The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services

by Constance M. Cherry. Baker Academic, 2021.


This resource utilizes an architect metaphor to the task of planning worship, comparing differing aspects of worship to windows and doors.


various elements of worship, prayer, music, the experience of encountering God in the Christian Year, theological foundations, congregational song and worship style, checklist for designing worship

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and worship leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Evaluate current worship practices using the checklist to answer questions such as, "does the service foster a sense of awe?" and "are there sufficient periods of silence to listen to God speak?"

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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