The Complete Worship Service: Creating a Taste of Heaven on Earth  -     By: Kevin J. Navarro
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Baker Books / 2005 / Paperback

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Describing worship as an act of hospitality, Navarro explains how to create an inviting service by anticipating, preparing for, experiencing, and talking about the heavenly banquet of praise. In this follow-up to The Complete Worship Leader, he shares imaginative, practical ideas for sanctuaries of every sort and size. 208 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0801091837
ISBN-13: 9780801091834
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Just as diners visit a fine restaurant anticipating the ambiance and meal to come, so first-time guests and members alike come to church to experience the presence of God. In this follow-up book to The Complete Worship Leader, veteran worship leader and pastor Kevin Navarro helps church leaders create a complete worship service by implementing a four-part pattern of worship: longing for, preparing for, experiencing, and talking about a taste of heaven.

Approaching the worship service as an act of hospitality, Navarro emphasizes clearing away obstacles and communicating the gospel. He shares practical ideas for churches of all kinds and sizes-everything from assisting guests to using the arts to centering the preaching on Christ. Pastors, worship leaders, and church leaders of any denomination and worship style will benefit from this practical guide.

Author Bio

Kevin J. Navarro (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, Colorado and the author of The Complete Worship Leader. As an artist, theologian, and pastor, he has been using his extensive musical and theological background to teach about and lead worship in the local church and in parachurch ministries for over twenty years.

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Kevin J. Navarro
Located in: Centennial, CO
Submitted: December 14, 2005

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the Senior Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Free Church. I am also an adjuct professor at Denver Seminary and Simpson Graduate School teaching classes in Worship and Culture, Planning Worship Services and Corporate Worship.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The church needs to give its community a taste of heaven. Many of our worship services are tame, lame and the same every week. People need some kind of transcendent experience in their week if they are ever going to get ready for heaven. Most importantly, people are longing for the manifest presence of God.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  This book is a follow up book to The Complete Worship Leader although not related in content. In other words, you will get alot out of this book without having ever read the CWL. Whereas the CWL focused on the people who lead us into the presence of God, The Complete Worship Service is about how to create a taste of heaven on earth (what I call the dress rehearsal for the Wedding Banquet at the end of the age). This is a nuts and bolts handbook on how to work with artists, the physical atmosphere, guest care teams, etc.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My source of inspiration for this book was my own Creative Arts Team. They are an amazing group of leaders in music, drama, film, script writing, set design, etc. I have also been inspired by Nancy Beach from Willow Creek. Her endorsement is on this book along with endorsements from Michael Card, Robert Webber, Leith Anderson, Robb Redman, Craig Blomberg, and Sally Morganthaler.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  If you are a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Worship Leader, Artist (music, drama, painting, sculpture, visual arts, film, set design, craftsmanship), Usher, Greeter, or in charge of your Nursery, then this book is for you.

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