At this year’s summer conferences, worship pastors and musicians prepare for a range of emotions as churches sing together again. This spring and summer mark the return of a staple of worship culture: conferences. These large-scale events offer leaders and musicians training, teaching, new music, and the opportunity to participate in carefully planned and produced worship services led by nationally known figures. In 2021, more than a year after COVID-19 quieted church services, the messaging for these conferences ranges from therapeutic to defiant. “As we worship, the prophetic will come forth and marching orders for an arising army will be…