Integrating Theology & Contemporary Worship Day Conference

In 2017, the London School of Theology Music and Worship Department is celebrating twenty years of training students within a combined and integrated course of study in theology, music and worship. To coincide with this, we invite you to join us for a timely and exciting opportunity to engage with scholars focusing on the theology and practice of Christian Worship in its contemporary context.

The programme will feature scholarly presentations sessions viewing worship through the lens of liturgical history, biblical studies and musicology. Particular attention will be given to examining Contemporary Worship – an area in need of further research and the current focus of Lester Ruth and Swee Hong Lim’s forthcoming work, Lovin’ on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship (Abingdon Press).

Featured speakers include:
Dr. Lester Ruth. Research Professor of Christian Worship, Duke Divinity School

Dr. Graham Twelftree. Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity, LST

Dr. Martin Clarke. Lecturer in Music, The Open University

The cost for the conference is £15 (including lunch) or £10 for current students & unwaged. To register visit

9-10am: Registration with Coffee & Tea

10-10:55am: Session 1

“When the Music Fades: The Many Facets of Contemporary Worship’s Historical Development”
Prof. Lester Ruth
Duke University

11am-1pm: Session 2

“Contemporary Worship, Scriptural Truth and Spiritual Formation”
Dr. Scott Connell
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Personal Jesus: Understanding Contemporary Congregational Songs through the ‘Magisteria-Ibiza Spectrum’”
Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton
Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia

“Why, on Earth, do Christians Sing? Reflecting on Revelation’s ‘New Song’”
Dr. Peter Watts
University of Nottingham

“‘All the Earth Let Us Sing’: Narrative Theology and Transnational Routes of Australian Christian Congregational Music”
Nathan Bettcher
University of Adelaide

1-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-2:15pm: Session 3

“Worship in the Spirit in Acts”
Prof. Graham Twelftree
London School of Theology

2:15-2:30pm: Break

2:30-3:30pm: Session 4

Room 1

“Ancient Hymns for the Modern Church: Lessons from the Life and Legacy of Isaac Watts”
Daniel Johnson
Nexus Institute of Creative Arts, Coventry

“Intimacy, Participation and the Divine-Human Relationship in Worship. Bringing Calvin into Dialogue with Pentecostal-Charismatic Worship”
Nick Drake
University of Birmingham

“Spirit Break Out: Examining the Theological and Musical Development of Worship Central”
Christopher Anthony
University of Birmingham

“Theology in Anthropology: Embodiment, Participation, Community and Globalisation in Worship Music in an African Church”
Jan Hellberg
Åbo Akademi University

Room 2

“Engaging with Scripture Through Sound: Employing Sound Art to Renew Our Public Reading of Scripture in Worship”
Sunil Chandy
University of the Arts, London

“Our Whole Lives are Worship…?”
Sam Hargreaves
London School of Theology

“Musical Instruments & The Gift of Tongues”
Jonathan Rowlands
University of Nottingham

“God With Us: The Contribution of Rowan Williams for a Vineyard Sacramental Theology of Worship”
Tom Creedy
Independent Scholar

3:30-3:45pm: Break

3:45-4:45pm: Session 5

“Sing to the Lord an Old Song: Contemporary Settings of Traditional Hymn Texts”
Dr. Martin Clarke
The Open University

4:45-5pm: Final Discussion

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change.

Contact Matthew Green at or 01923456220 for more information. Please inform us of any food allergies or restrictions when booking.

LST is an interdenominational, evangelical learning community with nearly 700 students in total, including students on four undergraduate BA programmes, a wide range of taught and research postgraduate programmes, and distance-learning programmes.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th July!

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