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Creative Worship - Postmodern Culture

9 December, 2003 10:01 PM

Today it was confirmed that Mark Sayers and I will be running a subject at Tabor College (a bible college here in Melbourne) next semester. We've been developing it for a little while now but today got official word that it is going ahead.

The subject is called 'Creative Worship - Postmodern Culture'.

We're still finalizing the curriculum but it is our hope for it to be a very interactive and hands on 14 weeks of exploring some of the new forms of worship that are emerging around the globe at present. Some would call what we're studying 'alternative worship' but its a term I'm not entirely comfortable with. Having said that 'Creative Worship' isn't my choice of title either but its what we've been given - I probably would have called it 'Emerging Worship' if I'd had the choice....anyway) We'd also like to give students an opportunity to experiment, dream and put together some creative worship experiences of their own for their communities of faith and each other.

If you're in Melbourne and are interested in the subject it will be held out at Tabor on a Tuesday afternoon. It can be done at diploma, degree or grad dip level. Let me know if you'd like more information.



Can you name a few of these new forms?

Susan » 9 December, 2003 11:42 PM

actually...'new' may not have been the most appropriate or accurate word to use because many communities are experimenting with ancient worship also

eg - Lectio Divina and Examen

of course there are other 'new things too'....like 'godly play' or 'fuzzy logic bible studies' (I've blogged about all these previously.

Also check out Jonny Baker's Worship Tricks thread

Darren Rowse » 9 December, 2003 11:55 PM

Congratulations. I think you'll enjoy life as an academic.

Luke » 10 December, 2003 12:32 AM


i came to your site via Martin Roth. i used to work in ministry with college students and 20somethings. i thought alot about Creative Worship . . . i had to do alot of thinking about it because my situation limited my actual DOING anything about it. anyway, i think creative worship is the one thing PM culture really offers the body of christ that Modernism did not. and i think simply coming together as believers and thinking creatively is valuable. unfortunately, i think the Christian subculture _ at least here in the States _ has stymied creativity for a long time and thus there are lots of barriers to get past initially.

best wishes on your curriculum.


james cordrey » 10 December, 2003 3:19 AM

oh gosh jonny baker doesn't really call them 'worship tricks' does he? oh gosh he really does.

saint » 10 December, 2003 8:59 AM

It would be worth chatting to Alan Niven at CCTC if you haven't already - he runs an excellent subject called "Ritual and Worship" which touches on more creative/alternative worship stuff than the title implies.

Will you be informing participants of the existing activities in Victoria/Melb/Australia so they can come peek and get a first hand experience?

eddie » 10 December, 2003 10:36 AM

Darren, if there isn't one already (and I'd be surprised if there isn't ... I just haven't seen it yet), I think it would be fantastic to have a creative worship 'resource directory' (not the best term, but you know what I mean) on the net. A place where anyone can drop in their ideas ... 'al worship' things that worked for them in their community. I'd love to incorporate more creative worship into our group, but I just don't know what to do. If we had an internet resource where people could go to and search through a whole stack of ideas, then people like myself could more easily promote creative worship within their church. And if it was open to anyone, then there'll be a whole range of inputs ... from English Anglicans to Aussie Baptists and American Lutherans.


Brisbane, Australia

Darryl » 13 December, 2003 9:00 AM

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