Worship Pioneer’s 20-Year Journey Leads Church Back To The Heart Of Worship

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LaMar Boschman’s International Worship Institute Celebrates with Platinum Song, Dance and Worship, July 3-7, 2006

“Just because people are lifting their hands does not mean they are worshiping,” said praise and worship pioneer LaMar Boschman in his Charisma House book, A Heart of Worship. LaMar, who over the last 20 years has seen worship grow into a thriving industry, remembers a time before song leaders became worship leaders, worship teams replaced the piano and organ, and video projectors replaced hymn books.

On July 3-7, 2006 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas, LaMar begins a new decade of equipping leaders and laymen with biblical insight so they can experience a deeper, more effective worship, during the Platinum International Worship Institute: The Story (http://www.worshipinstitute.com).

Lauded for his writings on the importance of God-centered worship, LaMar often explains during popular seminars, like Real Men Worship and The Jesus Encounter: “Worship is born out of our relationship with God. We worship because of who He is, not just what He does for us. Thanksgiving and praise are often based on Christ’s deeds—but worship is more an attitude based on his Person than an outward expression or passing emotion.”

According to 2002 Barna research, only three out of ten church-going adults indicated they view worship as something that is focused primarily on God, while one out of every five admitted that they had no idea what the most important outcome of worship is.

Jack Hayford, pastor of The Church on the Way in San Fernando Valley, CA who is scheduled to attend Platinum IWI, said “LaMar Boschman's leadership in worship is a continuing gift of the grace of God to the church today. His timeless prompting…is worthy of our attention and sensitive response." Popular Australian worship leader Darlene Zschech, who wrote Shout to the Lord and was a 2004 IWI faculty member, called IWI’s worship “wonderful, passionate and integral!”

Other distinguished IWI alumni and faculty that are scheduled to attend include Paul Baloche, Parachute Band, Joseph Garlington, Bob Fitts, Morris Chapman, and Ross Parsley. In total, more than 50 of the world’s most gifted worship leaders and ministers are scheduled to teach and lead worship. Other former faculty members include Matt Redman, Myles Munroe, Chris Tomlin, Rita Springer, Israel Houghton, Darrell Evans, Ron Kenoly, Andrae Crouch, Richard Twiss, Alvin Slaughter, James Robison, and many others.

Since its inception in 1986, Boschman’s annual five-day school has earned a reputation for practicing what it teaches. From 9 am to midnight, worship leaders, musicians, pastors, dancers, choir directors and worshipers from around the globe gather for an unforgettable worship experience that includes 100 workshops, Biblical teaching, musical training and vertical worship in small groups and packed auditoriums. Sounds of hymns, gospel, Latin, jazz, ethnic drums, and alternative music usher in God’s presence for teens to grandparents representing many cultures, countries and church denominations.

Over the years, IWI has become a neutral zone, where all denominations and movements could explore and experience deeper places in worship. In fact, IWI’s nickname, “United Nations of Worship,” grew from its population of international students, who are as diverse as there are colors in the rainbow. Swirling praise banners, harmonic worship choruses and colorfully dressed students participating in spiritual worship is IWI’s signature that leaves participants with indelible memories and a better understanding of what worship should be.

LaMar once warned the church about counterfeit worship in his bestselling Destiny Image book release The Rebirth of Music. “Christian music that is “horizontal” can impress and stir people; however, if the only reason for using it is to display talent and move emotions, we are doing it with the wrong motive. Kingdom music is spiritual music that goes beyond an admirable performance!”

LaMar and his wife Teresa live in Bedford, Texas near The International Worship Institute headquarters. They have two sons. For information about Platinum IWI, LaMar Boschman and other resources and seminars, visit http://www.worshipinstitute.com.

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