Restore Conference 2017

Friday, February 24 - Saturday, February 25

Located at Clemson Presbyterian Church

What does God desire of you in worship?

God has shown us in his Word what he desires of us in worship. Come be equipped to articulate the beauty and glory of Christ-centered worship through

Restore Conference: Worship in Spirit & Truth

Conference Speakers

  • Ligon Duncan

    Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. He received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and earned a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has authored many books, and is married to Anne, with whom he has a daughter named Sarah Kennedy and a son named Jennings.

  • Kevin Twit

    Rev. Kevin Twit is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Covenant Theological Seminary. He served as a Pastor at Christ Community Church for 8 years, and has been the RUF Campus Minister at Belmont University since 1995. In 1999 Kevin began Indelible Grace Music with some of his students. Kevin is married to Wendy and they have 3 children, including a daughter they adopted from China in 2005.

  • Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new melodies to centuries-old hymn texts, helping guide people into emotionally honest worship. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world. Born out of a college ministry, the reimagined hymns have found wide acceptance both among college students and the church at large, joining people who desire to honor tradition with those who want a modern musical approach. His latest album is Hiding Place.

  • Indelible Grace

    Indelible Grace Music grew out of ministering to college students, primarily through Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). As these students began to taste more of the depth of the gospel and the richness of the hymn tradition, many began to join the music of their culture with the words of our forefathers and a movement was born. Our hope is to be a voice calling our generation back to something rich and solid and beyond the fluff and the trendy.

Additional Breakout Speakers

  • David Sinclair, Clemson Presbyterian Church

    David received a B.S. from Clemson University, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from RTS in Jackson, MS. He served with RUF at Clemson University from 1984 to 1997 and Senior Pastor of Lexington Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2007. In 2007 he returned to Clemson Pres, where he serves as Senior Pastor. David is married to Becky and they have three children: Graham married to Katy, Laura Catherine married to Alex and Benjamin married to Korey.

  • Josh Jones, Crosspoint Church

    Josh is passionate about seeing families’ lives transformed by the Gospel. After graduating from Texas A&M (2004), Josh attended a nine-month discipleship program at Denton Bible Church in Denton, TX. This year was formative in shaping his desires for ministry and his understanding of the word of God. Josh earned a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary (2006). Josh moved to Clemson to serve at Crosspoint with his family in August of 2010. He is married to Ashley and they have three children: Ivy, Hudson and Caleb.

  • Ronnie Morris, Crosspoint Church

    Ronnie longs to see God’s people worshiping Him in spirit and truth in all facets of their lives. He helps to make this a reality through serving as Crosspoint’s Worship Minister. Shortly after Ronnie graduated from Clemson (2004), he served as Generation LINK Resident with Crosspoint for four years as Crosspoint’s Worship Leader. He earned an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2011). In 2013, he married his beautiful wife, Allison. They have a son, Tripp,  and a dog named Tiger.

  • Rob Emmons

    Rob Emmons has a MDiv degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He taught Bible, theology and apologetics at the Moody Bible Institute's Florida Extension for 18 years. Rob loves to teach God’s Word and encourage young Christians to grow in their knowledge of God.   He and his wife Sue have two grown children.  Rob enjoys hiking in the woods, reaching out to internationals and conversations at his favorite coffee shop.

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 24

5:30pm | Check-in and late registration

6:30pm | General Session I

8:00pm | Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace Concert

Saturday, February 25

7:45am | Coffee and late check-in

8:30 - 8:45am | Morning worship

9:00 - 10:00am | Breakout I

10:20 - 11:15am | General Session II

11:30am - 12:30pm | Breakout II

12:30 - 1:30pm | Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm | General Session III

Breakout I


1. Why We Still Need Hymns taught by Kevin Twit

Are hymns still relevant in our postmodern world? Worship is formative and this has profound implications for the kinds of songs we sing. We will discuss the valuable lessons of hymnody for today’s church. 

2. Living All of Life as a Worshipper of God taught by Ligon Duncan

As Christians, we are called (and privileged!) to worship the one true and living God in two distinct ways: (1) as we gather, under and according to, his Word and (2) everywhere else in all of life! This message will focus on how we can glorify God in the whole of life. As believers who say that “man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever,” this is an exceedingly important and practical matter.

3. Healthy Tensions: Striving for Biblical Balance in Worship taught by Ronnie Morris

Is worship of God to be solemn and reverent or free and celebratory? Should it engage our mind and intellect or our heart and emotions? Should the church stay rooted in the proven songs and liturgies of the past or explore and create new songs and liturgies for the present generation? This breakout will consider these questions and more in effort to discover and apply what the Bible teaches about healthy tensions in balanced worship.

4. Heart Preparation for Worship taught by David Sinclair

In his commentary on Joshua, Ralph Davis asks the question, "Do you prepare yourself for the practice of the public worship of God? If we are not impressed with the grandeur of the living God in public worship, is it because we have not prepared ourselves to see Him as such?" In this seminar, we will discuss the importance of heart preparation throughout the week in order that we might behold more of the beauty, glory and grace of our Savior when we gather together on the Lord's Day.

Breakout II


5. Christian Experience in the Hymns of Anne Steele taught by Kevin Twit

18th century hymnwriter Anne Steele was largely forgotten before Indelible Grace reintroduced her hymns to the world with their first record in 2000. Her hymns of lament and struggle contain some of the richest expressions of faith in hymnody and have much to teach the church today.

6. Emotionally Honest Worship taught by Matthew Smith

Many churches struggle with worship, leading to divided communities and disconnected hearts. This breakout session explores how hymns engage the imagination, intellect, will, and emotions to help people become fully alive, wholehearted worshipers of the living God. Includes time for Q&A discussion.

7. Worship in the Home taught by Josh Jones

God has entrusted parents with an essential responsibility to lead, model, and teach children to be worshippers of Christ. Come be encouraged and equipped with practical ways of shepherding children in your home.

8. Worship: Glorifying God and Enjoying God Forever taught by Rob Emmons

A sweep of the Bible’s multi-layered teaching on worship, from its preparatory phase in the Old Testament to its present fulfillment in Christ and future consummation in the New Creation.

LINK: Breakout Powerpoint Slides

Restore Conference Media

Below you will find the video recordings of the previous Restore Conferences.