Frequently Asked Questions

when does the conference take place?

The Baptist Church Music Conference usually occurs in March or April. It begins on Sunday afternoon and lasts until Tuesday evening. The 2019 BCMC will take place March 17th-19th.

Where is the CONFERENCE held?

The Baptist Church Music Conference is held in one of four states: Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. The 2019 BCMC will be held at Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, TN.

Does the conference cater to one style of music?

The short answer: No.

The long answer: The nature of our conference may indeed be something quite unique. The conference is planned and led by an Executive Council elected by the conference members. As our conference encompasses members with a wide variety of stylistic thought, so does the Executive Council, and thereby the conference itself. At times, the conference may take on more of a particular thrust than another, but overall, there really is something for everyone.

What is the attire for the conference?

As children of God and representatives of Christ, appropriate modesty is expected at all times. There is no official “dress code” for our conference. As you might expect, our conference reaches a wide variety of stylistic thought. You will see some members perfectly comfortable in a coat and tie, while others may be more comfortable in jeans and a polo. Perhaps a good rule of thumb might be that if you are comfortable wearing it to your own church, you’ll be in good company at the conference.

what is the relationship of SBCMC and BCMC?

Our conference was originally chartered as an organization of Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated ministers of music, denominational music employees, and state Southern Baptist leaders. With the advent of other Baptist fellowships and affiliations, we desired to widen our scope, gathering under the banner of Christian first, Baptist second, and to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.

In 2004, it was decided that our legal charter would remain “Southern Baptist Church Music Conference” because of the legal hurdles we would encounter should we attempt to change it. Officially, that is our name, but it was also decided that we would informally use the name “Baptist Church Music Conference” in respect of our varied membership.