Worship Resources

Worship, whatever the style, is about a real encounter between the worshipper and God. Worship should create an environment in which worshippers can experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. This page offers some resources to help create that environment.

“Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches” poses some questions churches can ask about whether worship is inspiring:

  • How often do people express through changed behavior that they have experienced God's presence during worship?  When was it and why?
  • How do you regularly plan, evaluate and improve your church's worship services?
  • How can you include more people in planning your church's worship services?
  • How does the worship music move people into a closer relationship with God?
  • How do the preaching and liturgy serve God's purpose of connecting to all people?
  • How are you using your best quality communication tools, technologies and resources in worship?

Resources for planning inspiring worship

Discipleship Ministries Resources

Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) offers a tremendous range of music and worship resources for United Methodist churches. Learn more.

Other places to find resources include:

Licensing

  • www.ccli.com - Christian Copyright Licensing for copying music or displaying lyrics in worship or church events. Also offers podcast and webcast licenses.
  • www.cvli.com - Licensing for video use in worship or church events
  • www.onelicense.net - music licensing for worship
  • www.copyrightsolver.com - performance licenses for music outside of worship services, webcast/streaming licenses, copying or distributing music on cd/dvd or web sites

Worship Media Resources

Slides, videos, backgrounds, sermon illustrations, countdowns, and more...

McFee

 

 

Marcia McFee Worship Design Studio

Purushotham

New England Conference subscribes to Marcia McFee’s Worship Design Studio. This resource is free of charge through the Conference. The Worship Design Studio offers worship planning help and resource ideas and materials. Contact your District Superintendent to learn how to participate.

Global music for worship and special events

Nisha Purushotham is a multi-instrumental composer, performer and artist based in Cambridge, MA. She is a valuable resource person for local churches interested in cross-cultural community building and incorporating global music into their worship and ministries of outreach, education, spiritual formation and social justice. For more information or to contact Purushotham, visit www.nishapurushotham.com