my strength by trusting in each team
member’s differences. This firm con-
viction that we are different helps us
form a strong trust in each other, and
our differences require us to listen to
each member’s feedback about the ser-
vices we plan.”
Creativity plays an important role
in developing unique services. Tad
Hopp, a second-year Master of Divin-
ity student who serves as a chaplain’s
assistant, comes from a theatrical
background – he once tried out for
American Idol. He appreciates the way
creativity is nourished and encouraged
through Worship Lab.
“I like letting my creative juices
flow and Worship Lab allows that to
happen,” Hopp said. “I think it gives
the student body here a chance to
explore different styles and methods
of worship, which is more and more
important as we enter a world where
the traditional idea of a worship ser-
vice is changing. As future leaders in
the church, it is important that we are
able to come up with meaningful and
impactful worship services that don’t
necessarily fit the traditional worship
Rev. Scott Clark (M.Div. ’09),
chaplain and associate dean of student
life at SFTS, points out that Worship
Lab connects with what a good num-
ber of local congregations are trying
to do, too.
“We are all faithfully trying to
innovate and come up with new, life-
giving ways to worship that flow out of
the traditions of Reformed Worship,”
Clark said. “This is all part of equip-
ping folks for new, imaginative and
faithful ministry for the 21st century.
I hope that folks beyond the campus
feel welcome to come and worship and
experience what we’re doing here.”
Several SFTS professors and stu-
dents are using Worship Lab as a com-
ponent of their academic studies. Rev.
Dr. Jana Childers’ Reformed Worship
class has the option to attend Worship
Lab and write a report on each service.
First-year M.Div. student Alexander
Wendeheart crafted a worship service
for All Saints’ Day, inspired by his
Celtic spirituality and theology class.
And last semester, Dr. Annette Schel-
lenberg’s Old Testament Exegesis class
designed and led a Worship Lab that
brought to life a challenging text from
the Hebrew Scriptures.
Rev. Dr. James McDonald, the
seminary president, believes it is criti-
cal that SFTS students are prepared
to help fulfill God’s purposes in the
world. Worship Lab has emerged as a
unique tool in this preparation.
“Seminaries are laboratories for
incubating religious leaders who have
been called by God to encourage and
challenge communities to live out the
Good News of Jesus Christ,” McDon-
ald said. “Seminaries need to be places
of hope and energy for a transformed
church capable of healing a broken
world. This is my vision for SFTS.”
Holly Woolard is SFTS communications manager.
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church that was purposefully made
to be common-looking and without
fancy or flair; visits to traditional
markets, neighborhoods and beau-
tiful parklands and open spaces.
Korea is also known as the Land
of the Morning Calm. “That im-
age is exactly what you feel when
you walk outside in the morning,”
McDonald said. “There are lots of
mountains and the Han River is a
large watershed that runs through
Korea and Seoul. The countryside is
spectacular and awe inspiring.”
The trip to Korea also affirmed
the already deep connection be-
tween Korean Presbyterian Church-
es and SFTS. Of the 50 million
people in Korea, approximately 30
percent are Christian. The Presby-
terian Church has become a strong
presence in Korean society. SFTS
has a long history of welcoming
students from Korea, where an ap-
preciation for strong academic and
theological training allows them to
stretch their own learning in minis-
try within their own context.
“I sense a new openness,” Mc-
Donald said. “Koreans want to be
thinking together with non-Kore-
ans about the nature of the changes
that we all face together. This is a
very exciting prospect for everyone.”
At the conclusion of their week-
long visit, bows of respect and
handshakes marked the end of a
well-purposed and deeply meaning-
ful journey. Rev. Kang extended an
invitation for SFTS to participate in
next year’s conference. “Thank you
Rev. Kang. We accept.”
Kay Carney is vice president of communications.
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Mariska Lauterboom and Min-Hee Kim dance during Worship Lab, which was centered
around praying to God through motion.
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