Worship Matters: A Study for Congregations

by Jane Rogers Vann. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.


This resource combines a case study and practical suggestions regarding worship practices.


reflection questions, practical prompts at the end of each chapter, making changes to worship spaces, liturgical seasons

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and worship leader


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Prepare for a conversation with an architect by reading chapter three on making changes to a congregation's worship space.
  • Compare and contrast your worship practices with others by discussing the case studies with clergy and laity.

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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