More Worship

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Preaching in the Interim: Transitional Leadership in the Latino/a Church
This collection of sermons by an interim pastor highlights the urban Latino/a experience and shares wisdom for preaching as an interim minister.
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What's Next in Digital Worship?
These Calvin Institute webinars explore post-pandemic worship including preaching, liturgy, music, and technological integration.
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14 Live Streaming Tools to Win Over the Masses
This article highlights live streaming tools, their basic features, and the cost of each.
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How to Moderate Talks, Panels, Meetings, More (Virtual and Beyond!)
This podcast episode explains how to moderate discussions and present at meetings in online environments.
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Safely returning to worship
Guidelines for preparing to transition back to in-person worship after COVID 19.
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LiveControl
This company enhances worship production through remote videocamera and livestream support.
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Technology and Distanced Worship Resources
This resource list provides basic training for worship technology and strategies to stay connected as a community.
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Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide
This book equips clergy to skillfully preach and facilitate congregational dialogue about divisive justice issues.
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Bringing Our Pain to God: biblical lament in worship
This article describes biblical lament in real congregations and explores how Christians can bring pain and grief to God in worship.
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Town Hall Preaching During Crisis: Igniting Pastoral Imagination in the Face of Fatigue, Injustice and Collective Trauma
In this video clergy candidly discuss preaching justice and hope during the pandemic and racial injustice.
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Visitations and Funerals
This go-to site for loss and grief during COVID provides re-imagined rituals, practical guidance, and pastoral care considerations.
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How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
In this webinar Dr. Frank Thomas shares how to preach and promote justice with moral imagination.

Worship Resources

There's a lot that goes hand-in-hand with running a successful congregation. To help members and visitors and attendees stay active, it can be helpful to provide inspiring and regular worship opportunities. During their education, religious leaders learn how to effectively run a worship session. At the same time, though, they may feel as if they are using the same materials over and over again, and so they begin looking for ways in which they can increase the diversity of their worship sessions - and oftentimes, these ways can be found by looking into worship resources.

Of course, there are all kinds of valuable worship resources out there. In choosing one, however, religious leaders may want to consider the nature of their congregation, their own worship style, and the various options available to them. A worship resource that works wonderfully for one group might not be the best worship resource for another group, after all. For example, some religious leaders might be comfortable reading a book on worship sessions. That way, they can learn more about religious texts, look at them in a different way, and use them to help form the foundation of a new sermon. Meanwhile, some religious leaders might do better by attending other worship sessions in-person. Then, they will be able to learn more about the worship styles of other religious leaders, which they very well may be able to use and tailor to improve their own worship style.

When religious leaders are looking at worship resources, one thing they can do to help ensure success is to keep their goals in mind. The goals of any worship session may include helping members of the congregation to explore their own spirituality, communicate with a higher power, find peace with their own soul, and discern ways to help the wider community and the world. The more engaging the worship session is, the more members of the congregation are going to participate. When people feel more engaged in the worship session, they are more likely to return for more worship sessions in the future. Therefore, inspiring worship sessions can help foster great growth in a congregation.

Call To Worship Resources

To have an effective worship session, the first step is to have an effective call to worship. For religious leaders who might be wondering how they can form an attractive call to worship, they may want to look at the opening line of a book. Remember that when someone is writing a book, they want to be able to hook their audience as quickly as possible. And in a similar fashion, your opening can also be enhanced to hook members of your congregation as quickly as possible.

There are a number of major challenges religious leaders face when trying to orchestrate a call to worship, one of them being religious leaders having trouble connecting with a younger audience. To that end, it might be a good idea to check out some resources on running a contemporary call to worship. For instance, a lot of groups have moved away from traditional Latin masses, and have begun using music bands to call people to worship. This is no less “religious” in nature than a traditional call to worship sessions; however, it can greatly help congregations reach out to a younger audience.

Of course, the foundation of running an effective call to worship is always going to focus on the content of the sermon. For example, an easy way to orchestrate a call to worship session is to use an opening line from a religious text that has something to do with the topic of the day.

For those who lead a larger congregation, it might be good to have several call to worship options available. For instance, if a lot of elderly individuals tend to attend an early morning session, it might be better to run a traditional call to worship during this time frame. And conversely, those who are preaching to a younger audience may want to reach for something more contemporary. When members of the congregation feel that they have multiple options available to them, they are more likely to come back next time.

Leading in Worship

When leading a worship session, religious leaders should bear in mind their objectives and responsibilities guiding the congregation. It can be good for them to remember that their goal is to help members of their congregation interpret and understand religious texts. From there, religious leaders can make sure that members of their congregation are also able to apply what they are reading to their own lives. This can be one of the most fulfilling parts of leading in worship.

In order for religious leaders to improve their ability to guide members of their congregation during worship sessions, they might take a look at the numerous resources that are available. For example, religious leaders who lead small group sessions may want to use one of the articles from this resource to help them orchestrate a worship session.

From there, they can then begin to think about their own work of style. And finally, they can find resources that can help them to effectively communicate the lessons of the sermon with their audience. When religious leaders take the time to prepare in advance, use a variety of resources, and tailor them to their own preaching style, they will also be increasing their ability to effectively communicate the lessons of the sermon to their audience. This way, the congregation will be able to get as much out of the lesson as possible.

Worship Planning Resources

When it comes to planning a comprehensive worship session, it may be helpful to take a holistic approach. There are all sorts of worship planning resources available, and religious leaders can try and take the best from all of these options. For instance, some religious leaders are able to learn best by taking a look at worship sessions that have been presented by other religious leaders. They can then take what they like from these worship sessions and incorporate them into their own approach.

For those who are looking for worship sessions that are based on scripture, congregational leaders can look at a variety of resources that provide easy access to well organized information. There are options for everything from traditional worship sessions to contemporary worship sessions, enabling religious leaders to find exactly what they are looking for and incorporate it into their worship.

Of course, religious leaders can learn a lot from their own congregation, as well.. Seeking feedback from members, attendees and visitors on a regular basis can be a wonderful source of insight. Congregational leaders may also consider sending out a survey, for example. Ask a few members of the congregation to highlight aspects they like, as well as things they would like to see done differently. Then, you can incorporate these suggestions into your worship sessions, improving your ability to meet the needs of your congregation ever further. This can be one of the most effective ways for improving your worship sessions.

Lectionary Worship Resources

One of the biggest challenges many religious leaders face involves their lectionary worship style. It can be a significant challenge to hold the attention of the congregation when conducting lectionary worship. The good news, though, is that there are plenty of lectionary worship resources available. For instance, religious leaders who are specifically having difficulty in keeping the attention of their congregation during lectionary worship might consider checking out some of the available worship liturgy resources. It might also be helpful to take a look at a specific line from one of their religious texts in a new way. By introducing a new perspective that is relevant to everyday life, it might be possible to hold the congregation’s attention just a little bit better.

It may also be helpful to try delivering lectionary worship in a way that is closely tied to something that is happening in the local community. When members of the congregation are able to place lectionary worship within the context of their own lives, they then have an easier time seeing the lessons the religious leader is trying to communicate. This can go a long way toward improving the effectiveness of lectionary worship sessions.

Ultimately, there are a lot of challenges that come with running an effective worship session, but religious leaders can think about what they do well, what they do poorly, and how they can more effectively communicate with the members of their congregation, and find the answers to improve their sessions. They might even consider switching up their worship style from time to time. That way, members of the congregation won’t feel like the worship sessions are becoming stagnant. Remember, there are lots of valuable resources available for those who are looking for ways to improve their worship style. Check out a few of the resources and learn more about how they can help you to improve your own worship style.

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