Worship Planning Retreat






Watching the live stream recordings gives you convenience, an opportunity you would not have had otherwise if it is difficult for you to travel to conferences, and it will have great impact on your ministry and congregation as you get planned ahead for a great year!




Relentless. Worship planning can start to feel like a chore when the regularity of it, combined with the busyness of life, creates last-minute scrambling. Eventually this stress squashes our ability to pursue fresh ideas and worship loses some of its power to renew us and our congregations.

This retreat will TURN THAT ALL AROUND!

See what retreat participants said about the experience!



You've heard it from colleagues: "Oh, I give my worship team the themes, scriptures and titles for the whole year." Maybe you are one of those folks–then you know the positive effect that planning ahead has on your life. But you may be one of the majority of pastors who would respond, "Don't I wish!!!"


What if you had the whole liturgical year mapped out with general directions, themes, scriptures, symbols and ideas?  And what if you had a guided experience with a worship expert to help you through the process, sharing energy, inspiration and lots of ideas?


It is my goal to resource leaders like you in practical ways that help you create relevant, meaningful and memorable worship in the places that you serve. I give you an amazing jump-start on your planning for the year (starting with Advent). 

I hope you'll join me "virtually" in the recorded version of this retreat!

Peace & Passion, 

Marcia McFee

For the last 10 years, Dr. Marcia McFee has invited pastors and worship teams to beautiful retreat centers around the country. The response to these inspirational experiences has been tremendous, with retreats selling out early and often.

This fall, she led a live worship planning retreat at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. When registration SOLD OUT for the live participation, we opened up this retreat to be live streamed online so other pastors and teams could join us remotely from their own locations! And now you can take advantage of the recordings to create your own retreat.

You'll get the same great inspiration from an expert about every season of the liturgical year without making any travel plans, except for perhaps finding your own get-away place to do the retreat. All you need is good Wi-Fi and an inspiring location that feeds your soul!

Testimonials from past participants: 


The retreat was nothing short of amazing. Our worship team now has Advent and Christmas programs and bulletins written out in advance so we can come into the season on steady legs with a clear vision. We couldn't have done it without you!”

“I was captivated. Absolutely captivated. And it’s hard to captivate me!” 

“We're excited about going from a week-by-week planning to more long range planning.” 

“The retreat has made a tremendous difference in worship already!”


"The plans we made at Worship Design Studio carried us through the liturgical year beautifully! The five of us who attended the event returned home with ample passion and energy to spread it around to the rest of our team. It's no longer just those of us who attended the Studio who are the biggest contributors in planning; now all the members of our Team are thinking creatively together and learning to manage the delicate balance between tradition and newness while being faithful to the text and the Spirit working among us!"

read on to find out more about content and price...


These sessions will rejuvenate your passion for your work of worship ministry, give you a major jump-start on planning for the year, and help train others to help with the task of carrying out worship plans. 


In each session, Marcia offers you the creative pre-work she has done with the history and theological significance of each season as well as an exploration of Revised Common Lectionary, Narrative Lectionary and non-lectionary themes. Then after steeping you in musical, verbal and visual resources, she sets you to working on your own or together with your team on the season.

We cover the theological themes of each liturgical season and how they relate to our spiritual journeys as the human family. We take a look at possible themes coming out of the Revised Common Lectionary, Narrative Lectionary and non-lectionary-based trajectories to jumpstart the creation of your own ideas. If you opt for premium access, you will be able to draw on resources from the Worship Design Studio, utilizing any of our series that span 10 years of Dr. McFee's series worship designs (over 60 series to date). And Marcia will introduce you to the ideas for her own new series work for the year (including the new "Calm and Bright" Advent/Christmas fully-scripted worship series).

[CEU's available - To get CEU's contact us and we will take you through the process]


Here's an idea: You could do this retreat from the convenience of your office, at home or around a conference table at church with your team. But also consider creating your own incredible setting at a retreat center or AirBnB somewhere special! We know that the sense of "getting away" (even if it is only a few miles away) can really turbo-boost your creative process and concentration. Simply MAKE SURE that you will have high speed Wi-Fi access so that you are able to access the materials and videos easily. Then take your favorite planning materials (Bibles, commentaries, music resources, etc.). Make sure good food is available when you need it; maybe a good cook in your congregation could be involved as their gift to the team! Choose a setting that inspires you to creativity and offers you some uninterrupted concentration. Voila! Your own retreat.


Pastors, not sure if you want to do this on your own or with others from your church? Ask yourself this: Do you need quiet and solitude to focus and create or do you need group energy and the ability to bounce ideas off of others? The answer makes a big difference, and either method is a valid way of doing long-range planning!


Your purchase allows you to use these materials and recordings on your own or together with folks from your church. No sharing with other churches/pastors. If you do this retreat in the company of other pastors, we ask that you please respect the "per church" fee.

If you pastor more than one little church, you may pay only one church registration.

If you are a pastor of a very small church (50 or less in worship), please contact us about scholarships.


Basic: $350 PER CHURCH 

Recordings of the Retreat and 1-month temporary access to Worship Design Studio

(active WDS members, use this product AND log into your WDS account

to get a promo discount code!) 


Premium: $550 PER CHURCH

Recordings of the Retreat AND includes one year subscription to the Worship Design Studio

(that's a $99 discount, the biggest we offer),


FREE access to all live webinar sessions with Marcia during the year (a $198 value)

FREE access to 60+ worship series (a la carte they are valued at $25 EACH) 

FREE access to our popular fully-scripted Advent and Lent series ($850 value by year's end!)

Dr. Marcia McFee has spent over 20 years in a teaching ministry specializing in revitalizing worship. She is a sought-after seminary professor, having taught as a guest in 14 seminaries. She is a popular workshop leader and plenary speaker, having made hundreds of appearances for local, regional and national bodies of the UMC, UCC, DOC, PCUSA, UU, MCC, ELCA, and Baptist traditions. She is a ground-breaking worship designer and leader, including two international General Conferences for the United Methodist Church. Dr. McFee is a renowned consultant that has spent time one-on-one helping hundreds of churches, no matter their size, style, denomination or current state of vitality, to revolutionize their services.


Find out more about Dr. McFee at www.marciamcfee.com

Questions about content?  E-mail Dr. Marcia at [email protected]

If this year doesn't work for you but you'd like to be on our e-mail list to hear about other opportunities and receive occasional worship resources please sign up on our e-mail list HERE and we will send you a FREE nine-week webinar series from Dr. McFee!