Anxious to tear down that invisible barrier between pulpit and pew, Vann desires that laypeople no longer feel like spectators but participants. Loaded with practical advice, this is an ideal volume for worship committees and church leaders; it even includes photos from the many churches she has visited. 152 pages, softcover. Westminster John Knox.
Sunday worship is the central act of the Christian faith, yet few people truly understand what is happening during the service, and why, and how. Based on numerous visits with congregations of many denominations, Jane Rogers Vann examines how we can eliminate the barrier between the preacher and the people in the pew and offers practical advice directed not just toward church leaders but to worship committees and church members--all who are yearning to be fully engaged in worship. Photographs of many of the churches she visited are included.
Jane Rogers Vann is Rowe Professor of Christian Education Emerita at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. She remains active in teaching, research, and writing about the relationship between worship and education in the congregation.