with Jill Crainshaw and Chris Copeland
Responsibility for planning worship services often falls almost entirely to a single ministry leader (sometimes in partnership with a music director). In such cases, only one person experiences all the requisite joys and burdens of the creativity, discernment, and energy required for worship planning. Even with the best of intentions and most concerted efforts, such a role frequently leads to liturgical apathy for minister and members alike. Both for the health (and sanity) of the worship leader and the vitality of the congregation, a relational, collaborative planning process is a tremendous boon.
This one-credit, weekend course emphasizes worship design as a collaborative and life-giving spiritual practice. Students in the course will explore how to create collaborative worship design processes that support the vitality of worship leaders and that lead to communal worship renewal. The course will consider how worship leaders can invite greater theological intentionality in worship planning even as they encourage liturgical innovation and creativity. Topics will include worship leadership formation, how-to's for crafting a collaborative worship design process, and a detailed consideration of various elements of worship, such as dressing the table, utilizing art and music worship, and developing and utilizing themes for particular times during the church year.
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