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

Best For

clergy and worship leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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