Worship

Can transition lead to transformation?

Author
Christine R Jerrett
Abstract
Traditional mainline congregations need resources as they address the challenges of a changing context. This project focused on a congregation in transition. The author explored the use of resources from the 'missional church' conversation. She used the 'Three Zone Model of Missional Leadership' and 'The Missional Change Model' by Roxburgh and Romanuk in a process of participatory action research. Attention was paid to the role that renewal of baptismal identity and worship play in helping a congregation transition toward missional identity. With appropriate resources, transition can prepare a congregation for the Spirit's transformative work.

Change or die! Worship renewal as a catalyst for transformation

Author
Virginia A McDaniel
Abstract
With the waning of Christendom, an urgent question confronts mainline congregations: how to transform to meet these new circumstances. Worship is one aspect of congregational life where the values of Western secular culture are deeply embedded; changing the expectations surrounding worship may be pivotal for the deeper transformation of congregational culture from an inward, institution-maintaining focus to an outward, missional orientation. This project is a case study of one congregation where such transformation is already underway. While renewal of corporate worship played an essential role, the intentional meshing of worship in every aspect of the congregation's life proved most significant.

Implementation of multi-generational ministry activities and worship for a Korean-American church

Author
Key Young Han
Abstract
Korean churches in America experience enormous gaps between the first generation and the second generation members with language and cultural differences. Well prepared joint worship services and ministries could be implemented to bridge the gaps. Joint worship services with different interpretation methodologies were tested and two joint ministries were conducted. Interviews and questionnaires were used as evaluation mechanisms. Joint worship services could be able to achieve the purpose in conjunction with effective joint ministries. It is also the finding that 1.5 generation can play an important role bridging gaps between the first and second generations.

Using a ministry team in leading a congregation to understand and integrate worship as a lifestyle

Author
Kenneth M Hendrix
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to use a ministry team to lead our congregation in a study of worship over forty days and then to challenge them to apply what they have learned. A daily devotional journal related to each Sunday's teaching was given to participants. Sunday's theme and message centered on a truth about worship and were reinforced in small group studies. This paper includes a discussion of the design of the project based upon the research presented; the specific objectives; the procedures and methods used; the project implementation; the lessons learned and findings related to the objectives and outcomes of the project; and a brief conclusion.

The Christian Center for the Arts/Centro Cristiano para las Artes: a case study in developing urban worship leaders to witness to the Shalom of the reign of God

Author
Janet L McMurry
Abstract
The Christian Center for the Arts/Centro Cristiano para las Artes or CCA was created to be a resource for spiritually nurturing and training artists and for helping the quantitative and qualitative growth of the church through art and media-related ministries. To more effectively develop urban worship leaders, this work will consider both the positive and negative systemic effects of contemporary worship practices, comparing and contrasting them with the church's history and theology of leitourgia. It will explore biblical and theological reasons for supporting the contributions of both the church of the past as well as the present. This work will conclude with strategies for furthering worship renewal in the urban context. In particular, viable options for educating and training worship leaders, visual and performing artists, and pastors in all phases of leitourgia and developing an artist's fellowship will be offered.

The advent of visual arts in worship: a ministry tool for today's worship planner

Author
Ann Parsons Adams
Abstract
Attempting to plan worship, compose a bulletin, write a sermon, or create a PowerpointTM presentation using the visual arts in a theological context, the author discovered that she could not find what she wanted and what was found had little theological depth. In this paper, the author has designed a ministry tool that improves upon the existing visual arts worship resources by providing background information and theological observations for the visual art used in the Advent C cycle of lectionary preaching. The result complements the biblical texts with visual images to enrich our experience, interaction, and relationship with the Divine.

Beyond entertainment: children as leaders of worship

Author
Anna Virginia Dempsey
Abstract
At Briarcliff Baptist Church, children have been seen as entertainers and not as leaders of worship. This project focuses on children reclaiming roles of leadership from the early church and using these roles to be leaders of the modern church. The roles of children in the early church are explored, and current developmental perspectives of children are examined. A study is conducted of children and their leadership in worship employing the roles of children from the early church. A thorough evaluation is held after the study to see which of the roles meet the modern developmental standards.

Learning to worship better: teaching worship leaders the Biblical foundations and art of planning for worship at First Baptist Church, Port Orchard, Washington

Author
Jamie D Greening
Abstract
This ministry project sought to change the attitudes and actions of those who participate in worship planning at First Baptist Church in Port Orchard, Washington. The project director researched worship planning and theology and wrote a seven week curriculum designed to teach about biblical worship and worship planning. He taught it to nine people. Effectiveness was measured using pre-tests, post-tests, class evaluations, worship service evaluations by an outside expert, focus groups, journal, and a follow-up interview. The results were that participants learned, were enriched, and subsequently took an active role in worship planning.

Pastor, can we talk? Leading collaborative worship planning in dialogue with the arts

Author
Sharon Lorraine Barley
Abstract
It is my thesis that it is not primarily different worship styles expressed in the same church that cause division and tensions, but, rather, the lack of collaborative and strategic planning for the leaders and the congregation to undergird change with theological continuity and unity of purpose. The narrative case study reflects on the process of gathering a team of artists around a single vision and practicing dialogue through collaborative worship planning. The result was a synthesis between theology and the arts that connected old forms and liturgy to new contemporary expressions, deepening worship with theological unity in diverse expressions.
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