Our churches exist in order to glorify God and to share God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Thus, worship is at the center of the congregation's life. And improvements in worship tend to spur improvements in the church's other ministries. When a church's worship is not vital, what happens to that church? Church leaders and laity know too well the dismal answer to that question.
In Overflow, Lovett Weems and Tom Berlin share research-based insights and tactical ideas that result in improved worship attendance and in fruitful congregations. The authors identify practices that lead to increased attendance. They offer clear instruction, showing church leaders the areas where we must pay attention throughout the year, and demonstrating new ways to approach worship planning. Weems and Berlin present church leaders with another resource that is at once foundational and practical, convicting and accessible. Church leaders yearn to see more people worshipping God; Overflow provides encouragement and equipping to bear such fruit.
Lovett H. Weems Jr. is distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at WesleyTheological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He came to this position in 2003 after 18 years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Weems is a graduate of Millsaps College; Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; and Wesley Theological Seminary. The author of several books published by Abingdon Press, his most recent includes Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results (with Tom Berlin) and a revised edition of his classic, Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity. He co-edits the online newsletter Leading Ideas, available free at ChurchLeadership.com.
Tom Berlin is Senior Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Tom is author of Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More, 6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life, 6 Things We Should Know About God, and 6 Ways We Encounter God. He is coauthor (with Lovett Weems) of Bearing Fruit: Ministry with Real Results; Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit; and High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader.
Overflow is both teaching text and helpful workbook, providing theological grounding and practical tools for clergy and laity who plan, lead and assess worship. Worship matters! Tom Berline and Lovett Weems help us to tend the heart and soul of the church, that worshipful space where souls are embraced and awakened by God.
-Bishop Hope Morgan Ward,
North Carolina Conference (United Methodist Church)
Perhaps you have wondered what could be done about the empty spaces in church. Or perhaps you have prayed that God would fill up your worship with praise and people. Weems and Berlin have addressed the dream of "overflow" by providing analysis, specific ideas, and creative thinking. You will be inspried to look differently at growth in worship. Weems and Berline state, "Worship is powerful.... In ways small and large, worship is key to the transformation of the world." This book provides the dream and the plan for overflow in our houses of worship.