World-renowned contemporary hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty are gearing up to host their first-ever digital worship conference that will reach over six continents at once.
The Sing! Global Conference follows on the heels of the success of their online Hymn Sing which has had over 1 million views from more than 100 countries. The annual four-day conference is being held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting Aug. 30, the event will feature over 100 speakers and artists, including John Lennox, Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, Trip Lee, David Kim, Conrad Mbewe, Andrew Peterson and David Platt. There will also be singing led by people from each of the six continents and dozens of seminars to help people of God go deeper in their faith.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Keith Getty (OBE recipient), where he speaks in detail about the Sing! Global Conference that will be held on Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.
CP: Congratulations on hosting the upcoming worldwide conference, Sing! Global. Can you share what that means to you personally in these times?
Getty: We have always had a burning desire to see churches and believers around the globe go deeper in their faith through the hymns they sing. However, we never could have anticipated that it would take a global pandemic to push us to develop a totally new digital event that could potentially reach more people around the world than our in-person conference ever has.
We are incredibly humbled by the privilege of gathering pastors, musicians, and worship leaders from many nations to share their creativity and wisdom with the broader Church. Our prayer is that the glory of Christ would be sung around the world, and it’s beyond exciting to see this event contribute to that vision.
CP: How did you go about planning this year’s event?
Getty: It took us a long time to wrap our minds around what an online event would involve. But as we reflected on the urgency of the current moment, we quickly discovered that a digital conference could be a way to connect believers around the world. While it was disappointing to realize we could not gather for an in-person event, we recognize that God often surprises us and He has now opened the door for a new concept that can bring a wonderfully diverse group of people together online.
CP: With such an array of speakers and singers, which day or set are you looking forward to most?
Getty: We are excited for every day! And also excited that everyone who registers will get continued access to all the sessions for three months after the event. So a four-day conference is now a 90-day learning experience.
The Sunday session will begin with a forum on children’s ministry and singing in the home. We have never had such a unique opportunity like the present moment to develop new habits of family worship that could shape the next generation.
On Monday, we will explore the wonder and power of the Word of God and we are thrilled to share the debut of Kristyn’s latest recording project, Evensong: Hymns and Lullabies for the close of day.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law