KBC Equips Young People to Help Churches in First Student Worship Camp (w/ Video) – Kentucky Today | Start Classified

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Sixty students from Kentucky and several other states gathered this week on the campus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s first student worship camp.

The reason for the camp was the realization that worship music has changed drastically in recent years – guitars, drums and keyboards are replacing the traditional organ and choir in many churches.

Behind the keyboard, a student listens intently as Kha Do instructs on the importance of playing well for the glory of God. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

“As that landscape changed, we needed a way to help our churches make that transition,” said Jason ‘Bubba’ Stewart, KBC Worship and Music Advisor.

Stewart said the churches increasingly need help from young people.

“We’re going to invest in these students,” Stewart said. “Hopefully they’ll be a better musician when they leave this week and they can go right back to their churches and tap into their ministries and be leaders, which is what we need so badly right now.”


The student receives one-on-one instruction from a Boyce College student on playing guitar chords in correct progression. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

For a week, the students immersed themselves in the world of worship and learned to improve their vocal and instrumental skills.

“Students are passionate, they’re excited to learn a new skill, they’re excited to pick up a new instrument,” said camp coordinator Matthew Bone, who is also a worship pastor at First Baptist Church of Pikeville .

“As a worship pastor, there is no greater opportunity than to spend a student a week developing a skill that he is passionate about to come back and fit into the way he is already in the local church “, he said.

The students were not only able to sharpen their musical skills. There was also a learning path for the technical side of worship – audio and video.

“Our technicians have become as important as the guitarist or the pianist on stage,” Stewart said. “Without the technician in the background making sure everything is running smoothly, you’re going to have a dysfunctional service.”


Stephanie Patterson of Little Flock Baptist Church leads a singing master class with students. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

14-year-old Averie Popp learned to operate an audio board to help her church — Cedar Grove Baptist in Stamping Ground.

“I volunteered to help out on the board in the back because they only had a few people doing it,” she said. “They only had two people going into a rotation and two people running it alone is very difficult and tough. So me and two of my other friends volunteered to help.”

Popp said the camp was a great experience and she plans to pass on what she learned to her friends.

“I’m enjoying it all, really. I think it’s really cool to learn new things about it.”

The training also extended to the theology of worship – how God is worthy of worship.

“That’s really — it’s not a music clinic. This is not just private lessons. This is a Bible-based, gospel-led camp in the world of biblical worship,” Bone said. “Our goal is for students to understand the full extent of what the Bible teaches about who they are, what they were created to do, and their mission to the Kingdom.”


Jameson Porter takes one-on-one lessons from a Boyce College student about playing the keyboard in a worship band. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

The camp attracted students from 40 communities. This is another example of the power of the cooperative program.

“Without the cooperation program there would be no way we would have the means to actually hold this event. We’re just really grateful for what the cooperative program is doing for us,” Stewart said.

“The financial contribution made this camp possible,” added Bone. “We are heavily dependent on cooperative Baptist funds. We rely heavily on the Kentucky Baptist churches to send their students to us as leaders.”

Averie said the camp helped her build confidence — not just to lead an audio board, but eventually to help lead worship on stage.


Students take an elective course on biblical worship. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

“I don’t have to sing perfect notes. I really only need Jesus and I just wish everyone else could see how important He is and how He is changing everything,” she said.

Stewart said there are plans to make the Kentucky Student Worship Camp an annual event.

“My dream is that 10 years from now I’ll come across a worship leader who’ll say to me, ‘Hey Bubba. I was at the very first student worship camp in Kentucky. I want to thank you for investing in my life. And now I can serve the Kingdom with the talent that God has blessed me with.’”


Kha Do teaches Band Masters students the importance of playing brilliantly for God’s glory. (Kentucky Today/Marina Shelton)

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