One of the ways we are working towards our goal of creating a culture of shared ministry is by establishing a Worship Associates program. The Worship Associates work collaboratively with the minister(s) and other program staff to create a cohesive worship calendar for the year, serve as liturgists when the minister is in the pulpit, assist guest speakers and others in the congregation to lead services, lead their own services when they feel ready, and generally “mother hen” the Sunday morning worship time.
Worship Associates are invited to apply for the program. They then attend a full day of initial training. They meet monthly with the minister to continue to learn together about the nature of worship, plan services, assess the worship experience, and work together on enhancing the worship experience for the entire congregation. You can learn more by reading our charter.
Current Worship Associates are: Tracy Spinka-Doms, Dave Harrell, Carol Scott, David Weiss, Kate Franta, Helen Foss, Jan Shay, Ed Ostrom, Donna Gonzalez, James Moser.