Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works

by James K.A. Smith. Baker Academic, 2013.


This theological resource explores worship and its formative power, concentrating on the renewal of Christian practice.


redeeming rituals, power of story in Christian worship, theory, how worship works, how it functions in human life

Recommended Audience

clergy and worship leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Design impactful worship services by restructuring around the narrative arc of human life.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how worship functions in human life by reading the second part of this text.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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