I wasn't sure what to think when I found out today about an upcoming worship conference to be held at Walt Disney World in 2011. It's called the Experience Conference, and it looks like it's going to be the biggest worship conference the world has ever seen, featuring over 60 celebrity worship leaders and speakers, a jam packed itinerary complete with a "Night of Joy" that could feature your worship band if you audition and win!
Does this clash of cultures--God's Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom--seem strange to anyone else? We talk often on this blog about the detrimental effects of cultural accommodation in Contemporary Church worship. Does a worship event held at Disney World speak to the syncretism of Contemporary Worship and American culture? Or should we find it encouraging to see a worship conference taking place in the epicenter of the American dream? And more generally, what are the benefits of attending big, expensive, worship conferences such as these?