It’s time to gather.

July 12 - 14 | NASHVILLE,TN


Inspirational & Informative

Gather with musicians and songwriters, movers and shakers, theologians, and scholars across the worldwide worship community. 

Psalm 133 tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” This year’s conference theme is rediscovering community.

Learn more about our amazing new community partner below!

Meet Our Community Partner


“We are beyond excited to be partnering with Worship Leader magazine for the National Worship Leader Conference! Recently our church purchased a beautiful property called Homestead Manor that was built in 1819. It has been used as a home, a hospital, a post office, a general store, and a restaurant. Now that it is being used as our church home, we are confident that it will remain a place where people can come to be healed, resourced, and fed!

Our hearts so quickly aligned with what Worship Leader Magazine is trying to do and we can’t wait to host you at the National Worship Leader Conference this summer!”
Dustin Smith
Pastor at Hope UC

Our Venue

The Homestead Manor

Perched on 50 acres of farmland and steeped spectacularly in local history since 1815, this stately pre-civil-war manor is a magnificent place to gather and connect.

4683 Columbia Pike
Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

Places to Stay


Pre-Conference & Night of Worship

Monday, July 12

($49 if attending conference or $129 for the day)

July 12 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Come early and attend our master classes. Choose between three tracks, Songwriting, Worship Education and Vocal coaching.

Songwriting Master Workshop

Calling all songwriters. Looking to dive deeper into the process and purpose of your songwriting? Join Grammy-nominated songwriter Krissy Nordhoff, author of Writing Worship “How to craft heartfelt songs for the church” & cofounder of Brave Worship, as she opens the door to discover, cultivate and nurture the songs in your heart in order to write impactful songs of worship. Krissy will be joined by friends including Chris Clayton, Dustin Smith, Crystal Yates, and Tim Timmons

Worship Educators Pre-Conference

Classes Included: The Heart of the Worship Educator led by Rory Noland, The Development of the Worship Educator led by Joshua Waggener, & The Way of Worship led by Dr. Vernon Whaley

Vocals Master Workshop: Make a Joyful Noise!

“Coaching the whole artist and the ministry of personally developing as we lead.” An interactive workshop in technique and song with a deeper dive into vocal anatomy, explaining the four most common vocal categories that cause problems for singers, and how to remedy them. Vocal Coach Deanna Delore is an award-winning vocalist, Certified Level 3 Voice Coach with IVA* and owner of Studio Vox Box.

Community Night of Worship

6:00 – 9:00PM

We’re kicking off this years conference with a free community night of worship with special guests CeCe Winans, Dustin Smith, Red Rocks Worship, Charity Gayle and more! We hope you’ll join us for this sweet time to reflect, reconnect and rediscovery community.

The Conference

Tuesday, July 13

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Rory Noland

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. Rory is also a published songwriter and has authored five books, including the best-selling book, The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team.


Christy Nockels

As a worship leader for over 25 years, Christy Nockels would tell you that her heart is to simply lead others to connect and communicate with the living God. Christy began writing music and singing in the church at a young age, as the daughter of a pastor in Oklahoma.


5 Fundamental Musical Components of Any Ensemble John Chilcote, Cedarville Univ

Authentic Worship Vocals John Chilcote, Cedarville Univ

Keyboards: How to be the Glue Shawn Reed, WLmagazine

Vocals: The Balancing Act Deanna Delore, StudioVoxBox

Vocals: Rusty Pipes 101 Deanna Delore, StudioVoxBo

Live-Streaming 101 Kent Morris & Jeff Barnett, Sweetwater

Live Streaming: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Warren Pettit, Contemporary Music Center

Getting Started with In-Ear Monitors Doug Gould, Worship MD

Video Lighting 101: Lighting Techniques for Worship Kent Morris & Jeff Barnett, Sweetwater

Why We Do What We Do Donnie Haulk, AE Global

A Worship Leader’s Survival Guide Steve & Shawn Reed, WLmagazine

Building Team vs Family Hope Darst, the Belonging

Can You Actually Prioritize Excellence & People? Josh Kluge, WorshipOnline

Creating a Songwriting Community Crystal & Will Yates

How Did Jesus Lead Worship/ The 10,000 Minutes Worship Leader Tim Timmons

Meeting Your Most Creative Curious Self David Bunker, Visible Music School

“Pillow Talk” for Worship Ministry Couples Gloria & Brannon Hancock, PhD, Wesley Seminary

Songwriting: Writing for Your Church Ryan Kennedy & Charity Gayle

The Flow of a Worship Service Roger O’Neel, Cedarville Univ

Worship Tune-Up: Revive Your Heart Shannon Davidson & Helen Steinkamp , Salt + Clay 

Beyond Sunday: Guiding Your Church in Worship Throughout the Week Craig Denison, First15

Blueprint for Culturally Relevant Biblically Faithful Pastor Steve Fry, The Gate

Leading on Empty: Finding Your Inspiration when You’ve Lost Your Motivation Dr. Jim Hart, Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Panel: Cultivating an Enriching & Creative Relationship: Senior Pastor & Worship Leader Dustin Smith, Chris Clayton, Charlie Wier, Rory Noland, Crystal & Will Yates, Tim Timmons

Right Worship: Sounding Creations Praise Dr. Jim Hart, Robert E Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Setting the Cornerstone: Worship is Centered in Jesus Christ Sam Green, Trevecca Univ

The Way of Worship: Brokenness Dr. Vernon Whaley, Trevecca Univ

This is Your Brain on Worship Elias Dummer

What’s Love Got to do with It: How The Heart of God Shapes Worship Pastor Steve Fry, The Gate

Worship as Evangelism Steele Croswhite, The Rock Music

An Evening of Songs and Stories

Presented by Turning Point Media Relations

Featuring a diverse lineup of acclaimed singer/songwriters and worship leaders, this intimate evening of music will showcase the heart behind the artist and the story behind the song. We will curate a lineup of key writers that span multiple genres—plus an engaging host— for a uniquely Nashville-style “writers round” on the grounds of Homestead Manor.

Hosted by Tim Timmons

Guest Artists: Elias Dummer, Tasha Layton, For the Fatherless & Aaron Shust

Wednesday, July 14

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


CeCe Winans

The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history.


Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith is a teacher, song writer and worship leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. He has an attitude that gives God all the glory, and that attitude transcends age, race, color and nationality.


Bass in Worship with Number System Jake DeJarnett

Acoustic Guitar James G

Harmony & Improvisation Sheri Gould

The 3-Part Magic Bullet for the Voice Sheri Gould

Vocals: Stayin’ Alive Sheri Gould

Wired for Worship: Adv RF Technology with Mics & IEMs Tim Moore. Sennheiser

Why Does It Sound So Bad? Top Reasons for Bad Church Sound Doug Gould, Worship MD

Modern Stage Design for Worship & Broadcast Donnie Haulk, AE Global

SingAccord in Practice Ben Spratling,IV, PHD, SingAccord

Worship in a Changing Technological Landscape Dr Brannon Hancock, Wesley SeminarySingAccord in Practice

5 Faders: Unlocking Your True Potential David Helmuth, adLIB

Building Your Worship Team Jason Squires, WLmagazine

Creativity & Imagination in the Telling of the Gospel veDavid Bunker, Visible School of Music

Getting Your Church to Sing: OnLine & InPerson Steve & Shawn Reed, WLmagazine

Leading Your Church in Original Song Sam Hart, Sam Hart Music

Planned & Prepared Rehearsals John Chilcote, Cedarville Univ

Preparing for Sunday without a Rehearsal Steve & Shawn Reed, WLmagazine

The Elephant in the Room Jason Squires, WLmagazine

Worship & Culture Dr Roger O’Neel, Cedarville, Univ

Worship Planning & Effective Communication Dr Sam Green, Trevecca Univ

Worship Tune-Up: Refresh Your Art Shannon Davidson & Helen Steinkamp , Salt + Cla

Artistic Temperament: Friend or Foe? Rory Noland

Beyond Sunday: Guiding Your Church in Worship Throughout the Week Craig Denison, First15

Empowering & Leading Young Leaders Crystal & Will Yates

Panel: The Faithful Project

Preparing for Spontaneity Dr Brannon Hancock, Wesley Seminary

Principles of Worship & Style: What is Your Context? Dr Sam Green, Trevecca Univ

Transforming Worship Rory Noland

 Then, All of a Sudden… Jamie Lawerence, Campbellsville University

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Bringing together musicians and songwriters, movers and shakers, theologians and scholars across the worldwide worship community.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Covid-19 Guidelines – we are following the CDC guidelines for TN. Night of worship will be in an open air barn/outside and all of the larger main sessions will be in the open air barn.