Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts. Rory currently leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory is Head of the Worship Department at Nebraska Christian College where he teaches courses in worship and spiritual formation for artists. He is also a regular contributor to “Worship Leader” magazine and his “Daily Praise Offering” is posted every day at www.heartoftheartist.org. Rory is a published songwriter and has authored four books, all published by Zondervan.
Rory earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University as well as a Master’s Degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He is a trained spiritual director (through Christos) and has a certificate in spiritual formation from The Transforming Center. Rory served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, for twenty years and most recently as Pastor of Worship for Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
2016 Breakout Sessions
Artistic Temperament: Friend or Foe?
If we're not careful, sometimes our greatest strengths can become our gravest weaknesses. This session will take an honest look at the strengths and the weaknesses of the artistic temperament and offer practical ideas on how to prevent those weaknesses from creating havoc in our lives and in our ministries.
Spiritual Formation for Artists
If our ministry is the product of our relationship with Christ, it's essential to nurture a vibrant intimacy with the Lord. Join us as we discuss what is the next step for you spiritually.
Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven
Chances are, few people would include worship in their list of top spiritual disciplines. Yet, it is one of the most important of all. This workshop will offer practical ideas on how to practice worship as a vital spiritual discipline.
Reimagining the Psalms for Private and Gathered Worship
It's time for the Church to rediscover the lost art of "speaking to another in Psalms." This interactive session will help the Psalms come alive for you in fresh and creative ways.
How to Survive the Rigors of Ministry
How can you avoid burnout in ministry? How can you continue to lead worship with passion? Discover what you can now to ensure that you'll be in ministry for the long haul.