The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship

The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship

by Greg Scheer

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Contemporary worship continues to gain strength as the form of worship of choice for many churches across the country. The Art of Worship is a complete resource to which a musician or pastor can turn when asked to lead contemporary music. It provides in-depth instruction to every aspect of contemporary worship leadership--from assembling the team to choosing the music to conducting rehearsals. Author Greg Scheer takes a balanced, holistic approach, embracing the contemporary style without denying older traditions and encouraging excellence without ignoring the realities of the local church context. Worship team leaders, musicians, and pastors looking for a quality, comprehensive resource need look no further.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585582358
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Greg Scheer (M.A., University of Pittsburgh) is a composer, church musician, and choir and music director who has served in several churches. He was director of music ministries and a professor at Northwestern College (Iowa) for five years. Scheer is currently minister of worship at Church of the Servant (CRC) and a music associate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Greg Scheer is a composer, church musician, and choir and music director. Currently minister of worship at Church of the Servant (CRC) and a music associate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is the author of The Art of Worship and a contributor to The Hymn, Call to Worship, Worship Leader, and New Songs of Celebration Render. His music is available from Augsburg Fortress, GIA, Abingdon Press, Worship Today, Faith Alive, in numerous hymnals, and at

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Journey into Worship (Or, Confessions of a Failed Rock Star)     9
About This Book     11
Defining the Terms     12
Setting the Stage     17
Assess Your Church's Situation     18
Spread the Vision     24
Attend to Details     27
Assembling the Team     33
Recruiting     33
Interviewing     38
Establishing a New Worship Team     49
Building Repertoire     55
Repertoire Is Theology     55
Analyzing Repertoire     56
Evaluating Song Quality     60
Finding New Praise Songs     72
Introducing New Music     82
Planning Worship     87
The Art of Worship     87
Understanding Service Structure     88
Adapting Structure and Style     97
Practical Worship-Planning Techniques     105
Modulation Types     112
Making Music     121
The Role of the Worship Team     121
Vocalists     124
Vocal Harmony     130
Guitar     138
Piano     143
Bass     147
Drums     151
Brass, Woodwinds, and Strings     157
Key boards     162
Using What God Has Given You     167
Informing Your Ear     167
Putting It All Together     168
Timeless Hymns in a Contemporary Context     181
A Case for Context     181
Study the Original Hymn's Text     183
Study the Original Hymn's Music     184
Establish the Groove     187
Change Chords     188
Embellish     190
Rehearsing and Leading     191
Preparing for Rehearsal     191
Rehearsing     199
Leading Worship     205
Looking to the Future     211
A New Generation of Worshipers     211
The Next Generation of Worship Leaders     214
Notes     219

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All of the bio info on Greg seems to indicate that he possesses the skill set and body of knowledge that would qualify him to write authoritatively on the subject that he addressed in his book. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has an impressive resume. Greg has experience in all the facets of music ministry such as being a church musician, composer, and a director of choirs and praise bands. He also has experience teaching as a music professor. By all accounts, Greg seems to be a good model music minister 'although I do not know him personally, nor have I ever worked with him'. Greg¿s book is quite comprehensive insofar as that it covers most 'if not all' of the aspects of music ministry in a church. The fact that his book has 51 foot notes demonstrates that he did his homework. His book covers: · The potential hazards and pitfalls a church may encounter when making the transition to a contemporary service format with a praise band · The details to consider when putting together a praise team and making it effective in a church service · How to select songs and build a repertoire · The different formats in a church service and how adapt style to structure · Each instrument¿s role and dynamic in the praise band · How to prepare and conduct rehearsals · And finally, how to lead the singing during the actual service. The book gets quite technical in some parts. Greg shows his vast knowledge of music theory when he elaborated on the various types of modulations a praise band could do in the last eight pages of chapter four. He even provides scores of these modulations to illustrate his point. Greg also did the same thing in chapter five when he devoted about eight pages to elaborate on the different types of harmonies the vocalist can use. Greg provided a lot of insight and analysis to many of today¿s popular praise songs. He addressed their lyrical content and musical style while also demonstrating a knowledge mainstream pop music. I love the cover of the book. It has a photo of a five piece drum set 'brand name unknown' accompanied by three crash cymbals, a hi-hat and ride cymbal 'brand name of cymbals unknown'. I could not have selected a better cover design myself. In chapter 5, Greg gives an analysis on all the typical instruments that could be used in a praise band. He elaborates on each instrument¿s distinctives and how they contribute to the overall dynamic. For the most part, I thought Greg did a pretty good job of breaking down all the instruments and their specific roles. Overall, I think Greg¿s book is very good and his book would be very useful for those who want to be involved in praise ministry in any capacity.