Planning Worship that Works

Worship planning is a team sport. Like any team sport, it requires good communication between the players and a solid game-plan.

When clergy and laity have a game-plan or system, the collaboration is synergistic and the church can literally and figuratively sing. The challenge many churches face is how to develop a strong working relationship and put in place a system that makes the job a joy, rather than a “worship war”.

Pastors or lay leaders searching for a way to develop worship that fulfills the mission of the church and ignites the passion of congregations will find inspiration in the upcoming National Leader Series workshop, Planning Worship that Works. The Academy for Leadership Excellence is proud to present this workshop to offer practical tips to develop a worship planning process that engages all the players in offering passionate, exciting and invitational worship.

Pastor Jim Harnish of Hyde Park UMC in Florida will lead the session. Jim is the author of numerous books, Bible studies and articles and also presents workshops throughout the country.

Hosted at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh on Thursday, September 16, this session will last from 9am-3pm and the cost is $75 which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Attendees may receive 0.5 CEUs for an additional $15 fee. Churches that have more than three persons attending will receive a $10 discount per person. It is encouraged for clergy and laity to attend together for the most impact on the worship planning process.

For more information or to register, please call 919-208-2169 or email The Academy is developing a new web presence at