Altars: A Fellowship of Worship Leaders Retreat


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On March 23-25, 2023, we as worship leaders from across the country are gathering in the Woodlands, TX. Bound together by a desire to faithfully lead worship toward an awakening, you are invited to this inaugural retreat of the Fellowship of Worship Leaders.

We don’t need more stages and studios.
We need Altars.

Our hope is not in platforms and pulpits.
Our moment calls for Altars.

Altars are what we as worship leaders have been called by God to build for His people. And that’s a vocation too holy, too challenging, to be done in isolation. Next March, we hope you will join in inaugurating Altars: A Fellowship of Worship Leaders for Awakening.

Join us in a place of encounter and prayer, in a context of fire and communion. Sourced and expanding out from the New Room family, Altars will initiate a friend group that redefines the meaning of “worship band.” This will be a fellowship founded in the trust, courage, and empathy, a community of banded discipleship in which all generations and styles are welcome.

You’re being invited, not to attend another conference, but to get your hands into the shaping of a unique koinonia where artists of different kinds meet with God to be healed and refreshed and to explore the skills of Spirit-assisted leadership.

Altars will be a crossroads of new relationships and theological vision, a gathering of thirsty Christians who desire to cultivate that thirst in our great Redeemer’s praise. We’re after a kind of sacramental life and consecration in worship that God could inhabit for a great awakening.

Be a part of this launch event with us. See you in the Woodlands in March 2023.

David Thomas, Lo Alaman, J. D. Walt, Dan Wilt, Brenna Bullock, Mark Swayze, Josh Lavender, Jonathan Powers, Mark Benjamin, and more

Schedule Overview:

Altars will begin at 1pm on Thursday, March 23rd and end by noon Saturday, March 25th. Our time in between will include:

  • Time for Connection and Fellowship
  • Your Calling as a Worship Leader
  • What is Awakening—and What Part Does Worship Play?
  • How Do We Pastor Encounters with God?
  • What is the Role of a Worship Leader?
  • Christ & Our Worship Theology
  • Times of Healing and Prayer Ministry
  • Commissioning and Blessing
  • Facing Ministry Challenges
  • Worship Planning for Today’s Worship Leader
  • Leading An Effective Worship Set
  • Song Selection
  • Establishing New Communities of Worship
  • And many more!
  • Meals provided: Thursday Dinner, Friday Lunch
  • Food trucks will be on site for Friday dinner
We need you to:
  • Register as early as possible as space is limited!

What are my hotel options?
All hotels are able to be booked Wednesday-Friday night (3/22-3/24), with a checkout date on Saturday (3/25). For questions or complications with hotel reservations, please email Deana Garner at

Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands

  • Rate: $159-$169
  • Distance from Gathering Venue: 1.2 Miles
  • Group Name: Pastor’s Conference at The Woodlands Methodist Church
  • Cutoff Date: 02/22/23
  • Book here.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston – Woodlands/Shenandoah

  • Rate: $129
  • Distance from Gathering Venue: 2.3 Miles
  • Cutoff Date: 03/08/23
  • Book here.

Springhill Suites by Marriott Houston The Woodlands

  • Rate: $116
  • Distance from Gathering Venue: 4.7 Miles
  • Group Name: Pastor Conference
  • Cutoff Date: 03/01/23
  • Book here.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston The Woodlands

  • Rate: $89
  • Distance from Gathering Venue: 4 Miles
  • Group Name: Seedbed Pastors Conference
  • Cutoff Date: 03/08/23
  • Book here.

Young adults: If you are 25 and under and in need of assistance with accommodations, please email