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Marcia McFee Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, Key Voice Blogger, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist.

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Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called "refreshing," "inspiring," and "unforgettable." Marcia combines her background and experience in performance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia teaches and speaks across the country and has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings, including the last two General Conferences of the United Methodist Church. She is the creator of the Worship Design Studio, an online resource for the inspiration and education of those who plan worship (http://worshipdesignstudio.com), including four plus years of lectionary and non-lectionary themes based on the liturgical year (including one based on Rev. Peter Wallace' book, "The Passionate Jesus"). See more about Marcia at http://www.worshipdesignstudioblog.com/bio/


Latest Content by Marcia McFee

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A Time for Transformation

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

This blog post originally appeared at www.marciamcfee.com. Learn more about the worship series at www.worshipdesignstudio.com/scrooge.

October is the month where things start to change in many parts of our country. The weather starts getting colder. Leaves turn their color and begin falling from the trees. Fun fall activities blend in with the rhythm of the school year, and all of a sudden: we realize that all of these changes will bring us into the holidays. For pastors and worship leaders, it's time to start thinking about the Advent/Christmas season. At the end of the crazy year we’ve had—full of natural disasters, human violence and heartbreak—we know it’s time for change, even as we return to the familiar rituals that accompany the end of another calendar cycle and the beginning of another liturgical cycle.

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"The Art of Creating a World"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)
This is an excerpt from Dr. Marcia McFee’s new book [Think Like a Filmmaker © Marcia McFee, 2016]. Find out more HERE.



My own love of creating sensory-rich environments in worship—from the basic to the very complex—is deeply influenced by my time with the internationally-renowned Nikolais Dance Company. Simply using media projection for words alone never crossed my mind. To my thinking, if all we are doing is to project static images and words on a screen, we are just creating a really big bulletin. Yes, it may be informational, but is it artistic and therefore, inspirational? Further, when those who choose images for projection simply pick stock images unrelated to the palette being utilized by the rest of the ritual artists, we can end up with competing art forms that distract, rather than enhance, the main thing... the message.

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Other Recent Content by Marcia McFee

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August 04, 2016

"Musical Transitions"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re revisiting the concept of transitions, but this time we’re looking at the musical transition as a way to move from one action to the next. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how music can be used to help smooth the flow of worship.
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July 14, 2016

"The Verbal Transition"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re taking a look at the verbal transition, one of the many practices of the verbal artist. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how the verbal arts are used to clarify, beautify, and usher in the elements of your worship.
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July 07, 2016

"Symbols: Drawing Meaning from the Ordinary Stuff of Life"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re taking a closer look at how visual artists use symbol to enrich the texture of worship. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how the visual arts enhance the worship life of your community.
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June 23, 2016

Roles of the Design Team

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re examining the many different kinds of artists who are needed to work together on a film production crew. There are definitely some major similarities between a film design team and worship arts leaders! You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end while you think about how your team works together in preparing and leading worship experiences each week.
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June 02, 2016

"From Story-Tellers to Story-Dwellers"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re digging into how filmmakers see the power of story in bringing people together by offering an unforgettable experience—in much the same way as worship! You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you think about how we love to tell the Story—and why story is such an important tool for navigating the course of our everyday lives.
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May 27, 2016

You Are a Ritual Artist!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this excerpt from my new book, Think Like a Filmmaker, we’re unpacking the idea of what it means to be a ritual artist. You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end of this post to guide your own exploration of your identity as a ritual artist.
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March 10, 2016

A Prayer for Holy Week

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

As we journey through Lent towards Holy Week, consider using this prayer as an offering for worship or as a personal reflection on the everyday bravery required to live as people of God, in every season.
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February 25, 2016

The Pace of Worship

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

This article serves as an introduction to the four primal kinesthetic worship patterns that drive each of us in worship and in our daily lives. Which pattern are you? Read to learn about all four types!
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February 11, 2016

Worship Movements 5/5: For Everyone Born

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this blog series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
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January 28, 2016

Worship Movements 4/5: With Every Ounce...

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this article series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
Marcia McFee Article

January 14, 2016

Worship Movements 3/5: New Tunes, New Spirit

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this blog series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
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December 24, 2015

Worship Movements 2/5: Holy Spirit Fire

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this article series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
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December 03, 2015

Worship Movements 1/5: Making Ritual 'Rich-You-All'

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this worship series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.
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November 12, 2015

"What do you do with announcements?"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

The number one, hands-down, Frequently Asked Question in my workshops in the Worship Design Studio is this: “What do you do with announcements?” In this week's article, I share the answers I give to design teams in my workshops and consultations.
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October 29, 2015

Types of Symbol for All Saints' Day

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Powerful symbols manifest in many different forms. In this article, we explore several types of symbol in the context of worship design.
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June 18, 2015

The Beat of a Different Drummer

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Sometimes real and deeply seated conflicts can arise between worshipers with different worship styles. This article examines these differences and offers some solutions for looking at conflict within our worship.
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June 04, 2015

Form and Freedom: Writing Communion Prayers

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Creating writing takes its place in worship through the liturgical arts and communal prayer. In this article, we explore the form and spirit of writing prayers for communion.
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May 21, 2015

Starting Points for an Extraordinary Ordinary Time

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Here are some ideas for a creative and engaging ordinary time!
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May 08, 2015

Try It on for Size

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

When looking to expand your worship horizons, don't be afraid to experiment!
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April 30, 2015

Ritual Artists 3/3: An Example of Liturgical Art

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Liturgy is one example of ritual art. This article unpacks some ways to start thinking about artful ways to implement original liturgical writing into worship.
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April 23, 2015

Ritual Artists 2/3: Four Principles of Ritual Artistry

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

This article explores four essential elements needed to approach worship as a ritual artist.
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April 09, 2015

Ritual Artists 1/3: Planning Together and Planning Ahead

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

In this first article in a series of three about ritual artists, we explore the many roles that ritual artists can take on in the act of planning worship series.
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April 02, 2015

The Threshold Moment: Getting More "Goosebumps Factor"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Transcendental moments in worship are sadly few and far between during much of the liturgical year. This article explores ways to create poignant and meaningful transitions into worship.
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March 26, 2015

"Do Together!"

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

The power of collaboration is evident in the worship space. This article offers some suggestions for creative collaboration with your whole church!
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March 19, 2015

Change 3/3: The "Feel" of the Holy

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Some worship experiences just feel right and resonate with us, while others don't. This article examines our responses to worship and explores how we can approach creating worship experiences that resonate more with our churches.
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March 06, 2015

Change 2/3: Those Were the Days

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Understanding our personal faith histories and the histories of our church can help us unravel why change can be so disarming, and so difficult to negotiate.
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March 06, 2015

Change 1/3: Change is Good...You Change First!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

The politics of change can be challenging to negotiate in church today. This article is the first in a three-part series about new perspectives we can take to approaching issues of change.
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February 26, 2015

The Deepest Things

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

How do we connect to one another in such a busy, distant world during that one precious hour on Sunday mornings? This article suggests how to start tearing down the walls that keep us from connecting with one another.
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February 19, 2015

Brainstorming 4/4: Cleaning Up After the Storm

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Now that you have all these great ideas for your upcoming worship series, where do you go from here? This article is about taking the next steps toward realizing your team's vision.
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February 12, 2015

Brainstorming 3/4: Stirring Things Up!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Here are some great ideas for brainstorming activities to help get your team's creative worship ideas flowing.
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February 05, 2015

Brainstorming 2/4: Bring on the Storms!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Get ready for fun and creative worship planning! Here are some guidelines to help you host a brainstorming party for your team.
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January 29, 2015

Brainstorming 1/4: The % Factor

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Worship is the most attended activity of almost every church. How do you spend your time, energy, and resources to prepare for Sunday morning?
Marcia McFee Article

February 04, 2014

5 ways to get "Un-Busy" for Lent

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Dr. Marcia McFee is inviting you to consider how easy it is to get "busy" especially as you begin to plan for Lent. How could you “un-busy” your worship? 
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March 29, 2013

Jumpstart Your Worship!

Dr. Marcia McFee (UMC)

Six FREE articles that will JUMPSTART your worship!