Worship Essentials: Growing a Healthy Worship Ministry Without Starting a War!Mike HarlandB&H Books / 2018 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Tought-provoking points for those involved in music within the churchApril 5, 2019The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Because I'm involved in the worship ministry at our church, I was curious as to what advice author Mike Harland might offer in his bookWorship Essentials. Especially when the title is followed by "growing a healthy worship ministry without starting a war".Some might scratch their heads at this, but music can be a sensitive subject. It can be very personal. What songs I might enjoy, you might not care for. Or ones that you prefer, I might be bored with. Moreover, those of a different generation might feel anxiety with the introduction of newer worship songs. How can I, as part of the music ministry, find a healthy balance that will help lead every single one of us into a heart of worship?Mike Harland offers encouragement along with some helpful advice. His personal stories let the reader know we are not alone. This is a common struggle in churches. It took many years and some harsh criticism before the songs I'd introduced were accepted. "We've never done it that way before." Or "this isn't like the hymns we used to sing". And while I find hymns are still an important source for us to continue using, I also believe there are many contemporary songs that work equally as well to share the Gospel and speak to our hearts. As worship leaders, our purpose is to bring our church, as a whole, into a heart of not only worship but subsequently service. Without the former, we won't ever reach the later. As serious leaders of music, we need to commit to studying, obeying and teaching the Word through our ministry. Otherwise, what's the point.Worship Essentials gives thought-provoking points for those involved in music within the church. I received a complimentary copy through B&H Publishing Group. The honest opinions in this review are my own.
Academy2525 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic resource... very needed!March 23, 2019Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My husband has been a minister/pastor for about 36 years. He has led music, youth and been an assistant and senior pastor in that time. This book jumped into my hands well, not literally, but I could not pass this one up. We have been watching churches fight over music for several decades. The bickering has sickened us as it has pulled the focus away from Jesus and toward people's preferences instead. Many churches have encouraged it's members to become more "me centered" without even realizing what they have done. It's time to set the church on a healthier path. This book is the best attempt I have seen on this topic to date.
Mike Harland comes from a music ministry background. He lays out four sections (in 10 chapters) to help us bring the church's focus back to what is important. He begins by telling his story and stories he has encountered during his time in ministry.
He encourages scriptural based worship songs of both the hymn and praise chorus variety. The key here is SCRIPTURAL! No false doctrine allowed (I immediately think of some songs I have heard recently from contemporary Christian radio. There is a slew of bad doctrine out there be discerning people!).
His second section talks about making true disciples with the music we sing. The sermon is not the only part of worship that should teach, encourage, and give good solid disciple making doctrine. Truth and melody should work together to shape our worship. He is also very encouraging of those who create as well as those who teach. God's people should be creating new music. It is not limited to the time of David or to hymn writers of 100+ years ago. God's people should be creative as their Creator is since we were made in His image.
The third section addresses a concern I have had for many years. Harland tells us we should not be segregating our congregation. We should be worshiping together all generations in one worship experience. We should ALL be worshiping! Worship was not designed to be a spectator sport. The people leading worship should not be treated as performers. This is a huge trend that is dangerous.
The last section pushes us forward and gives us very practical application to combat the Enemy's attacks on our worship both corporate and personal.
If you are in ministry of any kind you should read this one. If you are in a congregation as a non-ministry related member you should read this. If you are a part of worship in any way. this book will encourage and inspire you to worship in spirit and truth!
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5WorshipJanuary 15, 2019gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2WORSHIP ESSENTIALS
Growing A Healthy Worship Ministry without Starting a War
By Mike Harland
The author states in his introduction of the book that; "Worship Essentials is an exploration of four necessary values for any church that hopes to have a healthy worship ministry." These four values are;
1. Tell the Story,
2. Make True Disciples,
3. Engage the Body
4. Aspire with Purpose.
The author tell how these four values can be used to help improve worship. The main thing that he talks able is the music used in the service and how some churches are moving from the hymnals to modern day Christian music. How using different musical instruments in the service can cause many problems in the congregation. He covers the problem that may come up and how sometimes it can be a war that should not be fought. He shares stories from his ministry and from others in hope that those experiences will help others overcome these problems.
He states in the book, "It's is time to stop the conflicts around worship that disrupt and distracts the churches. It's time to call off the fighting over music styles and ministry approaches in music."
I received this book free from BH Publishing Group/Lifeway Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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