Adding a Second Worship Service
A Comprehensive Guide for Adding a Second Worship Service

Making the decision to add an additional worship service, or even considering such a thing, is a major undertaking in congregational life. As institutions (and even as members of institutions), we don’t always embrace even the smallest changes easily, and alterations in our worship styles and patterns are not small changes. Rather, they are often some of the largest changes that congregations choose to undertake. Yet many positive reasons for adding worship opportunities exist:

  • to relieve overcrowding
  • to grow the congregation
  • to offer something entirely new to the members and to individuals outside the congregation

Here are some resources for your congregation as you consider whether to add an additional worship service:

Contents

  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    A congregation might choose to add an additional worship service for many different reasons: Some are from the needs of the congregation, and and others are driven by needs of individuals not yet within the congregational walls.
  • One of the key challenges in adding an additional service is providing religious education for children. What is needed, what will be offered, and how it will be done are large questions that need and deserve special consideration.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Adding a worship service inevitably means more work for the congregation’s staff, both professional and support.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Any change is difficult for an organization, but the change in number of worship services seems to prompt some particular fears and feelings. They need to be articulated, recognized, affirmed, and responded to so the change can move forward effectively. The following are some common concerns and...
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Adding services can provide a wonderful, invigorating climate for growth of all sorts, both individual and institutional. But large-scale change without adequate planning not only may doom the change but also may create additional problems. Therefore, ...
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Three sample surveys that can be modified easily for your specific situation.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Adding an additional service will have a real impact on congregational life. Once the decision to add a service is made, the designing and implementation stages begin. Here are a list of questions to help guide your planning:
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Some useful points to consider and remember as the congregation faces the addition of a service and the consequent growth.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Some tips from congregations who have added a second service.

About the Author

  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

For more information contact conglife@uua.org.

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