Monday, February 13, 2012

Another way to think about worship- Curating Worship

If you are involved in developing and planning worship services do you see yourself as the pastor, the worship leader, or something else?
Recently a number of churches have called those responsible for worship planning as worship curating.
Worship curating...places a slightly different emphasis on worship planning....  
To discover a little more about worship curating visit:

Clayfire Curator 
Was an active blog for worship curators...unfortunately they only gave it just over 12 months  (not long enough for something newish to get a following) and have decided to discontinue contributions to the blog.  But still worth a visit as it has some quality blogs.

Or get hold of the following books:

Curation is a term usually used in the art world for the role of imagining and overseeing an exhibition or art experience. However the word is now being adopted by people in alternative worship, as it affords a very different and inventive way of thinking about how to lead a service or praise event. Rather than simply presiding over liturgy or fronting a band, curation involves negotiating between institutions and artists and making do with what is to hand to create something brilliant. The hope is that moments of epiphany will be experienced as God is invited to be and breathe in the space, and people make connections with their own lives and stories. Curating Worship is in two parts. The first considers the kind of thinking, skills and disciplines involved in good curation. The second consists of in depth interviews, which tease out from people who have curated amazing worship experiences around the world, the ideas and theories behind their approaches and the practical processes involved.

The Art of Curating Worship promotes a new vocabulary to help worship curators work out how and why and where worship can best engage their community, inside and outside the church, in transformative encounters with God.

1 comment:

Linda Parriott said...

Hi Richard, Thank you for this post about curating worship and the links to Clayfire Curator blog and to Mark Pierson's book, "The Art of Curating Worship."

I agree, 12 months is not long enough for a new idea to take hold. So although Clayfire Curator has ceased operation as an Augsburg Fortress website, as its former developer, I am in the process of regrouping and will soon be launching a new startup on curating worship.