Subliminal Liturgy: (best in weekend workshop format, but can be shortened to a day workshop if necessary) All churches have a liturgy, but in “non-liturgical” congregations this liturgy is “below the threshold of noticing” (subliminal). Liturgy is simply the ritual action of a group of people, but it is these simple weekly rituals that shape our communities and impact the behavior of individuals as they go about the rest of their week. In this workshop we will uncover the subliminal liturgy of your congregation; discover scriptural guidelines that will help you to shape your worship services; and establish a subliminal liturgy that will help your church to look like your mission, realize your vision, and meet your goals.
Biblical Lament and the Worship of the Church: (may be done as a lecture, short, or day-long workshop) Israel was no stranger to lament as an integral part of gathered worship, but the church today has an odd tendency to rush past the tough stuff and dive right into praise. This workshop will explore the difference between grieving and biblical lament; what we lose when we fail to lament in our gathered worship; the ways in which biblical lament deepens our joy; and how on earth we are to go about introducing pain into services of praise.
Worship Theology 101: (may be done as a short, day-long, or weekend workshop) Worship is one of the most contentious issues in the church today. We argue about what songs to sing. We argue about style of worship. We argue about what’s appropriate and what’s not. We argue about… well, about pretty much everything. Yet worship is the most important act of the church; it is what we were made for, and it sets us apart from the rest of the world. This workshop will examine biblical texts that move us toward a full understanding of Christian worship; establish a framework for making decisions; and give us a solid grounding in worship theology that will move easily into the practical realm.
Economical Worship: (best as a day-long or weekend workshop) You only have a handfull of musicians. You have a limited budget. You don’t have the money for a “worship pastor.” Your worship leader(s) have not had the opportunity of training, and feel a little lost when choosing music for a service… can you still have an effective music ministry? Of course you can. This workshop is tailor-made for each church to address the specific challenges they face. Training may include: practical teaching on how to craft a service; how musicians playing from chord charts and those playing from written music can work together; how planning ahead can increase the creativity of your services; utilizing your whole congregation (it’s not just about music!); and how to milk resources for all they’re worth.
Rates: In most circumstances (not including possible additional expenses such as meals, overnight accommodation, and travel expenses) my fees are as follows:
- Lecture (an event up to 2 hours long): $300
- Short Workshop (an event up to 4 hours long): $600
- Day-long Workshop (an event up to 6 hours long): $800
- Weekend Workshop (two days): $2000
Specifics will need to be worked out on a case-by-case basis, but hopefully this gives you some idea of what to expect. If your church or organization really cannot afford these rates but you are interested in one of the workshops, contact me anyway and we’ll see if we can work something out. Also, feel free to collaborate with other churches in your area re: travel costs.
Please contact me via the form below should you have any further questions, or wish to book a workshop or lecture.
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