Worship Leader Boot Camp is an intensive 24-hour training experience for student worship leaders and student worship teams. With a practical focus on music skills and principles of worship leadership, Worship Leader Boot Camp prepares teenage youth worship leaders to plan, rehearse, and lead worship for their peers during the Fall semester.

Participants will be taught in large plenary sessions, have the opportunity to watch a band rehearse and lead worship, and work in groups to learn songs on their chosen instrument. Students will leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing a total of six songs to use throughout the semester.

Cost

Individual Registration: $89/person
A $20 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant at the time of initial registration.
  • Includes t-shirt, name tag, song arrangements, Saturday lunch, snacks, and teaching
  • Does not include travel to Birmingham, hotel, Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, or Saturday dinner

Classes

Your gifts, your passions, your interests. When you register for Worship Leader Boot Camp, you’ll choose a track based on your instrument.

Acoustic Guitar

Do you play acoustic guitar during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing chords to each of the six songs, the theory behind the capo, and how to sing while playing. Be sure to bring a guitar! We will not provide one for you to use during camp.

Audio and Tech

Do you run sound and/or visuals during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing basic sound techniques and how to best create a slideshow presentation for song lyrics. You will leave with slide presentations for all six songs learned during camp. Be sure to bring a thumb drive! We will not provide one for you to use during camp.

Bass Guitar

Do you play bass guitar during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing chords to each of the six songs and how to implement the best effects for each song. Be sure to bring a guitar and an amp! We will not provide these for you to use during camp.

Electric Guitar

Do you play electric guitar during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing how to play each of the six songs and how to implement the best effects for each song. Be sure to bring a guitar and an amp! We will not provide these for you to use during camp.

Percussion and Drums

Do you play percussion of some sort during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing rhythms and patterns each of the six songs. We will provide a drumset, djembe, and/or cajon for you. Be sure to bring any accessories you may need such as drum sticks.

Piano and Keyboards

Do you play piano or keys during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing the chords for each of the six songs and how to sing while playing. We will provide a keyboard for you to use during camp.

String and Wind Instruments

Do you play a string or wind instrument during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing the melody and harmony for each of the six songs. Be sure to bring your instrument! We will not provide one for you to use during camp.

Voice

Do you sing during congregational worship? This class is for you. Choose this track and leave Worship Leader Boot Camp knowing the melody and a harmony part for each of the six songs, plus, be confident in your ability to sing with a microphone! Be sure to bring your instrument! We will not provide one for you to use during camp. ;)

Registration

  • Online registration opens March 1, 2018 and closes July 6, 2018 or when registration reaches capacity.
  • A $20 non-refundable deposit is required for each participant at the time of initial registration.
  • Email cwa@samford.edu with questions.
  • Note: Participants are expected to bring personal instruments for all tracks except percussion/drums and piano/keyboard.

Schedule

  • Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday
  • Check-out is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • If you’re traveling with a student worship team, we recommend scheduling worship, lunch, and a 2 hour band rehearsal together on Sunday at your church. We’ll provide a schedule for that during Worship Leader Boot Camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Attend?

Teenagers

Worship Leader Boot Camp is open to any student who has completed 7th grade through 12th grade and is in a worship leadership role.

Adults

Teenage Worship 101 for adults. Are you a youth minister or volunteer with little training in music or worship leadership? You’ll leave Worship Leader Boot Camp with a proven daily, weekly, monthly, and semester routine for mentoring teenage worship leaders plus a wealth of resources to assist you in the journey. Adults will be led by Eric Mathis, a seasoned youth minister, worship leader, and Director of the Center for Worship and the Arts.

Where will we stay?

You are responsible for housing and transportation to and from the Samford campus during Worship Leader Boot Camp. We have reserved a block of rooms for a special, discounted rate at the Drury Inn & Suites, 160 State Farm Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35209.

Drury Inn & Suites is less than ten minutes from campus. They serve free hot breakfast (Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage, and more,) a variety of free snacks throughout the day, and they also have free wifi.

Book a Room

Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group Samford Worship Leader Bootcamp.

I’m a youth / worship director. I want to send my student worship team, but am unable to come with them. Can I send another as a chaperone?

Absolutely! We welcome adults of any age to join us for Worship Leader Boot Camp. All registered adults have the opportunity to participate in Teenage Worship 101 with Eric Mathis, Director of the Center for Worship and the Arts.

I’m a student. Do I have to have an adult with me to attend?

Definitely not, especially if you’re close to Birmingham. Live far away? You can still come without an adult, but since we aren’t providing housing or meals or transportation, you’ll really have to act like an adult. You will be responsible for your own housing, meals, and transportation. On second thought, maybe you should ask a parent or youth leader to drive to Birmingham with you on Friday and chill in the hotel on Saturday. (Saturday lunch is provided.)

I have a few song suggestions for this upcoming semester. Can I share those?

Absolutely! The Center for Worship and the Arts team will be choosing songs strategically, but we are open to your suggestions. Send your suggestions via email to cwa@samford.edu by July 5, 2018.

I’ve been to Animate before. Is this the same thing or could I learn something new?

Animate and Worship Leader Boot Camp are two entirely different programs that the Center for Worship and the Arts oversee. Animate focuses on broadly on worship, theology, and the arts. Worship Leader Boot Camp will jump start a process for student worship leaders and student worship teams moving toward leadership in the Fall semester. That said, we think you’ll benefit from joining us for both events.