At Grace Community, it is our hope that worship is allowing space for God to provide transformation. We are constantly asking, “How do we create worship that allows space for God to cause vivid transformation in the lives of people?”
We hope to heighten the sensitivities of worshippers so that they will begin to ask for themselves questions such as:
- Where do I see the Kingdom of God around me?
- How do I take my place in God’s story?
- What do I bring to the worship experience?
- How does the gathered community enhance my experience?
- How does this experience shape my interaction in the world as I go forth?
Transformational worship design requires a clear understanding as to why we worship and the hoped for outcomes of a worshipping community.
We worship to:
- celebrate and honor God.
- engage and encourage the congregation to live out Christian discipleship.
- provide hospitable communication that welcomes others into a fresh experience with the living God.
- empower the congregation to carry the Gospel message beyond the walls of the church in word and action.
Developing transformational worship is not a new trend touting the use of the latest technological advancement or an alignment to upholding “the way we’ve always done it.” It is not necessarily one particular style of worship. Worship that allows for transformation needs to be created in an environment that is relationally rich and utilizes the gifts present in the congregation. This environment is created through intentional prayer and spiritual connection with the God who provides the hoped for transformation. It is the development and facilitation of this type of working environment by worship designers and participants, lay and clergy alike, that will provide a strong foundation through which God’s transformative power can move in and through worship. With the cultivation of this type of environment, worship is less likely to be viewed as a performance, but an integral piece of life in a faith community.
The specific elements and acts of worship will change over time but the “why” of worship will keep us focused and connected to the transformative power of our Creator.