Singing is a critical part of worship, especially worshipping together. If we want everyone to feel like they belong in worship (and are not outsiders), then we must identify any obstacles to participation and work to eliminate those obstacles. Expansive … Continue reading →
We need to be careful about how we read the Bible in worship. By doing things the way we’ve always done it, we can lose the attention of worshippers and communicate the wrong messages to them. Expansive Worship So Far … Continue reading →
An intentional children’s time is a great opportunity to include our younger disciples in the worship service. However, it is too often the only time children are included. The solution: make this and (eventually) the whole service intergenerational! The Story … Continue reading →
To create expansive, inclusive worship, we need to focus on the language of faith and the web of relationships. All faith formation leaders (pastors, worship leaders, and educators) need to work together to evaluate, advocate, and educate to make this … Continue reading →
Our corporate worship services are the events that visitors are most likely to attend as their first introduction to your congregation (maybe the Church as a whole). Does your service exclude newbies, even unintentionally? Insiders, Outsiders, and Worship This is … Continue reading →
In Wisconsin (where I live), it’s been about 15 weeks since churches closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As many have said, this closure is about church buildings and gatherings. Church itself has not been closed, but instead, … Continue reading →
Bible Readings: Ezra 1:1-4; 3:1-4, 10-13 Free Resource: Worship with Our Lives (Kids- PK-2nd) Advent Theme (December 1—December 22): Promises Made, Promises Kept The Point: We should worship God in joy or sadness when God keeps God’s promises. A Promise … Continue reading →
If you’ve read this blog in the past, you might know that during the program (school) year, I write about the upcoming Narrative Lectionary Bible reading from the perspective of faith formation. In the summer, I like to focus on … Continue reading →
Bible Readings: Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17 Free Resource: Confession & Offering (Cross+Gen Worship) Unit Theme (September 9 – October 7): God’s Promises Bring Hope Noah’s ark is probably the most popular story in the Bible in terms of young … Continue reading →
Free Resource: Spirit & Truth Publishing Product Summaries Faith Formation & Integration When I start discussing a topic, the first thing I do is define my terms. It doesn’t do any good to think we’re on the same page but … Continue reading →
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