Hearn Symposium Panels Discuss Contemporary, Congregational Music In Worship

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    Taking part in "An Apologetic from the Christian Music Industry to the Church" were (L to R) Peter York of Sparrow Records, recording artist and songwriter Charlie Peacock, Dr. Randall Bradley, professor of church music and director of Baylor's church music program, Billy Ray Hearn, president and CEO of EMI Christian Music Group, Bill Hearn of EMI Christian Music Group and Don Cason of Word Music.
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    In his keynote address, George Barna, the founder and directing leader of Barna Research Group, presented findings of a major survey that assesses the current state of music in worship.
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    George Barna, founder and directing leader of Barna Research Group.
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    Panel discussion on "An Apologetic from the Christian Music Industry to the Church" with (L to R) Randall Bradley, Charlie Peacock, Peter York, Bill Hearn and Don Cason.
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    Charlie Peacock, author, recording artist, songwriter, producer.
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    Peter York of Sparrow Records.
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    Bill Hearn of EMI Christian Music Group.
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    Don Cason of Word Music.
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    Billy Ray Hearn and Kurt Kaiser.
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    (R to L) Carl Daw, executive director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and Scott Dyer, Willow Creek Community Church, Barrington, Ill., were members of the panel discussion on "Songs of the People: Perspectives on Congregational Music."
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    Gwen Williams, From the Heart Ministries, New Orleans, took part in the panel discussion on "Songs of the People: Perspectives on Congregational Music."
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    Mike Coleman, president and CEO of Integrity Music, took part in the panel discussion on "Songs of the People: Perspectives on Congregational Music."
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    Michael Hawn, associate professor of music, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, took part in the panel discussion on "Songs of the People: Perspectives on Congregational Music."
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    Panel discussion on "Congregational Song and the Church: Three Perspectives" with Nathan Corbitt, professor at the Campolo School for Social Change at Eastern College, Philadelphia, Emily Brink, senior research fellow at the Institute for Music and Worship at Calvin College, and Jack Hayford, pastor of Church on the Way and chancellor of King?s College and Seminary, Los Angeles.
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    Emily Brink, senior research fellow at the Institute for Music and Worship at Calvin College.
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    Jack Hayford, pastor of Church on the Way and chancellor of King?s College and Seminary, Los Angeles.
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    Nathan Corbitt, professor at the Campolo School for Social Change at Eastern College, Philadelphia.
Oct. 15, 2002


Billy Ray Hearn Symposium on Christian Music
Symposium Sessions available on demand at baylortv.com
More than 500 pastors, worship leaders, musicians and others discussed the many issues surrounding "Music and the Church: Relevance in a Changing Culture," during the inaugural Billy Ray Hearn Endowed Symposium on Christian Music held Oct. 7-9 at Baylor University.

Four plenary sessions with major presenters from the fields of church music, academia and the Christian music industry discussed such issues as contemporary worship music, congregational music, youth/Gen X/Y, music and culture, and Christian music in a theological context.

They also heard from George Barna of Barna Research Group, who presented the findings of a national "music in worship" survey commissioned specifically for the symposium.

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