Worship Forum Update
Last September, the deacons asked our ministry staff to lead us “in a process to discuss how best to worship God at Providence Baptist Church.” Acting on this recommendation, our ministers hosted three church-wide worship forums in March and April designed to maximize the opportunity for every voice in the church to be heard. Participants sat around tables and worked through six discussion questions about worship, with deacons serving as scribes.
Below are six links–one for each discussion question–to the responses given at these forums. They’re being made available here so members of the church who weren’t able to attend one of the three forums can listen in on these family conversations about how we worship together. With only a few exceptions–for spelling and typographical errors, for example–these responses are presented as recorded by our deacons and reflect the wide range of opinions that can be found in our congregation.
Finally, at the end of each forum, participants were asked to name their preferred time for a Sunday morning worship service. With 40% of the vote, 10:30am was the winner, with 11am (16%) and 8:30 (14%) next in order of preference. The other two times receiving support from at least ten percent of responders were 9am (11%) and 10am (10%).
We will worship together as one congregation beginning May 19 at 10:30am. Sunday school begins at 9am.
Question 1: What does it mean for a church to worship well – and in a way that honors God?
Question 2: Given the New Testament terms and definitions for worship, how would you formulate a definition of biblical worship?
Question 3: Why is it important for God’s people to worship together?
Question 4: How can worship help drive the mission of the church forward?
Question 5: What helps you connect with God so you can better worship God during the service? What gets in the way of your ability to connect with God?
Question 6: What is your hope for Providence as a community that worships together, and what are the best traditions from our past that can strengthen our worship in the future?