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Best Resources on Worship
Worship is at the heart of congregational life, and studies show that the quality of the worship experience is a crucial factor in attracting and retaining faith community members. Insights Into Religion works with organizations around the country to find and provide the best information, worship ideas and resources to church leaders to help them enhance or improve the worship experience. Here are some of the best resources among our affiliate sites for worship:
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is the essential first stop for high-value information, resources and support for worship planners and leaders. The institute promotes the study of the theology, history and practice of Christian worship, and the renewal of worship in worship communities. It is committed to integrating faith and learning, drawing perspective from the international Christian community, integrating contributions from a wide range of scholarly disciplines and respecting the broad ecumenical reach of contemporary Christian belief and practice. Institute programs center on one or more of three main areas:
• providing a wide range of practical resources and scholarly works for congregational leaders, teachers and students of worship, worship artists and other interested persons, in order to improve the preparing, planning for and leading of worship services;
• conducting an annual symposium on worship and additional regional training events across North America and around the world to take continuing education to worship planners and leaders;
• dispensing worship renewal grants for approved projects that promote well-grounded worship renewal in congregations and worshipping communities.
Faith & Leadership is an educational website of the Leadership Education initiative at Duke Divinity School. Leadership Education strives to strengthen the practice of Christian leadership and to create vital and imaginative faith communities. Explore the site’s range of video interviews with transformative leaders, theological reflections, in-depth articles and stories and targeted reading lists. Also be sure to explore the companion blog, Call & Response.
Research, resources and renewal of worship
Are you looking for research-based information on how Americans experience and practice faith? The ARDA offers QuickStats on a wide range of questions involving attitudes, politics, religious affiliation, religious practices, beliefs and personal experiences of the Divine based on high-value studies, and has over 900 original surveys available in its data archive.
Indianapolis Center for Congregations
The Center for Congregations assists Indianapolis-area congregations in finding and using the best local and national resources to address their needs and concerns, and shares what it learns with congregations across the country. Resources include materials, community agencies, websites, books, consulting services, workshops and more. Of particular interest is the list Resources for Convergence Worship, and the Center's worship renewal information.