National Worship Leader Conference, Austin Update 2

Hey Everybody,

What an incredible couple of days I’ve had at the National Worship Leader Conference. Yeah, originally the “shuttle” schedule was pretty lousy, but thanks to a new blog/twitter/worship buddy, Jim Drake, we’ve hitched some rides with his clan which has made transportation much easier.

So right now, as I type this … I’m sitting in the Speakers’ Green Room. Laura Story (author of the huge song, “Indescribable” is sitting on the couch to my left. A Pastor and some other friends from Franklin, TN are to my right. Across the rug is legend, Ron Kenoly. Can I tell you that sitting in this room off and on all day with Ron Kenoly is like sitting under a wise man who is chock-full of Godly wisdom. He’s like a grandfather. I could sit and listen to Ron all day long. He’s so authentic, and his heart bleeds for God and His Kingdom.

Truth be told, I’m just too tired to give you all the dozens of pages of notes I’ve taken in the many sessions over the last two days. This conference schedule starts with us leaving the hotel before 8:00 AM, and not getting back to the hotel until after 10:00 PM.

Here are some highlights:

Extravagant Worship in the main sessions with some of the most influential, gifted worship leaders on the planet. I’ve been led in worship by Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Sarah Kelly, Jonathan Noel, Rush of Fools, Leeland, Matt Maher, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Rita Springer, and in about an hour, Lincoln Brewster, Kathryn Scott, Don Moen, and Gateway Worship. Tomorrow night we’ll be led in worsip by Buddy Owens, CeCe Winans, Phil Sillas & Lily Cruz, Israel Houghton, and Tommy Walker. Yes – in the same week. Can you believe that?


I took Shaun Groves‘ Advanced Blogging class. It was awesome. Shaun is the real deal. I didn’t have the adapter to make my Lappie work with their projector, so he’s loaned me his … he trusts me to return it to him, and gave to me when I was in need. That’s huge for me. I learned a lot about blogging from him today.

Earlier today I took a powerful class by Ross Parsley. It was about Multi-Generational worship. Let’s face it, most churches have “multiple generations” represented and I was really looking forward to this class. Ross didn’t disappoint – he comes across as very humble, incredibly authentic, and laid back. He’s got tons of wisdom, and I consider it an honor to sit under his teaching. The folks at New Life Worship should count their blessings to have this gift.

Gordan MacDonald was the afternoon speaker and he was really great. It was during that “sluggish time” of day where my body was distracted, fatigued, yet I knew in my spirit that what he was saying was important. Plus, I’ve learned that when these guys who have been in ministry for 40+ years speak, I should shut up and listen. Gordon delivered big-time, and opened my eyes to further understanding what’s going on as a Worship Pastor, and how to navigate that with multiple age groups.

Bishop Joseph Garlington spoke this morning. His keyboard player accompanied his sermon, playing strings, keys, hits, sound effects, and various nuances that made the entire presentation a vivid, interactive session. I thought to myself how these little music “things” throughout the sermon kept me engaged, and heightened my emotions during the talk … thought about how movies always keep a soundtrack growing, and found myself wondering why we don’t do this more?

Yesterday we had more incredible sessions, other classes by Paul Baloche and Ross Parsley, and dynamic teaching by Dr. Leonard Sweet.

Wish I could share more, and I should – I’m on information overload right now, but wanted to get a blog out. Thanks to everyone who is taking this journey with me!

For the Kingdom,

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11 comments on “National Worship Leader Conference, Austin Update 2

  1. Tyler says:

    I heard Parsley’s same workshop at Willow Arts Conference. It really was incredible. He had some amazing insights and it has definitely shaped my thinking since then.

    Tylers last blog post..Disclaimer

  2. Shaun Groves says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    If Ron is grandpa, can I be the weird uncle? Cool.

    About the cable…I’m leaving town in the morning, it turns out, so just keep it or mail it to me when you get home. Either way’s fine by me.

    See you again soon I hope. Safe travels.

  3. Shaun Groves says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    If Ron is grandpa, can I be the weird uncle? Cool.

    About the cable…I’m leaving town in the morning, it turns out, so just keep it or mail it to me when you get home. Either way’s fine by me.

    See you again soon I hope. Safe travels.

    Shaun Grovess last blog post..County Line Bar-B-Q And Enjoying The Big Show At The Oasis

  4. Jim Drake says:

    Have enjoyed having you along–the more the merrier!

    Jim Drakes last blog post..NATIONAL WORSHIP LEADERS CONFERENCE:Tuesday Afternoon-Marcos Witt

  5. Jay Sellers says:

    My comment is below Shaun’s! My comment is below Shaun’s! It’s like we’re sitting on the digital couch together.

    I went to see The Dark Knight tonight…yet still…Fred wins.

    I know that you’ve been incredibly blessed this week and I am hopeful that God has spoken a fresh fire in you that we’ll see at SSCC real soon.

    We miss you.

    p.s. Speaking of fresh fire, I hope Shaun put the camera down and dowsed the flames off that guy pictured at his blog.

    Jay Sellerss last blog post..Favorite U2 Songs

  6. Fred says:

    Yeah – I intentionally skipped it @ Willow since I knew he was teaching it here, too.

    Shaun – absolutely, feel free to be the crazy uncle, and thanks again for the cable. I’ll take good care of her.

    Jim – the pleasure has certainly been ours … thanks for being such a gracious friend.

    Jay – wish ya’ll could be here. You would’ve enjoyed Shaun’s class SO MUCH. Fred wins? Versus Dark Knight, are you kidding? What an awesome movie. I’m ready to see it again.

    Shaun showed us that blog post today, I was laughing. If *I* did that blog entry, I’d get fired and sued.


  7. Ryan says:

    “…Truth be told, I’m just too tired to give you all the dozens of pages of notes I’ve taken in the many sessions over the last two days…”

    Fred, I have to tell you something I found kind of humorous after reading the above sentence.

    I was messing around on addictomatic yesterday and just for fun typed in your name. The Twitter search came up with a post that said, “Just saw Fred McKinnon snoozing. Poor guy.” Ha!

    Try and get some rest if you can! And thanks for the updates!

  8. Well brother, I can only say I wish I was with you. One day I will go with you. I promise to stay two steps behind you and carry your lappie for you.

    I’m not worthy!!

    Robert McKinnons last blog post..Marriage and God’s Word: What do we really believe?

  9. Daddy says:

    Sounds like a great event! Glad you’re enjoying it and getting some fresh fire.

  10. Fred says:

    Yep … that must’ve been @ Willow … probably during McLaren’s session, haha. Rob, dad … thanks for jumping in. Wish Ya’ll were here.

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