The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader

The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader is a fine resource by Mark Pierson, a Protestant minister in New Zealand who has been doing pioneer work in worship as art for 15 years.

The Art of Curating WorshipHe has little patience for many of the so-called experimental worship services that use popular music, dance or videos as gimmicks to jazz up the experience.

Pierson sees himself as a "worship curator" who puts the elements of the service in a creative setting and chooses the right context for praise, wonder, awe, silence and any other element deemed appropriate.He seeks to appeal to a large cross section of people and is adverse to a "one size fits all" approach to worship.

Pierson's curator philosophy includes participation, open-endedness, slow worship, integrity, failure and questions. He also lays out a new language for worship, including silence and other spiritual practices, segues and takeaways/takeouts. Pierson's theological, pastoral and creative admonitions are followed by concrete examples, including community worship, transitional worship, guerilla worship and the stations of the cross (Sparkhouse Press).


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