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

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and worship leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 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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