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September 14-17, 2014
Worship Planning Retreat
for Worship Teams/Leaders and Pastors
at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
(fly into the Asheville, NC airport)
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with Marcia McFee Ph.D.
(find out more about Dr. Marcia at
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Worship Planners!

What if you had the whole liturgical year mapped out with general directions, themes, symbols and ideas?
And what if you had three concentrated days in a beautiful retreat setting with someone to guide you through the process and in the company of others with which to share energy and ideas?
Just  imagine!

It is my goal to resource leaders like you in practical ways that help you create worship with "deep soul" in the places that you serve. So I am announcing my second annual "Worship Design Studio" Planning Retreat at Lake Junaluska. Pastors, music directors, worship team leaders, visual and media artists... come and get a jump-start on your planning for the year. I hope to see you there!
Peace & Passion,
Marcia McFee
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 This week will rejuvenate your passion for your work of worship ministry, give you a major jump-start on planning for the year, and help train others to help with the task of carrying out worship plans.
Come spend three exhilarating days together in beautiful Lake Junaluska planning themes that will shape your year to come. At the "Worship Design Studio Lake Junaluska" Planning Retreat, Marcia will guide you through the entire liturgical year (starting with Advent 2014)
in order to map out worship themes and general plans for each season!
After three days in the company of creative people and processes, you will have a head start on plans for the kind of sensory-rich worship that touches hearts and minds, transforms lives and forms disciples.
In each session, Marcia offers you the creative pre-work she has done with the history and significance of each season as well as an exploration of what the Revised Common Lectionary is offering (this year she will add her research into the Narrative Lectionary) and non-lectionary themes. Then after steeping you in musical, verbal and visual resources, she sets you to working together with your team on the season. Plan on a full and exciting time in the company of others who are dedicated to meaningful and memorable worship!
"The plans we made at Worship Design Studio carried us through the liturgical year beautifully! The five of us who attended the event returned home with ample passion and  energy to spread it around to the rest of our team. It is exciting now to see this passion present in others. It's no longer just those of  us who attended the Studio who are the biggest contributors in planning; now all the members of our Team are thinking creatively together and learning to manage the delicate balance between tradition and newness while being faithful to the text and the Spirit working among us!" - Karen Puckett, Pastor




Retreat Schedule and Topics

2 CEU's available


Sunday evening: THE CREATIVE PROCESS  AND THE LITURGICAL YEAR (we'll lay the groundwork - a look at planning seasonally, team processes, timelines and how to get the most out of your time at this planning retreat)

Monday morning: THE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS/EPHIPHANY CYCLE (each session will start with interesting information about the history and theology of the seasons that can inspire you for your congregation's journey)

Monday afternoon: THE LENTEN SEASON (in each session Marcia will also point to threads coming from a look at the lectionary for those of you who follow this structure)

Monday night: HOLY WEEK (we will take an interesting journey with "Egeria" - the first person to record her experience of Holy Week in the 4th century Jerusalem church that will inspire us to make our Holy Week an experiential pilgrimage)

Tuesday morning: FREE TIME (after four packed sessions, you'll be ready to sleep in, catch up, take a hike or you may just want to use the time continuing to plan with your team)

Tuesday afternoon: EASTER CYCLE AND THE DAY OF PENTECOST (each session will also include sharing some of Marcia's favorite verbal, musical and visual resources with you)

Tuesday evening: THE SUNDAYS AFTER PENTECOST (we'll look at how to manage and plan for this long season, making "ordinary time" extraordinary!)

Wednesday morning: CONTINUING THE PROCESS (what to do when you go home, how to keep the creativity flowing, manage teamwork and how to get to the nitty-gritty of planning details)


We start Sunday evening, Sept. 14 and conclude Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon.
For $500 PER TEAM, you can bring from 2 to 6 persons from your church.
Spaces are also available for pastors who cannot come with a team and are "flying solo"
($250 PER INDIVIDUAL plus housing and meals).
However, planning together with others from your church is highly recommended
and encouraged if at all possible.
Housing and meals are paid per person (Contact Lake Junaluska let them know you are with Worship Design Studio group for your room and meals ç).
 Single~$346 m/h
Double~$244 m/h

  Last year's event sold out quickly! So don't wait - register now!
Due to this event selling out, there are no refunds after July 14, 2014

Questions about content?   E-mail Dr. Marcia at

Questions about registration?   E-mail Mark at or call 773-316-8892