Item description for The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together by Marcia McFee...
Overview Break out of the traditional worship box with this "seminar in a book." You and your staff will learn how to evaluate your current services and get more people involved in the planning process; explore liturgical history and various forms of congregational praise; and discover ways of using the arts and artists to create meaningful, memorable worship experiences.
The Worship Workshop, rather than providing simply another manual for doing worship, offers instead an interactive workshop that helps worship teams develop more meaningful and memorable worship for the congregation. By combining liturgical history and the creative process, The Worship Workshop encourages worship teams and staff to break out of the traditional worship box in order to create diverse ways to present the Good News in worship.
Through a variety of activities, ideas, and informational handouts, The Worship Workshop helps worship committees, planners, and designers evaluate the state of their current worship, get more people involved in the planning and designing process, explore the diverse designs of congregational worship, learn the history of worship, and utilize the arts and artists in worship.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 10.9" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2002
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687046343 ISBN13 9780687046348
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More About Marcia McFee
Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called "refreshing," "inspiring," and "unforgettable." Marcia combines her background and experience in professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia has provided worship design and leadership at numerous national and regional gatherings. Marcia's passion for helping the church to worship God fully is especially directed toward the education of local congregations. She travels extensively in order to teach regional workshops that are accessible to congregational leaders and worship teams. These one-day workshops are usually hosted by a church, underwritten by district or conference bodies or by registration fees, and open to all churches in a particular area. Participants have commented that these workshops are inspirational as well as practical, no matter the "style" of worship practiced or denomination of the participants. Additionally, Marcia has begun a program of continuing education events in her home town of Lake Tahoe and an on-line subscription to season worship design help. As well as her experience with local church worship, Marcia specializes in designing and leading conference worship. Over the last 18 years, she has coordinated worship for countless regional and agency conferences. Most recently, she designed and led 22 worship services over a 10 day period for the international quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. McFee received a Master's of Theological Studies degree at Saint Paul School of Theology with a concentration in Preaching and Worship, where she recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association. She earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union with an allied field of Ethics. She has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty at nine seminaries and served as the North Texas Conference (UMC) Consultant on Worship & the Arts.
Marcia McFee currently resides in Alameda, in the state of California. Marcia McFee was born in 1962.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together?
Quite Useful Dec 26, 2006
Starting in 2007, I'm officially taking the position of "Worship Coordinator" at my relatively small church (about 100 in attendance on Sunday mornings). So, I decided it would be beneficial to pick up a few books from my local library to get ideas about how to do the job more effectively (I have been part of the worship planning team for some time). This was one of the two books that I got out.
I found this book to be quite helpful in giving me a systematic way (actually a multi-systematic way!) of thinking about worship. McFee develops several easy to remember formulae for what needs to be considered when designing worship. At times, the format was somewhat frustrating to me, but that was because I was using it in a fashion other than what it was designed for. I was just reading it.
So, what is the book designed to do? As should be relatively obvious from the title, it is (primarily) designed to equip you to run a worship workshop for those involved with worship planning in your congregation. It has great worksheets and activities to be used for getting the creative energies flowing so that worship can be designed in a way that allows everyone to worship God and glorify Him in a sincere manner. Though I have not (yet) used the book in this way, I did find it to be filled with ideas that I could use (or at least consider) even without running a workshop.
A couple final notes:
1) It seems that Marcia McFee is coming from a "mid-to-high" church background. (I'm guessing one of the higher-church UMC congregations, though I'm not certain.) So, if you're coming from a more contemporary setting, then some of her suggestions may feel strange. However, the overall principles are certainly applicable.
2) BUT, if you're looking for a book that is about the philosophy or theology of worship, then look somewhere else. McFee's book is far more practical. Which, in my case, was exactly what I was looking for.
I would recommend this book for people who are involved with worship planning in some capacity (or Christian artists looking for ways that their abilities can be used to enhance their congregation's worship experience). If you'd like to be involved in worship planning, then talk to whomever does it in your church... odds are good they'll be happy for the help!
Great Book Jun 18, 2003
Marcia writes to the heart of Church's worship teams on how to plan great worship services that invovles every one that attends your church services.