The Oaks Church hosted its first-ever worship conference, “Hunger and Thirst,” on Oct. 5 and 6. The gathering also served as the perfect stage for a live recording of the worship team’s new album, featuring songs written by students of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Oaks School of Leadership.

Sophomore Karli Bouck is one of three OSL students who had a hand in songwriting for the upcoming album.

“It is really such a privilege that I get to be a part of this," Bouck said.

With numerous songs written by SAGU OSL students, Bouck added, “I think it’s a really big eye-opener for my generation and my peers — that we can make an impact now.”

The Hunger and Thirst conference focused on cultivating a culture of worship both in the church and the community. The theme for the conference was derived from a passage in the book of Matthew that states, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

There are 12 songs on the album, all of which were written and were performed by either SAGU OSL interns or SAGU alumni. The two other interns involved in songwriting for the record include Jocelyn Reyes and former intern, Rachel Atkinson.

“There are so many people behind the scenes on this project who are a part of SAGU and a part of the Oaks…it is going to be a catalyst for a lot of things,” added Bouck, who wrote the song, “Blessed Be.”

“The words ‘Blessed be your name God’ is something that I would sing once in a while," she explained. "Through the past seasons of my life, it has been what has gotten me through everything."

Bouck served as a lead vocalist in the live recording alongside worship pastor Clayton Brooks and associate worship Pastor Alex Kissinger, both of whom are SAGU alumni.

Along with the live worship album, the Oaks welcomed special guest Michael Miller, senior pastor of the UpperRoom Dallas, as the speaker for the first night of the conference. Scott Wilson, the senior pastor of the Oaks Church, spoke on the second night.

People who are interested in purchasing the album or have questions about it can email The Oak Church worship pastor Clayton Brooks at clayton.brooks@oaks.church.

To learn more about the Oaks School of Leadership, go to www.sagu.edu/admissions/osl. For more information about SAGU or the degrees the university offers, visit www.sagu.edu.