Three Ways to Jump-Start Your Worship Planning

August 05, 2008

Pastors and worship leaders – become part of a creative community, developing themes and sharing ideas for more meaningful, sensory-rich worship based on the liturgical year. This October, attend a Worship Planning Retreat or a Worship Workshop with Dr. Marcia McFee, or sign up for a year-long subscription to her Worship Design Studio.

 Dr. Marcia McFee, the author of The Worship Workshop: Creative Ways to Design Worship Together, is known for her sensory-rich worship designs. As the Director of Worship for General Conference 2008 of the UMC, she designed 22 worship services, coordinating both the music and the dramatic arts and artists. She has a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union and is a recent recipient of the Distinguished Graduate award from her alma mater seminary, Saint Paul School of Theology.
The “Worship Design Studio” Planning Retreat, October 5-8 at Zephyr Point on the shores of Lake Tahoe, provides the opportunity to spend several days sharing ideas with others while developing worship themes and general plans for each season.

At $500 per team, you may bring from two to six people from your church – pastors, music directors, worship team leaders, visual and media artists – all will benefit. (Housing and meals paid separately.)
As a bonus, participating teams will receive a free annual subscription to the “virtual” Worship Design Studio – a series of tele-seminars throughout the year featuring nationally recognized worship artists. Register by calling toll free, (877) 387-7977, or emailing This event is limited to only 10 teams – and only five slots remain open. Call or email today to reserve your spot!
A limited number of spaces are available for individual registrants, also.
For more information, download flyer here.
If your team can’t attend the retreat, sign up for the one-day Worship Workshop Live with Marcia McFee on October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Ashland, Oregon. Registration fee of $35/individual, $75 for groups of three includes breakfast snack, lunch and workshop materials. For more information, go to or call (541) 482-3647.
Download the flyer and registration card here
Not able to attend either workshop? Dr. Marcia McFee also offers a year-long subscription to the “virtual” The Worship Design Studio – a series of easily-accessible tele-seminar interviews (also available online) with worship design and preaching experts from across the country. For only $250 per year (about $20 per month) you can become part of a creative community working on ideas for the liturgical year. The first phone interview is October 2, 2008- so sign up now!
For more information about a subscription, download flyer here.
Visit to learn more about all of these opportunities.