Marcia McFee

Denomination: United Methodist Church (UMC)

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/

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Jumpstart Your Worship!

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Six FREE articles that will JUMPSTART your worship!

5 ways to get "Un-Busy" for Lent

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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?

Brainstorming 1/4: The % Factor

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Worship is the most attended activity of almost every church. How do you spend your time, energy, and resources to prepare for Sunday morning?

Brainstorming 2/4: Bring on the Storms!

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Get ready for fun and creative worship planning! Here are some guidelines to help you host a brainstorming party for your team.

Brainstorming 3/4: Stirring Things Up!

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Here are some great ideas for brainstorming activities to help get your team's creative worship ideas flowing.

Brainstorming 4/4: Cleaning Up After the Storm

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

The Deepest Things

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

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

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Change 2/3: Those Were the Days

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

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

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

"Do Together!"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
The power of collaboration is evident in the worship space. This article offers some suggestions for creative collaboration with your whole church!

The Threshold Moment: Getting More "Goosebumps Factor"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Ritual Artists 1/3: Planning Together and Planning Ahead

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Ritual Artists 2/3: Four Principles of Ritual Artistry

Tuesday December 11, 2012
This article explores four essential elements needed to approach worship as a ritual artist.

Ritual Artists 3/3: An Example of Liturgical Art

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Try It on for Size

Tuesday December 11, 2012
When looking to expand your worship horizons, don't be afraid to experiment!

Starting Points for an Extraordinary Ordinary Time

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Here are some ideas for a creative and engaging ordinary time!

Form and Freedom: Writing Communion Prayers

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

The Beat of a Different Drummer

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Types of Symbol for All Saints' Day

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Powerful symbols manifest in many different forms. In this article, we explore several types of symbol in the context of worship design.

"What do you do with announcements?"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

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

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this worship series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.

Worship Movements 2/5: Holy Spirit Fire

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this article series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.

Worship Movements 3/5: New Tunes, New Spirit

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this blog series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.

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

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this article series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.

Worship Movements 5/5: For Everyone Born

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this blog series, we're exploring 20th century liturgical movements to understand how our recent past effects our modern worship practices.

The Pace of Worship

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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!

A Prayer for Holy Week

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

You Are a Ritual Artist!

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

"From Story-Tellers to Story-Dwellers"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

Roles of the Design Team

Tuesday December 11, 2012
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.

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

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this excerpt from my new book, [_Think Like a Filmmaker_](http://www.thinklikeafilmmaker.com), 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.

"The Verbal Transition"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this excerpt from my new book, [_Think Like a Filmmaker_](http://www.thinklikeafilmmaker.com), 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.

"Musical Transitions"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this excerpt from my new book, _[Think Like a Filmmaker](http://www.thinklikeafilmmaker.com)_, 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.

"The Art of Creating a World"

Tuesday December 11, 2012
In this excerpt from my new book, _Think Like a Filmmaker_, we’re going to look at ways to expand our understanding of the media arts as more than just “a big, electronic bulletin.” You’re invited to use the reflection questions at the end as you consider ways to create immersive experiences for your congregation.

A Time for Transformation

Tuesday December 11, 2012
This post is all about my new worship series, "God Bless Us Every One: The Redemption of Scrooge." This is a wonderful worship journey to share with your congregation this year!