Four Stages of Every Good Worship Service

Does worship design really matter? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Jonathan Powers encourages churches to design their worship services in a way that faithfully acts out the story of Jesus. He uses the four-fold approach of Robert Webber’s Planning Blended Worship to model a holistic way of meeting together in order to orient God’s people to his transforming presence.

The four-fold acts of Christian worship:

  1. The Gathering
  2. The Word
  3. The Table
  4. The Sending

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Jonathan serves with his wife, Faith, and daughter, Audrey, as the director of student ministries for World Gospel Mission at Asbury University. Jonathan is also an adjunct professor of worship at both Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary, and assists with musical leadership and worship design in the Offerings Community of First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. In 2013, he received a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL. Jonathan is the author of 12 Days of Christmas Sermons, and co-author with Jason Jackson and Teddy Ray of Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Tradition, both published by Seedbed.

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