Crafting Sacred Moments: A Webinar Series for Worship Planners
Worship is the heartbeat of the church. From the vital and passionate gathered celebration each week, flows the life and ministry of the whole church and the support and encouragement of those who gather. To plan and lead worship is an important calling in the leadership of the church. The Worship Team at Discipleship Ministries wants to come alongside those who guide worship in the local church to spark creativity and to listen and learn with you in “Crafting Sacred Moments.”
This webinar series is designed to empower worship planners with a deep understanding of the theological underpinnings, practical considerations, and creative elements that contribute to meaningful worship experiences. Through thoughtful exploration, candid discussions, and practical insights, we aim to equip worship planners with the tools and inspiration needed to curate worship services that engage hearts, minds, and spirits.
Segment 1: Introduction: What Is Worship? (February 20, 2024)
Crafting Sacred Moments begins with a reexamination of the fundamentals. What is worship? Why do we do what we do? Why does the order matter? Some of this may seem obvious, but reminding ourselves of the foundations of worship allows us to be experimental and engaging without losing our way.
Segment 2: Planning Worship (March 19, 2024)
“Isn’t planning worship the pastor’s job?” Of course, but it is also the work of the people – which is the definition of liturgy. So, who should be on the worship planning team? How should it be organized, and what are the tasks to be performed? These and many other questions will be explored in this segment of “Crafting Sacred Moments.”
Segment 3: Music and Art (August 20, 2024)
Worship happens in the head, but it also happens in the heart and more. Vital worship is a whole-body experience. Driving that experiential element are the music and art that give structure, form, light, and color to worship. In this segment, we will discuss how music can set a mood and invite investment in the worship experience and how art can tell a story or echo a theme in ways that make space for joy.
Segment 4: The Conversation of Worship (September 24, 2024)
Worship is not a spectator sport. The worshipper is not a passive recipient of what the leaders and designers present. Worship is done by the people who gather. So, how do we engage the whole body in the conversation of worship? Where can we create space for response and dialog in ways that allow the flow of worship to continue? And what forms of response lead to a deeper connection to the one we’ve come to worship?
Segment 5: Creativity (October 22, 2024)
Worship can be a healthy and dynamic blend of tradition and innovation. There is comfort and sustenance in the familiar, but we also need to stretch our spirits (and our bodies!) when we gather for worship week by week. How might we use our creativity to open the gathered to worship in profound ways? What resources might we tap to spark this creativity? And what permissions do we need to give ourselves as worship planners and worshipers to more fully appreciate and participate in innovative worship moments?