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The Church's "Big" Choir
Integration of the choir into all aspects of worship and the choir's voice into the congregation's repertoire.
Article | June 19, 2019
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
Eric Mathis on Expanding Teens’ Vision of Worship
Defining “worship” is an essential step for churches that want to start including youth in planning and leading worship. Teenagers long for worship that connects to life issues such as justice, imagination, and the arts.
Conversation | February 14, 2017
First Steps for Including Teens in Planning and Leading Worship
Integrating youth leadership throughout the church is a new paradigm. But churches are reaping the benefits of mentoring youth to plan and lead worship.
Feature Story | February 13, 2017
Strengthening Congregational Life
This presentation set up a series of workshops that focused on 'Strengthening Congregational Life Through Liberal Arts-style Learning.'
Video | July 18, 2016
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
Best Resources for Teaching Worship
Seven college and seminary professors list their top short reads for teaching worship and say which resources would be most helpful for church worship and liturgy committees.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
What You Can Learn from Visiting Churches
College and seminary professors offer church observation guides for their students. You can use their insights to learn more when you visit other churches. This process can also help you understand how people experience liturgical practices in your own congregation.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
What I Learned about Teaching Worship from a Chemistry Professor
"What’s a POGIL?” I asked, half-seriously, half-laughingly. My wife, Sheila, a chemistry instructor in a university was attending a conference for chemistry educators about a pedagogy growing in popularity in science classrooms around the United States. She explained that POGIL is a method for teaching both class content and important skills such as critical thinking and teamwork without using a lecture format.
Article | March 30, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Getting Started with the Christian Year
Any church leadership team that hopes to increase the observance of the Christian year in their congregation will first need to identify how much shaping influence this practice has at present.
Topic Showcase | February 16, 2015
Can I be Native and Christian?
In November 2014 Calvin College senior Chantelle Yazzie traveled to Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation, Carlton, MN, to participate in the third annual “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” conference.
Reflection | January 16, 2015
Music in Culture, Music in Worship: Different Roles and Goals
Someone on social media recently sent out a photo of two young boys lost in worship. This photo reminded me of John Calvin’s famous words, “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.”
Article | December 18, 2014
The Blessing and Bane of the North American Evangelical Megachurch
The music of the megachurch is both a bane and a blessing. The key task is discerning which of its dimensions fall in each category.
Article | November 20, 2014
Worship Planning Process
Some questions to guide you through the worship planning process.
Resource Guide | November 20, 2014
Pattern of worship
A basic flow to the dialogic pattern of worship.
Worship Service | November 19, 2014
Images and Themes in John Calvin's Theology of Liturgy
John Calvin wrote much about the value, purpose, and nature of Christian liturgy.
Article | November 19, 2014
More Than Technique: All worship planners and leaders have a pastoral calling
We need a perspective, a way of conceptualizing our role as worship leaders that will sustain us in our day-to-day work in our congregations.
Article | November 17, 2014