Worship

The development of appropriate patterned practices of Christian corporate worship for missional purposes: an applied project of the Kansas City North Oak Church of the Nazarene

Author
Daniel J Steele
Abstract
The church of Jesus Christ, as a part of the rule of God, worships God and is sent by God to be part of his missionally focused action in the world. The Kansas City North Oak Church was in a stage of its life-cycle in which it needed to recover its missionaly focused purpose, with missional praxes. The purrpose of this project was to explore and test the proposition that Christian corporate worship patterns and practices will shape and support the core value that the church is "a Missional People" into the ecclesial practice of a missional church--a church for others. The research indicated that a missionally focused church demonstrates a consistency in: (1) A congregatinoal missional core value, (2) Missionally focused patterns and practices in corporate worship, and (3), Missionally focused ecclesial praxis. Without effecting style, there are many more possibilities and opportunities for missionally focused patterns and practices than even missionally focused churches are utilizing.

The impact of multimedia technology in worship

Author
Steven C Trewartha
Abstract
Since the beginning of time, God has been communicating with His people. Though that communication has sometimes fallen on deaf ears, the message has been delivered in multiple mediums. This history of the church has followed suit in attempting to communicate the unchanging message of the gospel into constantly changing cultures. In some eras the church has been more successful than others, but never has the medium of communication been unimportant. This study looks at the art of communication, giving particular attention to its given context and its use of multi-sensory venues to communicate the gospel. This project begins with a broad survey of some of the highlights of communication in culture, particularly related to the church. The review of literature then looks at the history of the way that God has communicated with His people throughout the biblical witness. Finally, this project studies the way that the church has attempted to communicate this good news to a world that changes. In this project, a methodology will be formulated to examine the best ways to use the expanding technologies to communicate the gospel today. Focus groups will be used to measure the effects of multi-sensory stimulants in worship. A secondary post-test will help determine the degree of response on three levels: cognitive, emotional and responsorial.

New visions and voices for small vessels: the experience of multimedia art in small church worship

Author
Jana Lynn Almeida
Abstract
The author researched art, culture, and worship in a small church ethos. Though small member congregations are challenged by lack of resources, meaningful multimedia worship using art is possible. She found it challenging to balance technology with tradition, and to separate the secular from the sacred. Attending to the awareness of the variety of art forms, learning styles, ages, and cultures allows people to worship in meaningful ways. Current and historical controversies continue concerning images, icons, and idolatry. Worship using art involves preparation, presentation, and processing. Included are DVD, CD and images of PowerPoint presentations.

The worship of God as the goal, the motivation and the means of missions

Author
Werner Klaus Kemp
Abstract
The goal of this project was to explore the unity of the worship of God and missions in the Bible, in relevant literature and in four case studies, under the perspective that worship is the goal, the motivation and the means of missions. The project addressed the need that many if not most churches in sending countries and those in mission fields call for true spiritual, holistic and contextualized worship to facilitate missions. Further, contemporary worship and praise movements pose a challenge in the examination of relevance for missions. The author represented the results in a workbook, which was evaluated by twelve missionaries. The appendices contain the workbook.
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