No matter how great Sunday's worship service was, there's always another Sunday lurking at the end of the next week that must be planned. Church leaders often fall into ruts, working on automatic pilot just trying to get things together, which does not allow for much creativity or focus on designing services that lead to transformation for those involved in them.
Engage is a step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning worship services that allow for and foster true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Prior to moving to New York, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
I have had the privilege of experiencing both a service at Journey Church and an up-close view of the vital relationship between Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley. These two guys model a strong pastor/worship arts leader connection that is deeply respectful, mutually supportive, and practical in its day-to-day systems. Most importantly, Nelson and Jason are driven to create church services that result in life transformation. I highly recommend this book as a tool for all of us who are passionate about creating life-changing hours on Sunday mornings week after week.
Champion for the Arts, Willow Creek Association
Jason Hatley is a trusted voice in the worship community, and also has an incredible God-given gift for mentoring worship leaders. His insights are very helpful as they come from a proven track record and a pure desire to worship God fully.
Pastor of Worship, Saddleback Church