To Provide Live Webcast Of Hearn Symposium Sessions

Oct. 1, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Billy Ray Hearn Symposium on Christian Music
Symposium Sessions available on demand at
Four plenary sessions of the Billy Ray Hearn Endowed Symposium on Christian Music Oct. 7-9 at Baylor University will be streamed live via the Internet on

"Music and the Church: Relevance in a Changing Culture" is sponsored by Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies.

2:30pm, Monday, Oct. 7, Keynote Address:
• George Barna, Barna Research Group.

During the opening session in Jones Concert Hall, Barna will present findings of a survey commissioned by the symposium that assesses the current state of music in worship. The findings will include types of music currently used, attitudes toward music and worship, how churches deal with music-related challenges, and more.

8:00am, Tuesday, Oct. 8, Presentation and Q&A Discussion:
An Apologetic from the Christian Music Industry to the Church
• Charlie Peacock, author, recording artist, songwriter, producer

10:00am, Tuesday, Oct. 8, Panel Discussion:
Songs of the People: Perspectives on Congregational Music
• Michael Hawn, Michael Hawn, associate professor of music, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
• Gwen Williams, From the Heart Ministries, New Orleans
• Carl Daw, executive director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
• Mike Coleman, president and CEO of Integrity Music
• Scott Dyer, Willow Creek Community Church, Barrington, Ill.

1:00pm, Tuesday, Oct. 8, Presentations:
Congregational Song and the Church: Three Perspectives
• Nathan Corbitt, professor at the Campolo School for Social Change at Eastern College, Philadelphia (Evangelical Church Perspective)
• Emily Brink, senior research fellow at the Institute for Music and Worship at Calvin College (Mainline Church Perspective)
• Jack Hayford, pastor of Church on the Way and chancellor of King's College and Seminary, Los Angeles (Charismatic Church Perspective)

Hearn, president and CEO of EMI Christian Music Group and a member of the Baylor Board of Regents, established the symposium to address issues in Christian music, to explore the role of Christian music in culture, and to ensure dialogue and facilitate interaction between church musicians, pastors, Christian music industry executives, artists and composers.

For more information, contact the Baylor Center for Christian Music Studies at (254) 710-2360 or visit the conference web site at

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