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Constance Cherry on Competing Metaphors for Worship
Most churches measure worship services against a certain ideal. They may think of worship like a concert, entertainment, dialogue, or something else. Even if they have not consciously chosen an operating metaphor for worship, their pattern greatly influences how individuals and congregations live out their faith.
Conversation | February 15, 2019
The Contemplative Worship Leader
New and ancient patterns in Christ’s Spirit are available to worship leaders, this workshop explores how to find life and vitality in our diverse contexts and through our varied personalities.
Audio | March 01, 2018
The Immigrants' Creed
This creed professes the Christian faith through the experience of an immigrant.
Worship Service | February 08, 2018
Renewed: Ready My Heart
What if we thought about Christ’s birth as an ongoing reality, rather than a one-time event? That’s just what Lois Shuford’s haunting Advent song “Ready My Heart” does: it helps us prepare our hearts for Christ to dwell in us every day.
Video | November 27, 2017
Does Church Location Make Any Difference?
Because human beings are embodied creatures, the shape of the material world—in particular, the shape of the built environment—will affect their spiritual lives, both in relation to God and to each other.
Article | October 24, 2017
Reflections from a Charlottesville Church . . .
Isaac Wardell, Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares reflections from his experience shepherding their Charlottesville congregation in Sunday worship through the trauma of hatred, bigotry, and violence that took place in their small town less than one day before they gathered for worship.
Reflection | August 28, 2017
When Helping Heals: Affirming Global Service in our Churches
Providing charitable support and development assistance to people in need can and does work, but, like any important activity, we must learn how to do it well.
Article | August 22, 2017
How Worship Change Happened at American Lutheran Church
This once-aging, now-thriving Lutheran congregation became more comfortable with worship changes by using visuals and stories, reading books together, and sharing over meals.
Feature Story | August 18, 2017
Jamie Skillen on Creation Care and Sabbath Rest
Christians often talk about the doctrine of creation as mainly about origins and God’s glory. Jamie Skillen goes deeper by looking at God’s purpose in creation and how that applies to creation care.
Conversation | August 04, 2017
Open to Embracing the Difference: Emmett G. Price III
Emmett G. Price III reflects on the how worship brings together people with unique differences.
Video | March 23, 2017
Revelation 22: The River of Life/El río de la vida
A bi-lingual worship service held at Worship Symposium 2017
Video | March 13, 2017
Public Worship as Sign and Means of New Creation
N. T. Wright gives his plenary address at Worship Symposium 2017.
Audio | Video | February 15, 2017
Shaping a Congregation's Worship DNA
The workshop offers wisdom for designing and shaping the first year of worship in new and restart church settings.
Audio | February 14, 2017
The Interplay of Liturgy and Catechism in the Ministry of Martin Luther and John Calvin
Some examples from the Lutheran and Reformed traditions
Article | May 05, 2016
El culto como práctica formativa
Uno de los movimientos más importantes en los campos de Estudios Litúrgicos y Educación Cristiana en los últimos 30 años ha sido un renovado énfasis en cómo las prácticas cristianas modelan la espiritualidad de la congregación y de sus miembros.
Audio | April 28, 2016
Rediscovering Biblical Lament and Christian Hope in a Congregational Context
How can congregations reclaim the biblical practice of bringing both grief and anger before the Lord in prayer and worship? How can these practices ultimately be an expression of Christian hope in God’s promises?
Audio | April 21, 2016
Bad Worship in the Bible
What does the Bible have to say about bad worship? And how might we strive to learn from what it says and adjust our own worship practices accordingly?
Audio | April 21, 2016
Work, Worship, and Mission: Overlooked First Steps of Missional Ministry
There is a lot of talk about missional communities in North American churches today. These important conversations are helpful as we think about the church’s witness to society.
Audio | April 21, 2016
Jane Rogers Vann on Trusting the Liturgy
Many worship leaders wear themselves out trying to make worship new, fresh, relevant and, above all, different than it was last year or even last week. Maybe they don’t need to change so much and so often.
Conversation | April 12, 2016
Worship Resources for Radical Hospitality
Scripture models well for us how to speak about immigration in worship. Together, with Abraham, Jesus, and the early church, we can model radical hospitality, we can lament the pain of leaving and the pain of the journey, we can witness God's faithfulness to the refugees and migrants in the past, and together, united as the body of Christ, we can seek responses that reflect God's heart. Ultimately, we can look forward with hope, knowing that our "citizenship is in heaven."
Resource Guide | March 14, 2016