It's a new year ... and WorshipArts has a lot of newness!
WorshipArts will be published quarterly rather than bi-monthly this year, with issues in January, April, July, and October. This allows more staff time to be devoted to our two national events in 2019 and our all-volunteer Editorial Committee to have additional time to resource articles for you.
However, we do not intend to reduce the amount of communication or worship resources that we provide. To accomplish that, we will be sending an email to Fellowship members in the second and third months of each quarter, containing additional resources that will be found here on our website in the members-only area.
The topics of our content will be shifting a bit this year as well. In response to reader input from last summer's membership survey, we will have a consistent pattern of a reflective lead article, which will then be followed by more practical, hands-on, nuts-and-bolts pieces in each of five areas:
Our 2019 themes for reflective articles will mirror images from Charles Wesley's hymn "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling":
This concept was inspired by the worship theme statement of The Fellowship's 2019 Music & Worship Arts Week: "A spirit of wonder fuels imaginations and hearts, especially as we move into the unknown. As a discipline of faith, it strengthens our connectedness to God and God's creation ... as we seek to grow in wonder, love, and praise."
Finally, as we seek to better meet the needs of worship artists working in smaller settings (another need culled from our survey), we will group appropriate resources for this important consituency. In this issue, look for choral anthems for smaller choirs on page 29.
Please let us know how we are doing. As always, our prayer and hope is that both the voices and resources offered here will strengthen and enliven your faith and ministries for the sake of transforming the world through worship.
The WorshipArts Editorial Committee primarily consists of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in worship planning, liturgy, and communications. The team is led by our editor, Dave Wiltse.
Do you love to write? Have an idea for an article that would interest readers of WorshipArts? The WorshipArts Editorial Committee actively seeks a variety of articles and reviews in music areas (choral for all ages, piano/organ, instrumental, handbells), arts areas (dance, drama, visuals), and worship areas (preaching, contemporary worship, spiritual formation, worship planning, liturgy). WorshipArts publishes four to six times each year and deadlines are the 15th of the month, two months prior to publication date.