing – Public Prayer
  • Transitions – Breath Control – Tempo Management – Dynamics/Contrasts
  • Extended Rests, Holds and Cut-Offs
  • And more

These abilities represent what we consider to be a non-negotiable skill set for effective worship leaders.

Holistic worship classes serve as the foundation for the institute, but you can expect a lot more after you apply to take part. The afternoon sessions of WLI detail practical conventions for advanced topics like music theory/ear training, voice care and management, worship planning, worship technology, vocal tuning, and conflict resolution.

There’s also exclusive content for students who return for the multi-year track, including additional one-to-one sessions with faculty, who include:

Keith Lancaster, Musicianary at Cullman Alabama Church of Christ and founder of Acappella Ministries

Gyula Cseszko, Choral and Orchestral conductor in Melbourne, Australia

Mike Rogers, Director of Jazz Studies and Coordinator of Music Theory at Abilene Christian University

Melissa Kirby, Speech language pathologist at Vanderbilt Voice Clinic

Robin Brannon, Acappella vocalist, Harding Academy instructor, and Worship Minister at the White Station Church in Memphis, TN

Melissa Lancaster, Vice President of Acappella Ministries and Worship Coordinator for the Northfield Church

Shane Coffman, Worship Minister at Memorial Drive Church of Christ and Director of the Tulsa Workshop

Gary MoyersAcappella vocalist and Worship Minister at the Broadway Church in Lubbock, Texas

Anthony Lancaster, vocalist for the group Acappella and Worship Minister at the Madison Church of Christ.

Russ Corley, Director of Encouragement Ministries and Minister of the Madison Church of Christ

Albert Lemmons, Scholar, Minister and Author with emphasis on Faith and Spiritual Formation

Josh Kasinger, Worship Minister in Little Rock and leader of United Voice Worship

Kyle Orr, Worship Minister in the Fort Worth area with a passion for cross-congregational and multi-cultural worship.

Luke Barnett, Worship leader and ReGen Harmony vocalist who specializes in discipling young people through singing and scripture memorization.

Josh Wheeler, Worship leader for the Sunset Church in Lubbock, TX

Chris Turner, Pulpit minister at Sunset Road Church of Christ in Burlington, NJ. Native of Florence Alabama. Annual National Lectureship Devotional Leader.

Remel Derrick, Choral Director in Abilene, TX and Worship Leader for a church in Abilene, TX.

Yes, there are a lot of faces, but camaraderie is an integral component of your success at the institute, so we encourage bonding through paired exercises and shared meals. After the institute is over, you will be added to a private networking group for alumni, allowing you to utilize other students’ experience and feedback well into the future. We feel this network is one of the most valuable ongoing resources you will receive.

So, there it is. As a worship leader, you know you’ve been charged with a sacred task. You want to take your job seriously, giving your best for God’s glory. Discover the art of the craft. Equip yourself with tools that fit your calling. Cultivate a skill set and relationships that will last through eternity. Register for the 2022 Worship Leader Institute now to begin your journey into excellence. Click here to reserve your hotel room. Make sure to adjust the dates to the needed timeframe before choosing the rooms. If the link does not operate correctly of it you would prefer, you can call the hotel directly at 210-342-3738 and use group code CGCGWL along with the Worship Leader Institute name to access the negotiated group rates.


“It was more challenging than any business seminar. The experience greatly exceeded my expectations.” – Joe Lennon, former president of Fidelity retail distribution, Mansfield, Massachusetts

“This is probably the most rewarding experience I’ve had in my life.” – Mark Shinnerer, a five year student from the Sunset Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Most recent comments include these glowing comments:

“This has been the greatest experience of my life!”

“This is a defining experience in my life and has touched me to the core . . .”