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The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services

The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services

by Constance M. Cherry

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Worship professor and practitioner Constance Cherry shows how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers of all ages in the twenty-first century. More than 150 colleges and seminaries have used or currently use the first edition as a required text. In this new edition, each chapter has been substantially updated and revised, including illustrations, key terms, examples, technological references, and suggested resources for further reading. A new chapter on global worship and a new appendix on live-streamed worship are included.

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ISBN-13: 9781540963888
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2021
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Constance M. Cherry (DMin, Northern Seminary) is professor emeritus of worship and pastoral ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, where she taught from 2004-2020, and is a founding faculty member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where she has taught in the Doctor of Worship Studies program since 2000.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Why a Book about Worship Design?
PHASE ONE: Laying the Foundations for Worship
1. Establishing the Foundation: Biblical Worship
2. Setting the Cornerstone: Worship Is Centered in Jesus Christ
PHASE TWO: Raising the Structure for Worship
3. Four Rooms for Encountering God: The Gospel Order of Worship
4. The First Room: The Gathering
5. The Second Room: The Word
6. The Third Room: The Table of the Lord
7. The Third Room: The Alternative Response to the Word
8 The Fourth Room: The Sending
PHASE THREE: Installing Windows for Encountering God
9. Encountering God in Prayer: Capturing the Heart of Worship
10. Encountering God in Music: Singing the Church's Song
11. Encountering God in Music: Offering "Sound" Musical
12. Encountering God in the Christian Year: Remembering the Whole Narrative
PHASE FOUR: Welcoming Worshipers for Authentic Engagement
13. Engaging Style: Expressing Worship in an Authentic Voice
14. Global Worship: Open the Doors and See All the People
15. The Hospitable Worship Leader: Engaging Worshipers as Participants
Appendix A: A Definition of Christian Worship
Appendix B: Ten Basic Steps in Designing Vital Worship
Appendix C: Checklist for Designing Vital Worship
Appendix D: Seven Tips for Engaging with Livestreamed Worship

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