Appleton, Wisconsin (PRWEB) November 08, 2011
WorshipOutlet, based in Elkhorn, Nebraska, recently received a $50,000 grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The grant will provide marketing funds to increase awareness of the worship resources offered by WorshipOutlet, and how using these resources will have a positive growth experience upon churches.
“We are Lutherans developing new and fresh expressions of worship for not only Lutherans but cross denominationally. Our goal is to connect the future to the past through fresh expressions of worship.
“Presently churches from five different denominations use our resources (Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Evangelical Non-Denominational). Our resources are the only compressive type available to churches online that we are aware of presently. We offer a complete package for a worship experience that is downloadable and customizable. These resources are easily usable for churches that are liturgical and for churches that are non-liturgical. Since we offer both traditional musical options and contemporary options all types of churches find them extremely helpful. One church in urban Detroit attributes the use of WorshipOutlet’s resources to one of the main reasons they are growing in an urban setting while the churches around them are closing.
“While many churches seek the very creative resources we produce, yet, they don’t know they exist. We rejoice and praise God for this amazing blessing, and eagerly look forward to the harvest He will produce as this grant will now enable us to advertise,” said Julie Koenemann, Director of Music Resources for WorshipOutlet.
“We are delighted to assist WorshipOutlet through this grant, said Tim Schwan, vice president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. “We trust that this support will strengthen WorshipOutlet’s outreach ministry to those it serves.”
The grant is part of the foundation’s Lutheran Grant Program. This program is designed to assist Lutheran organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. In 2010, the program distributed more than $1.6 million through 42 separate grants.
Eligible grant applicants include: Lutheran congregations, regional divisions of the three largest church bodies, small church bodies, high schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, camps, campus ministries, social ministry organizations and other independent Lutheran organizations or institutions.
WorshipOutlet, founded in 2007, is a cross-denominational ministry whose mission is to provide creative-engaging worship resources that are both Biblical and relevant for the 21st century. Churches and other religious organizations are equipped with weekly and special event worship services, sermon series, and other creative worship resources for their leaders (pastors, worship leaders, musicians, etc.) to use in their weekly worship planning and implementation. Products include WorshipAlivePlus! and SermonSeries, and Special Services, full worship services with complete sermon resources, media suggestions, liturgy, and both contemporary and traditional music. SimpleWorship is a condensed form of full services for churches not using liturgy. NuParables convey the truth of God’s Word in an experiential, unforgettable way. Under development is WorshipShare, a free online resource for pastors and worship leaders to upload and download their most creative worship services, sermons, and ideas. WorshipOutlet endeavors to help reverse the declining religious trends of the United States. Worshipers are drawn to culturally-relevant worship, which leads to increased attendance.
Presently nearly 800 churches from 27 different countries, including the United States, use resources provided by WorshipOutlet. Approximately 180 churches use one of the provided resources entitled “Worship Alive Plus!”. This product alone touches the lives of nearly 40,000 worshippers per weekend.
The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. As a 501(c)(3) organization with its own board of trustees, the foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes and makes grants and gifts to 501(c)(3) exempt organizations. The foundation does not provide grants to individuals. To learn more about the foundation and its grant programs, visit: http://www.thriventfoundation.com.