A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams
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Author: Zac M. Hicks
Modern worship leaders are restless. They have inherited a model of leadership that equates leading worship with being a rock star. But leading worship is more than a performance, it's about shaping souls and making disciples. Every worship leader is really a pastor. The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction. Part One presents a series of evocative "vignettes"--intriguing and descriptive titles and metaphors of who a Worship Pastor is and what he or she does. It shows the Worship Pastor as Church-Lover, Disciple Maker, Corporate Mystic, and Doxological Philosopher. Part Two covers specific roles related to ministry within the worship service itself--the Worship Pastor as Theological Dietician, Caregiver, Mortician, Emotional Shepherd, War General, Prophetic Guardian, Missional Historian, and Liturgical Architect. Part Three looks at ministry beyond the worship service--the Worship Pastor as Visionary Teacher, Evangelist, Artist Chaplain, and Team Leader. While some worship leaders are eager to embrace their pastoral role, many are lost and confused or lack the resources of time or money to figure out what this role looks like. Pastor Zac Hicks gives us a clear guide to leading worship, one that takes the pastoral call seriously.
The Making of a Worship Leader
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Author: Dr. Brandi Lowery
Publisher: Xulon Press
Worship and Creative Arts have such a broad scope of influence. More goes in to a Sunday morning worship service than the average person realizes. Every aspect of that service and every volunteer on the stage has one thing in common. They are set up and led by a leader, a worship leader. Title or not, the office of worship leader has a great sphere of influence and can get overwhelming. This book strategically touches on many areas within Worship and Creative Arts. Dr. Brandi Lowery began leading worship at the age of sixteen and has been in full time ministry ever since. She received her undergraduate degree from Southeastern University and has since completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Theology. Dr. Lowery is founder of Platinum Ministries and Platinum Worship, who have had the honor of taking the stage with some of the biggest names in Christian and Gospel music. She is currently still serving as Creative Arts Pastor and does a great deal of mentoring and consulting for church worship departments. This book was authored to aid those who find themselves wanting to know more about this ministry. She is the mother of three beautiful children, and comes from a legacy of ministers. Her aim is that despite church size or resources, that with direction, every church can have a successful and impactful worship department if they know how to use the resources they already have.
Contemporary Responses to Contemporary Culture
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Author: Bryan D. Spinks
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
Religion today is in competition with the leisure and entertainment industries. Gen Y, the postmodern generation, is open to spirituality; but most of today’s young adults have not been born into faith communities where they feel any lasting allegiance. Studies suggest that for the young, belief in God is an optional matter, a virtual consumer choice. As a result, different trends in worship and worship styles are offered by different churches to suit lifestyles, attitudes, and personal taste. In this comprehensive and lively survey, Bryan Spinks examines postmodern worship trends including hip hop, praise and worship songs, emerging worship, blended worship, the U2 Eucharist service, the Roman Catholic rethinking of Vatican II, contemporary Celtic worship, the Zaire Mass in Africa, liquid worship, Vineyard and Hillsong worship, the snake-handling holiness churches of the American south, and other emerging forms of alternative worship.
An Exploration of Worship Leadership
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Author: Steven D. Brooks
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Worship Quest serves as a guide to understanding foundational questions about worship and leading in worship. Worship Quest offers a practical perspective on four roles of worship leadership and how they are to be fulfilled within various worship gatherings. For those called to lead in worship as well as those tasked in hiring worship leaders, it is important to understand the roles of worship leadership. Worship Quest helps readers come to understand the different worship gatherings and the various roles of worship leadership, and thus successfully fulfill God's call of leading in worship.
Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations
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Author: Dan Kimball
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Churches are aging. Even among megachurches with their modern technology and huge number of members, whole generations are now missing. In order to reach the 18-35 year olds, churches need to incorporate alternative worship services into their ministries that meet the unique needs of the emerging generations.In a conversational, narrative style, author Dan Kimball guides church leaders on how to create alternative services from start to finish. Using anecdotes from his own experience at Graceland, Kimball presents six creative models, providing real-life examples of each type. Emerging Worship covers key topics including• Developing a prayer team• Evaluating the local mission field and context• Determining leaders and a vision-based team• Understanding why youth pastors are usually the ideal staff to start a new service• Recognizing the difference in values between emerging worship and the rest of the church• Asking critical questions beforehand
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Author: James W. Goll,Chris Dupre
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
Worship—the Key Is your worship of the Lord bringing you closer to Him? Is it everything He is worthy of receiving? The Lost Art of Pure Worship is a gathering of great spiritual leaders who share their unique experiences and desires about the precious act of worshiping a worthy heavenly Father. James W. Goll, premier voice in the global prophetic and prayer and worship movements is joined by four other spiritual powerhouses to provide inspiration and insights about praise and worship. Contributors include: Chris DuPre, great song writer, seasoned worship leader, and teacher on the Father’s heart of God. Jeff Deyo, former lead singer of renowned Christian band Sonic Flood, song writer and leader of the Pure Worship Institute. Sean Feucht, young leader of Burn 24/7, brings a next-generation voice. Julie Meyer, one of the best worship leaders and prophetic voices from the International House of Prayer world in Kansas City. Together, these four voices direct you into practical truths, passion with a purpose, and experience in pure worship to the one true God. The Lost Art of Pure Worship adds depth to individual worship as well as the global worship movement and tools for local churches. The Lost Art of Pure Worship completes James Goll’s inspiring The Lost Arttrilogy series. First was thought-provoking The Lost Art of Intercession, followed by the spirit-searching The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence (originally titled Wasted on Jesus). This series has been used by individuals, groups, and churches to revive three vitally important aspects of every believer’s spiritual life.
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Author: Hughes Oliphant Old
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
This sixth volume of Hughes Oliphant Old's monumental, acclaimed study of preaching throughout history, The Modern Age, tells the story of preaching and worship from the French Revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall (1789-1989). During this period preaching continued to support the historic Christian faith while the church undertook to resist secularization, come to grips with biblical criticism, and initiate bold overseas missions. Opening with the revived Catholic Order of Preachers, continental Protestants such as Abraham Kuyper, and the self-consciously modern preaching of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Old moves on to consider Victorian figures such as John Henry Newman and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He carefully lays out the tensions between Old and New School Calvinism as well as the beginnings of black preaching and the great American tradition of Charles Finney, Dwight L. Moody, Harry Emerson Fosdick, and many more. In the twentieth century Old's focus falls on the crises of the two world wars, especially the courageous ministries of German, Dutch, and Hungarian preachers during the Third Reich.
Building Vital and Faithful Worship
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Author: Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Almost every congregation is experiencing tension over worship. Many congregations have been participating in a renaissance of worship known as the "liturgical movement" and have reclaimed worship forms that have served the church for centuries. Yet because the church today is operating in a radically changed cultural environment, many people in our society do not understand liturgical worship and thus we must find language, music, themes, and images that speak to the unchurched, spiritually seeking person. In Beyond the Worship Wars, Thomas G. Long discusses the nine characteristics of vital and faithful worship practiced by a wide range of "third-way" congregations—all characteristics that make for vital and faithful worshi
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Author: Barbara Day Miller
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Worship A down-to-earth guide to planning and implementing meaningful worship experiences for pastors, written especially for those new to the job. This practical book is for new pastors as they move into the role of worship leader and planner. When faced with the weekly rhythm of planning and leading worship, new pastors sometimes find themselves overwhelmed with the tasks. The book centers on the pastor and his/her identity as worship leader, on guidelines for leadership, and on the 'why' and 'how' of worship services. Contents include: The Pastor as Leader; Leading on Your First Sunday; Rituals: "The way we do it here"; Leading in the Worship Service; Leading Prayer; Leading Communion; Leading Baptism; Leading through the Christian Year; Leading with Musicians; Leading the People into Leadership. To read chapter oneclick here "I heartily commend this book to new pastors. Get it and read it before you show up at your first appointment. Barbara Day Miller will save you from many a heartache and embarrassment. Though tagged as a new pastor's guide, most pastors I know will benefit by reading the New Pastor's Guide, especially the latter chapters about leading with musicians and guiding members of the congregation into worship leadership." Reverend Daniel T. Benedict, Jr., Director of Worship Resources, General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church "In the past couple of years, I have worshipped in about a hundred congregations. After that experience, I can tell you, HERE IS THE BOOK WE NEED! Barbara Day Miller packs this little book with a lifetime of the creative worship leadership and the inspired preparation of pastors to lead worship. Combining practical help with a deep theological understanding of, and heartfelt love of Christian worship, she gives pastors everything they need to lead God's people in prayer and praise." William H. Willimon, Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Barbara Day Miller is the Assistant Dean of Worship at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Church & Ministry/Church Life//Worship/Liturgy