Zac Hicks is Canon for Worship & Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL), blogger at zachicks.com, and author of The Worship Pastor (Zondervan, 2016). He grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, trained in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary, and his current doctoral work is in the theology and worship of the English Reformation. Zac’s passions include exploring the intersection of old and new in worship and thinking through the pastoral dimensions of worship leading. He is a songwriter, having recorded seven albums to date. Zac has contributed articles and posts to Worship Leader Magazine, Reformed Worship, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and Doxology & Theology.
Zac has been married for seventeen years to his wife, Abby, and they have four children—Joel, Jesse, Brody, and Bronwyn
2018 Breakout Sessions
God is Actually in the Room: Worship as Encounter
When we gather for worship, do we really believe that God will be present in a unique way? In this session, we will examine a biblical and theological case for the presence of God in worship's various elements, and explore practically how we can recover the wonder of the God who is there.
Planning Worship Like a Dietician
Worship planning is all too often enslaved to the tyranny of the urgent. In this session, we will look at planning through the helpful metaphor of a "theological dietician," exploring the breadth of themes in the Scriptures and how we can successfully plan a healthy "diet" of those themes into the short-term and long-term rhythms of weekly worship.
The Lord Will Fight for Us: Worship as War
When we enter into gathered worship, we step into a battlefield where a spiritual war is taking place. How does Scripture tell us to arm ourselves? What are our chief weapons? How are we made ready? How do we cultivate a sense of urgency in others? We will explore these questions and more.
A Touchy Subject: Emotions and Worship
What do our emotions have to do with worship? Is healthy emotionalism even imaginable in our contexts, and if so, how do we help the people of God engage in "faithful feelings" when we gather to sing, pray, preach, and come to the table? We will explore biblical themes and the history that has shaped our thinking, and we will look at some practical ways to move toward a more Christian understanding of emotions in worship.
Architecting Gospel-Shaped Worship Services in Any Tradition
The gospel is the center of our Christian faith, and its story has anchored worship for centuries across many different traditions. How do we structure worship services which are "in step with the truth of the gospel" (Gal 2:14), simultaneously faithful to the historic traditions and practices of the church and engaged with the needs and expressions of our local community's time and place? We will explore this and more.