Join Me at This Year's D&T Conference
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What shapes the gathering of your church?
Whether your tradition is high-church, low-church, or somewhere in between, every church has a liturgy. The word “liturgy” comes the Greek word lateuro, which means “to serve.” So whether you call your gatherings a “worship service” or a “liturgy,” each term rightly communicates a gathered work of the people. As church leaders, our liturgy must be carefully, biblically, and regularly examined in the light of God’s word and our missional context.
The theme of this year’s Doxology & Theology Conference is liturgy. During our time together, we will explore the various expressions of liturgical traditions and learn how critical Scripture is to our gatherings. We will hear God’s word preached and sing our lungs out together. Our hope is that each local church leader will see the glory of Christ with fresh eyes, love his word more, and better understand corporate worship. Another lasting benefit is the friendships that will be both born and deepened by our time together. I have come to know some of my dearest worship-leading friends through D&T and conferences like it.
The five main conference sessions will be focused around a powerful outline of how the Bible should shape our corporate worship, first articulated by Ligon Duncan. Duncan explains, “The New Testament says that when churches gather they should read the Bible, preach the Bible, pray the Bible, sing the Bible, and see the Bible.” 
1. Read the Bible
Paul tells Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13). When and how should Scripture-reading shape your service?
2. Preach the Bible
“Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2), Scripture says. What role does preaching the Scripture play in the context of a liturgy, and in the life of the church?
3. Pray the Bible
The Father’s house “is a house of prayer,” said Jesus (Matt. 21:13). How can Scripture shape and inform the way we pray together corporately?
4. Sing the Bible
Paul told the church in Colossae, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16). How does Scripture inform the songs the church sings?
5. See the Bible
Augustine called baptism and the Lord’s Supper “visible words.” What role do these two ordinances play in gathered worship? (1 Cor. 11:17-34).
The Doxology & Theology Conference is for elders and pastors, worship leaders, music ministry volunteers, or anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of what the church is to do when we are gathered together. Come join us for three days of equipping and encouragement, so that you can better serve the local church and be built up for the work ahead. I can’t wait to see you there!
Matt Boswell is the worship pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, and is the founder of Doxology & Theology.
 Ligon Duncan, “Foundations for Biblically Directed Worship” in Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, ed. Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W.H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan, III [Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing Co., 2003], (65-68).