Within the broad range of Christianity we find diverse understandings of what makes for “good worship.” The Purpose, Pattern, and Character of Worship develops a typology of Christian worship to provide a method of assessing the decisions of congregations and leaders in forming and changing the orders of their worship.
Among contemporary western Protestants, we identify at least six discrete characteristics of worship:
-the Sunday School,
-the Aesthetic Revival,
-the Pentecostal/holiness movement,
-the Prayer Meeting,
-the twentieth-century Catholic Liturgical Renewal.
These patterns define contemporary expression as:
-House Church Worship,
-Word and Table Worship.
Absent an overall authority for the structure of worship (such as the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer), many Protestant congregations have developed a “conflation of patterns,” which often creates incoherent worship. This book helps leaders define the purpose, character, and pattern of their community’s worship.
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Table of Contents
1 Worship Today: What's Going on Here? 1
2 Six Character Types of Protestant Worship 17
3 Worship as Motivational Technology: The Revival 37
4 Worship as Education: The Sunday School 67
5 Worship, Art, and Social Class: Aesthetic Worship 99
6 Spiritual Power and Carnal Ecstasy: Pentecostal Worship 129
7 Democratic Worship: The Prayer Meeting 155
8 The Catholic Model: Liturgical Ordo and Deep Traditions 181
9 Conflated Worship: Coherence and Incoherence in Liturgical Order 209
10 Worship Patterns Online 237
Conclusion: Good Worship? 249