Call for end to ‘Worship Wars’ at CRE National 2019

Let’s bring an end to our ‘worship wars’.

That will be Chris Bowater’s message at the upcoming Christian Resources Exhibition (15-17 Oct, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey).

‘Battles over musical styles, levels of volume, kinds of instruments and old versus new – they’ve gone on for decades,’ said Chris, a long-established composer and father of the modern worship movement. ‘Ironically, in heaven worship unites us! So what is it we fight over – and why?’

Attempting to answer these and other allied questions forms the basis of Worship Wednesday (Oct 16) – a day-long conference at CRE National 2019. Chris will be joined by leading songwriters and worship leaders representing different traditions and styles. These include Roger Jones, leader of CMM (Christian Music Ministries) and receiver of 2019 Thomas Cranmer award from the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as recording artists Lou Fellingham, Noel Robinson and Carla Lane.

‘Together we will address our divisions and turn our diversities into the kind of worship that expresses the multi-coloured and multi-faceted wisdom and splendour of God,’ said Chris. ‘We are anticipating a creative and informative day of participation and celebration!’

More than 200 organisations have booked stands at CRE National 2019 and will display everything from card donation kiosks to communion wine, musical instruments to motorcycle funerals. More than 60 seminars and presentations will cover a host of practical subjects, from sound systems to security.

‘Local churches face a multitude of questions and the exhibition offers some vital lightbulb moments,’ said event director Brett Pitchfork. ‘Experts fill every aisle, guiding visitors through the complexities of local ministry.’

More than 4000 local church leaders and members are expected to visit the three-day event which will be opened by former Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones and actress Fiona Hendley.

• CRE National 2019 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey opening hours: Tue 15 and Wed 16 Oct, 10am-5pm; Thu 17 Oct, 10am-4.30pm. Book your tickets in advance and save at least 50 per cent on day‑of‑entry admission. Visit for more information. 

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