Growing Your Understanding of Worship

Recently I have been talking about ways to grow your ministry, beginning with last week’s Six Steps for Taking Your Worship Ministry to the Next Level and then continuing with What Is a Win for Your Ministry?  Today I want to focus on resources you can use as you study worship.

Leaders learn.  Study and reading set the true leader apart from the poser.

For a long time I read very little outside of what was required to do my job.  These were a few of my excuses:

  • I had too many urgent things on my to-do list
  • I was too tired in the evening to think
  • I was too tired in the morning to think
  • I had too many family obligations

Not that I don’t like to read.  I have always enjoyed reading.  Reading, and learning in particular, had just slid down to the bottom of my scale of importance.  Reading takes time and focus, and time and focus only come with intentionality.

In the last year I have been reading a lot more, and here are a few reasons why:

  • I am prioritizing learning
  • I am watching fewer movies
  • I have begun using audio books through Audible so that I can listen when I am driving or when my eyes are tired

Studying Worship

If you are ready to engage your mind more consistently through reading, then you are ready to grow your ministry.  Growth will not come without learning.

Here are a few resources to consider:

Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven, by Rory Noland
Rory walks us through practical steps on how to worship personally and corporately and why this is important.  Contains helpful discussion points.  Useful as a small group study.

The Dialogue of Worship, by Gary A. Furr and Milburn Price
Furr and Price explore ways of “creating space for revelation and response” within the worship service.  An in-depth discussion of the dialogue between God and community and within the community itself.  For personal study.

The Way of a Worshipper, by Buddy Owens
This concise book is an easily read and absorbed study of worship as a response to God’s mercy.  Useful for small group study.  I also use this book as devotional material for rehearsals.

The Unquenchable Worshipper, by Matt Redman
Now over 10 years old this small volume is a “a passionate call for a return to an unadulterated, first-love lifestyle of worship.”  Useful for small group study.  I also use this book as devotional material for rehearsals.

The Heart of the Artist, by Rory Noland
Rory’s classic work has been the basis of studies for worship artists around the country.  “The Heart of the Artist deals head-on with issues every person in an arts ministry faces.”  Excellent discussion questions.  Useful for artist small group study.

The Wonder of Worship, by Ronald B. Allen
Allen’s book covers theological issues surrounding worship in a winsome and easy to read manner, and then follows those discussions up with an extension section dedicated to practical concerns of worship leadership.  Excellent for personal study.

What books have helped you in your study of worship?

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