The process of crafting both services of worship and a healthy ethos of worship for your congregation begins with conversation, reflection, and community discernment. It asks questions about identity, context, and values, and then seeks to synthesize the various answers to those questions in ways that best serve God’s vision of shalom and the congregation that embodies it.
Renewal weekends are opportunities for your congregation to receive pastoral guidance on worship and begin the process of worship renewal in God’s reign of shalom. The following is a recommended schedule for the weekend.
Session 1 – A Spirituality of Kingdom Worship
Friday Evening (7-9pm)
The renewal weekend begins with contemplative worship and reflection, and initial thoughts on a spirituality of worship in God’s reign of shalom.
Session 2 – The Bible’s Stories on Worship
Saturday Morning (9-11am)
The second session includes small-group lectio divina and biblical discernment on stories from the Bible that lay a healthy foundation for worship practice in God’s reign of shalom.
Session 3 – Who Are We?
Saturday Mid-Day (11am-12pm; 1-3pm)
The middle portion of the renewal weekend involves the use of questions on identity, context, and values to assist your congregation in naming its hopes and dreams for worship, and framing them within the scope of God’s reign of shalom.
Session 4 – Personal Prayer Practices
Saturday Afternoon (3-4:30pm)
Saturday concludes with a brief look at personal prayer practices that connect your congregation’s Sunday worship with devotional habits during the week. Special attention will be given to asking shalom-focused questions from worship.
Optional Preaching on Sunday
Dr. Montgomery may be available to preach during your congregation’s Sunday worship, speaking about worship in God’s Reign to your broader congregation.
* There is no limit on the number of participants in the Renewal Weekend.
Congregations under 50 regular Sunday attendance= $150
Congregations 50-250 regular Sunday attendance= $300
Congregations over 250 regular Sunday attendance= $450
Preaching on Sunday = $100
$5/participating person for a resource packet
Use the contact form below to initiate conversation for a weekend of renewal.