Excellence in Preaching and Worship Arts: Core
excellence in the area of preaching and worship arts engages the following core
competencies; behaviors, skills and personal attributes. Applicants are not
expected to demonstrate full mastery of all competencies before admittance to
the program and these core competencies can be enhanced through a professional
development program. However, participants in Beyond the Call should
demonstrate basic competency in these areas before being considered for the
program as it is, in part, a "training of trainers,” and as such participants
will be expected to mentor other colleagues on each particular topic. As part
of the application process, we ask candidates to rate themselves and have those
persons who are providing references rate them as well.
– brings intuition, flexibility, spiritual maturity and intuition to every
service; has ability to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear and
consistent message that is carefully prepared and artfully delivered;
projects the character of the congregation through worship leadership
- Liturgist – creates deep
and meaningful components of worship that are integrated and which flow;
artfully crafts worship elements; balances the crafting of a unique
liturgical voice with groundedness from the larger traditions; adapts
locally inspired traditions honorably with respect and in context;
recognizes worship as a form of education; spurs
spiritual transformation and growth; utilizes technology in ways that
enrich worship experience; deepens devotional aspects of worship while
staying connected to realities of the "outside” world.
- Musicology – Has
familiarity with the hymnbook and choral repertoire; demonstrates
versatility and creativity in the use of music; works in cooperation with
music staff; is willing, if possible, to chant or sing certain phrases in
- Storytelling – Embodies a
story and tells it as one’s own; shows expertise and comfort, not just in
sermon, but in intergenerational celebrations, memorials, etc.
- Stagecraft - Recognizes the power of setting; pays attention to
staging the chancel, line of vision, clothing, floral arrangement colors,
and ritual furniture and objects.
– Has self-awareness of one's own culture; shows
care and respect in using readings or materials from other cultures,
making sure that over the course of the year, sources are indeed from
various genders, ethnicities, orientations, religions and philosophies and
nations in demographic proportion as much as possible.
- Collaboration – Works well with the musicians, storytellers, ushers,
associates, worship committee members, board members, various choirs, and
the religious education director in the creation of rich, deep worship on
a weekly basis, no matter how many generations are present.
Maturity & Personal
– Shows strong personal depth and spiritual ground; has an active
spiritual life and practice that functions as a source of one’s worship
resources; demonstrates resiliency in the wind of pushback,possesses
groundedness wedded to openness; has an honest vision growing out of
congregational conversation; understands that worship is truly the
"people’s work” and the minister’s role in that process.