Launching a new Worship Community 

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For many churches, the call to make disciples comes with a realization that the church’s current worship opportunities do not reach certain groups in their surrounding community. New worship services offer the most promising strategy for renewing established churches and planting new worship communities. In a post-pandemic world, churches will be challenged to reach new people with the gospel and to help them meet in a way that is meaningful to them.

Accessible to ministry professionals and lay leaders, Launching a New Worship Community is a comprehensive guide to starting a new worship community; whether that means an established church beginning a new worship service or a church startup designing its first worship offering. The authors, writing with a team of church planting experts, provide practical advice rooted in solid academics, theology, and real-world experience. With this guide, readers will have the tools they need to begin and sustain a new worship community.

About The Authors

REv. Dr. Craig Gilbert

Gilbert is the associate pastor of Worship at Friendswood United Methodist Church, Friendswood, TX, and is a worship consultant for the Texas Annual Conference. He is also the founder and lead consultant of Purposed Heart Ministries. Gilbert has guided many churches across the USA and over 5,000 worship pastors and worship leaders around the globe on a variety of congregational worship issues. As an experienced coach in worship leader training and development ministry, he has mentored dozens of churches across the country in worship design and service start-ups.

Paul Nixon

Nixon is the author of multiple books on church development. His company, Epicenter Group, has coached hundreds of congregations and their leaders in North America and in Europe, helping many to discover breakthroughs in the growth and renewal of their ministries. Nixon also serves as director of church multiplication for Discipleship Ministries. He was codeveloper of the Readiness 360 inventory for churches. He resides in Washington, DC and Palm Springs, CA.

Worship is more than just the music we sing.

Worship should be a part of every aspect of a weekend service. Launching a New Worship Community dives in to every aspect of a service, from the parking lot to the stage, to provide actionable items for your church to implement.

Launching a New Worship Community provides a guide to help you work through your needs as a church to better understand where you are and where you want to be.

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