The NSW/ACT Synod’s Mission Plan 2015 – 2017 includes worship as one of nine areas of discernment. Uniting Mission & Education has been given responsibility for working on the priority initiatives listed here.
We will foster individual and corporate worship of God that is contextual, inclusive and diverse, and deepens the relationship between God, God’s people, our communities and the whole of creation.
- Resource and mentor worship leaders and members to lead worship that is community focused, welcoming and meaningful to a broad range of people.
- With consultation, provide contextual, multicultural and indigenous worship training and formation to equip leaders in diverse life-giving expressions and experiences of worship rooted in the understanding that worship is integral to everyday.
- Identify those congregations and faith communities with promising and diverse expressions of worship and/or where new worshippers have significantly increased in the last few years, and develop resources which can be shared amongst our congregations and Presbyteries.
Worship leadership is an integral part of the Living Our Faith intensives and series resourced by UME and hosted by presbyteries and congregations. We’ve developed a one day worship introduction seminar as part of the Living Our Faith series, which can also stand alone. See the March/April workshops.
United Theological College provides subjects as part of the BTh program, along with seminars and intensives.
THL115 Liturgical Theology – an introduction to worship
THL314 Sacramental Theology – exploring baptism, communion and more
THL320 Homiletics – preaching
THL322 Theology, the Arts and Film