Episode 5 – Curating Worship with Mark Pierson and co-host Lilly Lewin

by Christine Sine

Episode 5 with Mark Pierson

In this episode Mark Pierson joins Christine Sine and co-host Lilly Lewin to discuss the concept of worship curation and its impact on the way they approach church. Mark Pierson is a worship curator and pastor of Rhythms of Grace church in Auckland New Zealand. Mark founded MainStage Music and Arts festival which became Festival One in New Zealand also curates worship for large events around the world. I think he coined the term ‘worship curator,’ and describes it as curating contexts and spaces built around practices that offer people the potential for transformational engagement with God. He shares examples of curated worship experiences, including art installations and the Tea and Be ceremony which is his latest passion. The conversation also touches on the challenges faced in introducing creative elements to traditional church settings and the importance of curating people’s gifts.


  • Worship curation involves curating contexts and spaces that offer opportunities for transformational engagement with God.
  • Curated worship experiences can take various forms, including art installations and rituals like Tea and Be.
  • Introducing creativity to traditional church settings can be challenging, but it is important to create spaces where people can engage with God in new ways.
  • Curating people’s gifts and providing opportunities for them to contribute to worship can enhance the overall experience.
  • Those who have given up on church are encouraged to find like-minded individuals and create their own worship experiences centered around communion and simplicity.

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