Register for Webinar on ‘Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s’
By Doug Ruffle
The world changes quickly. The church needs to keep up with those changes if it wants to continue to reach people with vital, relevant worship. For Paul Nixon, co-author of Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s, that means engaging in relational work with the people we are trying to reach. “The first order of business in launching a new worship community has to do with building those relationships,” says Paul.
Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s was published in August by Discipleship Resources, an imprint of The Upper Room. Authors Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, along with a team of collaborators, put years of practical experience in ministry into this eminently readable book. Mark your calendars today to watch a short webinar with the authors, hosted by The Upper Room’s Kara Oliver. The webinar will take place on Monday, October 11 at 10 a.m. CST. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.
The book includes thirty-two short, fast-read chapters on topics specific to launching new worship, including the addressing of digital worship services. There has not been a book about launching new worship since the 1990s. Twelve church planters contributed chapters to the book, including Matt Temple’s “Focusing on a Particular Set of People,” Bener Agtarap’s “Developing a Culture of Prayer,” Kim Griffith’s “Developing a Culture of Invitation,” Candace Lewis’s “Launching in an African-American Context,” Rachel Gilmore’s “Gathering People in the Start-up Season,” and Derek Jacobs’s “Connecting Well in a Digital World,” among others.
New worship services offer the most reliable strategy for revitalizing existing churches and for planting new worship communities. This book is intended for both clergy and laity. In a pandemic-infused world, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s offers a complete guide for starting a new worship community. Note the emphasis; this is about starting a new faith community, not just an additional service. This book will guide the reader into planning well for launching that new worship community.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon, Cokesbury, and The Upper Room bookstore in print, e-pub, and Kindle versions. Join us for the short webinar, when Kara Oliver, Executive Director of the Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at The Upper Room, interviews the authors, who provide the backstory on why they wrote the book and how it can impact our ministries today.