Virginia A McDaniel
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.