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Worship and Christian Community Development
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Audio | April 12, 2019
Best Resources for Singing Psalms in Worship
Joel Stamoolis acknowledges it was challenging to help his church sing through the entire Psalter. But during 171 consecutive Sundays of doing so, he gathered a wealth of tips and resources. You can use them to help your congregation begin singing more psalms in worship.
Article | February 25, 2019
How Singing through the Psalms Reveals the Excellence of Jesus
Singing through the entire book of Psalms helped Wasilla Bible Church expand its lyrical breadth. This shared Scriptural repertoire is pointing people of all ages toward Jesus.
Feature Story | February 25, 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
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
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
Vertical Habits: Helping Congregations Rediscover the Striking Beauty of Conversation with God
Good relationships are built on healthy practices; the same is true for our relationship with God.
Audio | May 03, 2018
In this workshop led by Jan Kraybill, we looked at and sang some great hymns and songs, and we discussed how best to help our worshiping communities sing poetry with appreciation, enthusiasm, and artistry.
Audio | March 02, 2018
A Conversation with David Crowder
View this conversation with pastoral musician David Crowder and Noel Snyder, program manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Video | November 14, 2017
Ten Ways to be More Inclusive and Welcoming in Worship and Church Life
Here are helpful suggestions for congregations who strive to include people across the full spectrum of abilities in their small group settings and beyond.
Article | August 03, 2017
Conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken
This is a conversation with artist Sandra McCracken and John Witvliet.
Video | May 02, 2017
Designing Worship from the Bottom Up: Practical Ethnographic Tools for Worship Leaders
The “Faith and Work” movement has become popular in many churches in North America in recent years. Many have sought to bridge the gap between Sunday worship and Monday work by showing how Christian liturgy and theology affect how we approach our weekday work. But our weekday work also affects how we inhabit Sunday worship in profound ways, and those who lead and craft liturgies do well to be attentive to this reality.
Video | March 07, 2017
Universal Design, Responsive Design: Keys for Welcoming Persons with Varied Abilities
Worshipers and congregation members certainly do not come in a “one size fits all” wrapping! As you gather for worship you will notice an array of gifts, but you may also see the areas of struggle each one brings to the community.
Audio | February 20, 2017
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
Simple Percussion Instruments for Worship
Suggestions from a pastor and worship leader for percussion instruments for worship, for use by adults and children.
Conversation | November 25, 2015
Advent Resource Guide
This is a guide to Advent and Christmas worship planning resources from our website and our ministry partners' websites.
Resource Guide | November 01, 2015
Copyright Information, Clearing up the Confusion
Churches are constantly navigating the copyright maze when they use music, other print resources, and videos. Each medium has slightly different laws regulating it.
Article | September 24, 2015
Worship Planning Process
Some questions to guide you through the worship planning process.
Resource Guide | November 20, 2014