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Designing Convergent Worship in Creative Ways

Designing Convergent Worship in Creative Ways:

The Emergence of Possibilities in a Postmodern World”
Friday, May 4
Laguna Beach Top of the World Retreat
Led by Rev. Mary J. Scifres, Worship Author & Consultant
$50 Early Registration includes lunch & materials
Register by April 25, via email to maryscifres@gmail.com

www.maryscifres.com for more details.



Worship labels need not limit us in this 21st century, postmodern world!  When we design worship from the themes and dreams that emerge from our creative planning and discernment process, we allow worship styles and ideas to converge. 
     Explore this new, creative possibility that Scifres calls “convergent worship” as we merge and integrate styles and ideas that refer to “emergent worship,” “postmodern worship,” and “emerging worship” with styles and ideas known as “traditional” and “contemporary.”
     Rather than seeing these new expressions of worship as one more program or worship style to add to our local church schedules, workshop leader Mary J. Scifres invites us to integrate the possibilities for multi-sensory, participatory, communal spiritual disciplines emerging from these diverse worship conversations into our current worship.   In doing so, our worship more easily connects with people both outside and inside the doors of the church.  As we connect in new ways, Scifres sees “the breath of life flowing into the open church doors even as we offer the breath of life to a culture choked by loneliness and hopelessness.” With a refreshing look at our changing world, worship becomes an avenue for us to serve even as we are refreshed by God’s ever-moving Spirit.
     As we explore the changing views of reality and meaning in our world today, we can design and lead worship that connects with people in transformative ways.  In this workshop, Scifres will provide practical tools and ideas for integrating various worship elements and styles–including emerging styles alongside multisensory and multicultural resources–into our worship services.  

Friday, May 4, 9:30-2:30
$55 Registration includes lunch & materials
(Enjoy $50 Early Registration Special by Registering before April 25!)
(.5 CEU credit available with certificate for additional $5)
Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and Abingdon Press Author, has been a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, visioning, leadership, and church growth for more than two decades.  Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.

Mary is author of  “Just in Time: Special Sundays,” “Searching for Seekers:  Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched,” “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” “Prepare!” and “The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner.”

Top of the World Retreat is our home in Laguna Beach.  Located on both Shady Lane and Top of the World Drive, this multi-level home includes view- and garden-retreat-decks for your enjoyment.  Workshops take place in the spacious living area, and lunch is served in the adjacent dining room, with seating both outside and in. 

Our Top of the World Retreat Home offers comfortable space and time to learn, reflect, and retreat.  Situated above the Laguna Wilderness Canyon, this sacred space provides lovely vistas and a quiet place for conversation, contemplation, and education. 

Lunch includes salad, grilled chicken, and bread.  Light snacks, coffee, tea, and filtered water will be available throughout the day as well.

Come early or stay late to walk the nearby park or canyon paths or stroll through the Old Top of the World neighborhood.  Just down the hill, enjoy the quaint ambiance and lovely beaches of Laguna, complete with two public paved trails, dozens of beach accesses, five city parks, and one county park.  Art galleries, shops, restaurants, and hotels abound in Laguna Beach.  
Located in the heart of southern California, Laguna can be the starting point for a fun family vacation or a relaxing retreat.  Fly into nearby Orange County Airport (SNA) and arrive in Laguna in less than half an hour.  Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are only 30 minutes away, Legoland only 45 minutes away, and the sights of either San Diego or L.A./Hollywood are within 70 miles.  Click here for Laguna Beach lodging and recreation information.  

As always, private or group coaching sessions are available on Thursday evening before the event or Friday evening & Saturday morning after the event.  Contact Mary for more details.

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