David Banga

David Banga (banga@davidbanga.com) is a formervisiting faculty member of the University of Notre Dame Department of Music and is presently the director of Worship and Arts at the South Bend Christian Reformed Church.


Articles by this author:

  • Dying and Rising with Christ

    Worship Informed by Romans

    So why are we including a series on Romans in this Ascension/Pentecost issue? Because Romans helps us see what a difference Christ’s resurrection and ascension make in the lives of believers and highlights the role the Holy Spirit plays in our daily striving to become more like Christ.

  • Brought Near

    Six Services Shaped by Ephesians

    Note: Scripture quotations in this article are from the NRSV.

    Planning the Series

    Ephesians illustrates both the density and exuberance of Paul’s theological vision. For these and other reasons, creating a six-week series on the letter can feel a bit daunting. Therefore, a month and a half before the series began we brainstormed one evening with anyone in the congregation interested in joining us. They arrived having read through the letter or at least the one-page summary we made available that outlined its movements and major themes.

  • Worship Planning: From Concept to Service

    How to Make It Happen

    Planning a service that incorporates staff, volunteers, and a congregation can feel like a particularly daunting task. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel—while each church is unique, there are general planning techniques that can be helpful to almost any worship planner. Our church finds the following outline helpful. It is not a detailed map, but it does provide the fundamentals. The trick is for each church to find what works best for its own staff, volunteers, and congregation.