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For many Christian traditions, participation in the liturgical year does not seem remarkable; in fact, it is second nature being the form, or liturgy, through which congregational members grew up practicing their faith. However, for those Christian traditions, like the Churches of Christ, who have avoided the liturgical year, the inclusion of liturgical practices is a substantial deviation in worship theology, practice, and comfort.

This article recounts one congregation’s journey through the liturgical calendar as a test case for a Doctor of Ministry project. The thesis questioned whether the introduction of the liturgical Christian calendar into the worship life of the Orient Street Church of Christ would help lead to the spiritual formation of its members. To test this thesis, the Orient Street congregation followed the holy day cycle of the liturgical Christian calendar. They were surveyed before entering the liturgical year and then again at the end. The two surveys were then compared to see if measurable spiritual growth had occurred. According to the surveys, growth did occur.

Author Bio

S. Wesley Horn met and married his wife Rebecca while at Lubbock Christian University. They have three sons: Caleb, Noah, and Gideon. Wes received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Lubbock Christian University in 1994. He continued at LCU, completing his M.S. in Bible and Ministry in 1996. Wes furthered his education by receiving a graduate certificate in Ministry Studies from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2011 and a graduate certificate in The Radical Free Church Movement from Spurgeon's College in 2013 before being accepted to Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University, where he received his Doctor of Ministry on May 3, 2014.

Wes and Rebecca began full-time ministry work with the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ in Allen, Texas; from 1995-2002 he served as their youth minister. From 2002-present, Wes has served as minister of the word for the Orient Street Church of Christ in Stamford, Texas.

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