Thrivent Grant Enables WorshipOutlet to Help Churches Grow

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Through a $50,000 grant from Thrivent Financial, WorshipOutlet is able to reach out to churches and offer a free Christmas resource to introduce pastors and worship leaders to the worship resources they offer.

We've seen an overwhelming response to our worship resources.

WorshipOutlet is reaching new heights. A recent recipient of a marketing grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation, WorshipOutlet is receiving amazing coverage in just two weeks.

Registered visitors to WorshipOutlet.com set new records during the first week of November. Newsgroups from across the United States published the news of the grant receipt. Followers on Facebook grew by 1000%, and Twitter followers increased 2000%!

In Elkhorn, Nebraska, the home base of WorshipOutlet.com, a video studio is being completed, which will enable videos to be filmed on worship helps, tutorial “how to”, and the ministry’s latest product development. The former storage room was gutted, wall surfaces rounded and painted, new carpet and lights are being installed, and digital video recording and sound equipment has been purchased. "Our subscribers will be able to see our ministry team, including the 'face behind the voice' of Donna, the customer care specialist for WorshipOutlet." said Julie Koenemann, Music Director for WorshipOutlet.

Entering its 5th year in ministry, WorshipOutlet.com is a cross-denominational ministry whose mission is to provide creative-engaging worship resources that are both Biblical and relevant for the 21st century. We are Lutherans developing new and fresh expressions of worship not only for Lutherans, but for all Christian churches.

J. Paul Davidson, Executive Director of WorshipOutlet said, "Among our subscribers are pastors, worship leaders, musicians, and church administrative assistants, representing Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian denominations and various nondenominational churches. We currently have nearly 800 churches around the world using resources created by WorshipOutlet.com. These churches have expressed positive growth experiences directly influenced by the use of WorshipOutlet.com worship resources."

The premiere resource of WorshipOutlet is WorshipAlivePlus!, a complete worship service that can be purchased by subscription and individually. More than 175 churches currently subscribe, resulting in nearly 40,000 worshipers being impacted each weekend. WorshipAlivePlus! is a worship resource different from any other resource we’ve found. The services are based on the 3-year liturgical readings, complete with customized liturgy, contemporary worship song and traditional hymn music, media suggestions, and extensive sermon seasonings. Soon to be released will be custom thematic PowerPoint templates, Children’s Messages, and sermon outlines. Another feature of this resource is that it is available for immediate download and customizable to meet your own church’s needs. Administrative assistants and pastors find this feature to be extremely helpful, being able to adapt the resources at the touch of the keyboard to fit individual worship styles. A wide variety of music selections matching the service’s theme are suggested, enabling worship leaders and pastors to select the songs familiar to their worship teams and worshipers.

In addition to WorshipAlivePlus!, additional products include Sermon Series and Special Services (holidays and church seasons), also entire worship services including sermon resources, media suggestions, liturgy, and both contemporary and traditional music. Soon to be released is SimpleWorship, a condensed form of full services especially geared to those churches that do not follow a liturgy. NuParables convey the truth of God’s Word in an experiential, unforgettable way. Plans for the new year are to unveil WorshipShare, a free online resource for pastors and worship leaders to upload and download their most creative worship services, sermons, and ideas.

Davidson said, "If you’re familiar with WorshipOutlet.com, add us as your Facebook and Twitter friends, and receive a free gift! Post a comment or share a link from WorshipOutlet.com on your home page, and you can be our greatest advertisement. And if you’re just discovering us, register at our website on WorshipOutlet.com and receive THREE free resources of your choice – plus a bonus gift."

The leaders of WorshipOutlet are very excited about where God is leading them in this ministry. WorshipOutlet endeavors to help reverse the declining religious trends of the United States. Worshipers are drawn to our worship services that are culturally-relevant, which in turn leads to increased attendance.

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