Is the purpose of worship muddled at your church? Are you wrestling with issues of style and content with those in your congregation? Pastor Dan Boone has dealt with these same issues and wants to offer the wisdom and insight he has found. He contends that worship must have a story and lead in a direction. Let him guide you through the five "acts" of the great drama of worship. Following this model, you will see, as he has, that "Style divides. Story makes us one." Included are models of sample series you can use to lead your people into a greater understanding of the purpose of worship and the God we serve.
Dan Boone is currently the president of Trevecca Nazarene University. He has served as a pastor in churches for over 30 years in Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi.
Many churches today are caught in the worship war. Services are split into styles--contemporary, traditional, liturgical. Discussions and sometimes arguments arise over whether or not to have a pulpit, use drums, sing hymns, or use movie clips for illustration. These varying styles and preferences have caused many to change churches or even skip worship all together. This division of the Body of Christ is a cause for great concern and is jeopardizing the true meaning of worship for future generations.In The Worship Plot, Dan Boone exposes the distorted motives of battling over worship styles. Instead, he attests we should strive to combine our diversity to celebrate our common story. Boone explains that worship is not about personal preference or platform performance. Worship flows from the heart of God through His Son and His Spirit. Worship invites us to step into this flowing stream of celebration, thanksgiving, and love--a stream that connects us to God and to each other. Boone encourages churches to use the differences of their people to tell and celebrate the story God has plotted for us--the unifying story of the love of Christ. He affirms that when we move through worship together, through specific stages that have been plotted out to follow, we can go out with blessing and boldness, empowered by grace--ready to serve the people of the world and share with them God’s amazing story.
Dan Boone is president of Trevecca Nazarene University. He received a master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. Dan is a popular speaker in the Nazarene denomination; he has taught classes at Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary; has instructed for the Salvation Army; and pastored churches in Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He and his wife, Denise, live in Nashville, Tennessee.Boone blogs at www.DanBoone.me.
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