Each workshop/retreat can be tailored to meet your local needs...or we can work together to design an experience that fits your specific situation. Please contact me to talk about planning a workshop or retreat.
To get an idea of my style of planning, scroll down to see highlights from an Easter service I planned in 2015.
Keeping God as the Center of Our Worship
In an attempt to be “relevant”, we can sometimes lose sight of the One who is at the center of our worship. This workshop looks at foundational principles of Christian worship that can help your congregation better prepare your own services, regardless of its “style” of worship.
Creating Intentional Worship: Beyond Relevant
Does it sometimes feel like your worship service just moves from one element to the next? This workshop explores creative ways in which worship planners and musicians can design “intentional” worship that engages all the senses, encourages the full participation of the congregation, and is grounded in the ancient forms of Christian liturgy.
We Haven’t Always Done It This Way
Why do we do what we do when we gather for worship? Take a trip through history as we explore the many strands of experience within Christian worship.
Living the Passion
Live the history, worship, and spirituality of Holy Week through music, poetry, scripture, and art. Especially appropriate for worship planning teams and ministers who wish to engage their congregations more fully in the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.
Making the Psalms Our Own
Experience the many genres of the Psalms and see how these ancient words connect with our very modern world. Be prepared to listen, reflect, draw, paint, write, or sing as we open up the church’s first hymnal.
Lift Up Your Hearts: The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Eucharistic Prayer has stood at the center of Christian worship for 2,000 years. This retreat helps to uncover the deep spirituality behind all the words in this "long prayer" that can help us live our Christian life more authentically.
Highlights from Easter Sunday (2015) at Winnetka Presbyterian Church.
This service is a great example of my eclectic style of worship planning.
It also includes a sampling of "There Is One Lord", an original composition (2:28).
"The creativity Geoff brought to his work not only enriched the worship experience of the parish at large but is also touched people in a deep and profound way. He is keenly aware and respectful of the traditions that the parish held dear and used his many talents to enrich them even more."