Mission-Driven Worship: Helping Your Changing Church Celebrate God

Mission-Driven Worship: Helping Your Changing Church Celebrate God

by Handt Hanson



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Mission-Driven Worship: Helping Your Changing Church Celebrate God by Handt Hanson

Reveal the Passion and Personality of Your Church Through Worship

Your church's worship says a lot about your church. In Mission-Driven Worship, you'll learn from one of America's leading churches how your church worship can be a dynamic experience in the life of your congregation and a powerful draw for guests. A powerful catalyst for passionately communicating your church's vision. Worship authority Hanson offers ideas and insights that are tried, tested and proven successful-and shows how to create a worship environment that's right for your church.

Mission-Driven Worship will help you:

*Examine your church's current approach to worship.

*Assess and evaluate how you communicate your church mission and vision.

*Develop a worship strategy that builds a bridge between what you've done in

the past to being mission-driven.

*Finalize your strategy with creative ways to make your worship more outreach-


Author Biography:

Handt Hanson is the Director of Worship, Music, and the Arts at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota, a teaching church on the cutting edge of ministry in America, and the spiritual home of 9,400 members.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764423475
Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

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Changing Church in a Changing World

When I was born in 1950 on a small farm outside of Milton, North Dakota, we had no electricity. We burned coal for heat in a small stove at the center of the house. We used an outdoor "facility" that stood a cold fifty-foot trek from the back door. And the first television came to our town in 1957. Talk about change in the wonderful world of technology!

But I've experienced a lot of personal change too, as I know you have. My heart and soul was formed in the hard, wooden pews of a small Lutheran church in North Dakota. Today I lead worship, music, and arts ministries for Prince of Peace, a congregation of ten thousand in a Minneapolis suburb. The delightful challenge for me in this book, then, has been to balance what I know of big-congregation-suburban church life with the realities of churches everywhere.

So with one foot in "ancient" rural North Dakota and the other firmly planted in my modern metropolitan suburb, I'm inviting you to check out the idea of mission-driven worship. On one level, it's simply a call to the great adventure of change. But it's the kind of change that I firmly believe will bring great glory to our God.

Surprisingly, in the midst of all this talk of change, you'll see that I'm actually speaking to what is common among us: our love for the Lord. To this end, I'll show you numerous practical strategies and techniques that any church can quickly begin to implement. In the process, we'll be proclaiming the "old, old story" amidst the vast new changes of our world.

Of course, so much change has already occurred in "how we do church" these days. And you don't need me to tell you that incredible changes loom on the horizon. Are you ready?

Change: It's a Good Thing!

I want to stress that whether a church is large or small is practically irrelevant. What matters is the degree of passion, intentionality, and creativity given to worship planning. This became crystal clear to me way back in 1970.

At that time a fresh wind was blowing through the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. The wind roared from the west, blowing right out of California with the sounds of the "Jesus movement," marrying rock-and-roll with a radical new Christ-centered music. People our age were fed up with what seemed to be a cold, institutional church. But we were very much in love with the passion and purpose of this movement.

In 1964 when the Beatles stepped off their plane in New York City, the entire American landscape changed forever. So did the musical preferences of an entire generation. How logical that this music could also be used to express spiritual values and offer praise to God! It could hardly be ignored and, better yet, seemed to be the perfect vehicle for communicating the gospel message in a brand-new era.

We're entering another new era right now.

Yes, I believe we have come to a watershed moment in the history of the church. It's a time in which the passions that fueled the creativity of the past decades can be focused more clearly. We're now able to grasp a deeper insight into what will most benefit the church at large. And as we take up the new, life-transforming forms of ministry and worship, we'll be ensuring that the work we do today will continue to enrich the church of the future.

The burning question is this: Will we be terrorized by change, or will we joyfully embrace it as our friend? In either case, there's a deep, underlying issue. Carol Childress, of Leadership Network, puts it this way; "It's not change that's killing us, it's the transitions."

I think she's right. It's the transitions from one form to another that can be so difficult. I want those transitions to be as smooth and painless for you as they can possibly be. It's why I wrote this book.

After all, change is our permanent ongoing reality. In every moment of every day we're asked to make transitions from one form to another. And the rate of change is logarithmic. Transition time is shorter and shorter.

But remember: All change is in God's hands.

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your

welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you

call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search

for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you

find me, says the Lord"

(Jeremiah 29:11-14A, New Revised Standard Version)

We can rest confidently in God's promises because God is good and has our best at heart. So let us welcome God's plans for the church. With God's blessing, let's resolve to make our worship time into a glorious glimpse of heaven on earth, week after week.

Table of Contents

Changing Church in a Changing World
1 Forming a Worship Strategy
2 Ship-Shaping Your Worship
3 OK, So What Will the Future Church Be Like?
4 Tap the Power of Worship Teams
5 Space: The Final Frontier
6 Putting It All Together-Like a Work of Art!

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