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Suzanne L. Vinson on Congregations Creating Liturgical Language
Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, often invites members to write words used in worship. They've found that crafting liturgical language, such as calls to worship or stewardship and psalm or song paraphrases, is an easy way to help more people participate in worship and congregational life.
Article | May 23, 2022
Carol Arend on the Art of Accompaniment
Accompanying people on their faith journey is an art that can be learned, according to Pope Francis. When St. Thomas More Catholic Community committed itself to the art of accompaniment, it learned principles that nearly any worship community can apply, Catholic or not.
Conversation | February 14, 2022
Jon Terry and Liuan Huska on Liturgies of Restoration
Au Sable Institute developed its Liturgies of Restoration workbook to help university students in summer field science courses connect Christian worship and creation care. Now small groups and churches are using the workbook to cultivate habits of worship, community, earthkeeping, purposeful stewardship, and hope.
Conversation | January 05, 2022
Faith Communities and Safe Dwelling Places
Philosopher and author Lee Hardy noticed derelict buildings near his church for decades before realizing that faith-based communities have valuable resources to address the affordable housing crisis.
Feature Story | March 01, 2021
Lee Hardy on Housing, Justice, and Worship
Completing a grant project on faith communities and affordable housing convinced Lee Hardy that justice and worship are internally linked. That’s why he says worship services should include housing justice, and Christians and congregations should advocate to change unjust systems.
Conversation | March 01, 2021
Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson on Work and Worship
Many of us feel guilty for thinking about work during gathered worship. We don’t see a connection between what we do in worship and what we do at work. But a new book on work and worship describes biblical worship practices that help workers reclaim their place in the priesthood of all believers.
Conversation | December 03, 2020
Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy
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Book Excerpt | December 02, 2020
Liturgy as the Church's Primary Teaching Tool?!
2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | February 07, 2020
Billy Kluttz on Paperless Liturgy and Music
Sometimes not providing written or projected words and notes is the best way to make liturgy truly the work of the people. Paperless liturgy and paperless music can be great tools for including all ages and abilities in worship.
Conversation | January 08, 2020
Intergenerational Worship Model Based on Scripture and Story
Residents of senior living communities often feel cut off from church life. Meanwhile, congregations often feel segregated by age. This participatory intergenerational worship model brings people together around Scripture and life stories.
Feature Story | January 06, 2020
Tim Shapiro on How Your Congregation Learns
Many congregations suspect they need to change but don’t know how. Tim Shapiro’s book describes eight steps that healthy congregations can take to learn together. These learning journey stages have parallels to elements of Christian worship.
Conversation | November 12, 2019
The Lord's Supper Liturgy
Lord's Supper liturgy that includes children asking questions.
Resource Guide | October 08, 2019
Four Ways to Mentor Worship Leaders
Four church leaders describe how they train and mentor worship leaders in their contexts. They try to identify gifts and to make room for everyone no matter their immigration status, age, or gender.
Feature Story | August 16, 2019
Derek Elmi-Buursma on Communion and Context
Whether you call it Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, or something else, you may wonder how to connect this sacrament with real life. Learn how one small urban congregation creates eucharistic liturgies for living in a broken world.
Conversation | June 04, 2019
Round Three: Ordination Best Practices for Priests, Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
For our final round of ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five more traditions. Their best practices will help you understand the significance of ordaining people as bishops, priests, ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | March 14, 2019
Worship that Cares for People Pastorally
You may think of pastoral care mainly as personal visits to someone’s hospital room or home. But Howard Vanderwell wrote that the entire worship service has “powerful potential for caring for worshipers’ needs.” His book Caring Worship: Helping Worship Leaders Provide Pastoral Care through the Liturgy explains how.
Feature Story | February 13, 2019
John McClure on How Liturgical Practices Can Shape Conversations in a Pluralistic World
Christian liturgical practices—confession, intercession, and preaching—contain wisdom that can bring compassion and consensus to public conversations around contentious moral issues.
Conversation | December 04, 2018
Kevin Adams on the Mission at the Heart of Classic Worship
An ancient pattern at the heart of classic Christian worship helps welcome and orient people into life in the body of Christ.
Conversation | July 25, 2018
Kevin Adams on Framing Words for Missional Worship
Worship can change lives when people understand what they are doing and why. Carefully chosen words help frame classic worship elements so gathered congregants are sent out to embody God’s grace, mercy, and peace.
Conversation | July 25, 2018
Round Two: Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
Our first roundup of ordination resources was so popular that we have now consulted five more experts from five more denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | November 21, 2017