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Changing your worship service doesn't have to be a nightmare.
It is possible to introduce new worship ideas in a way that your congregation, both young and old, can accept. The New Worship, revised and expanded, shows everyone involved in music and worship planning how to smoothly navigate the changes. Gain practical insight that will help guide the entire scope and direction of your worship program and solidify your philosophy of worship as well.
"Only one book speaks with equal authority on issues of worship planning and practice, history, theology, and the spiritual formation of worshipers: The New Worship. It is a treasure trove of fresh insight, research, and some of the most practical worship application available."
—Sally Morgenthaler, author, Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God
"A commendable job of carefully listening to the various textual communities within the contemporary landscape while weaving a solid fabric of biblical exegesis and commonsense application."
—Chuck Fromm, Worship Leader magazine
"If you are looking for a succinct and practical guide that touches on the week-to-week issues faced by pastors and worship leaders—this is it."
—Robert Webber, director and founder, The Institute for Worship Studies
"Traditionalists need to understand and appreciate those advocating contemporary styles; contemporary worship leaders must understand and appreciated the traditionalists, too. Liesch provides all the tools to help us in this quest."
|Part 1||Contemporary Worship Services|
|1.||Culture, Choruses, and Hymns||19|
|2.||Teaching, the Spirit, and Our Congregational Songs||37|
|4.||Journey into the Holy of Holies||67|
|5.||Designing the Service||77|
|6.||Drama, Scripture, Technology||91|
|7.||Inspiring the People's Song||101|
|Part 2||Pressing Issues|
|8.||Is Worship a Performance? The Concept||121|
|9.||Is Worship a Performance? The Implications||133|
|10.||Worship: Christ's Action and Our Response||141|
|11.||Worship That Models the Purpose of the Church||161|
|12.||Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Peter||177|
|13.||Resolving Tensions over Musical Style: Paul||189|
|Part 3||Ministering with Others|
|14.||Volunteer and Staff Relations||209|
|15.||Identifying and Attracting Worship Musicians||219|
|16.||Why Seminaries Should Teach Worship||229|
|1||The Argument behind Chapter 2||235|
|2||Resources at www.worshipinfo.com||245|
|3||The New Worship Musician Software||247|
Posted November 15, 2001
The New Worship is the best guide for churches thinking about starting a contemporary worship or blended worship format service. An excellent guide for churches with established worship services as well, there are chapters written with ministers and musicians in mind. The chapters are biblically based and give clear and practical advice on the true meaning of worship, recommendations for worship techniques, and the importance of directing worshipers to God. The only critique I have is the suggestion that all musical styles are acceptable in worship services regardless of authorship: I would prefer the statement that all music that edifies the church or its teachings are acceptable in worship. Overall, the book is a 'must have' for all worship leaders, musicians, ministers, and churches.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.