Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God  -     By: Bob Kauflin
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Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

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Learn to root your corporate worship in unchanging biblical principles rather than divisive trends. Kauflin's practical guide focuses on the devastating effects of worshiping the wrong things; basing praise on God's self-revelation rather than our assumptions; managing healthy tensions; and maintaining relationships in the worshiping community. Includes a special word for pastors and leaders. 256 pages, softcover from Crossway.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 158134824X
ISBN-13: 9781581348248

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Publisher's Description

Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, Kauflin guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.

Author Bio

Bob Kauflin is a pastor, songwriter, worship leader, and author with over thirty-five years experience. After pastoring for 12 years, he became director of Sovereign Grace Music in 1997. He oversees the production of their albums and teaches on congregational worship through WorshipGod conferences, seminars, and his blog, worshipmatters.com. He is currently an elder at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.


What does a worship leader do? Does the leader make a difference? Why do we sing? What kind of music should we use? Will leading a congregation in song have eternal significance? These are questions that Bob Kaulfin endeavors to address in Worship Matters.

This book contains the practical elements of the responsibilities of a worship leader and explores the biblical principles of that role as well. The opening chapters deal with the heart issues of the worship leader. What are the things that the leader loves, believes, practices, and models? Kauflin then defines the faithful worship leader as one who “...magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory” (p. 55). He then unpacks this definition, giving us a strong biblical backbone to the role and calling of a worship leader.

Kauflin brings some fresh and thought-provoking perspectives to subjects that are often debated in our churches today in a section called, “Healthy Tensions.” He asks, “Is worship vertical or horizontal? Planned or spontaneous? Rooted or relevant? For the church or unbelievers?" His discussions are balanced and biblical.

The final part of the book looks at the importance of right relationships within your church, worship team, and pastoral staff. And for pastors, a helpful look at what to look for when searching for a worship leader for your church body.

Kauflin writes in an engaging style that makes this a smooth read. He uses anecdotes drawn from his 20-plus years of ministry to illustrate his points. He always draws the reader’s attention to the Scriptures as the only foundation for a solid, effective worship ministry that has eternal significance.

I loved this book and am recommending it to all those serving with me in our worship ministry. And although this book is geared toward leadership, it would be a valuable tool in the hands of anyone wanting to understand the biblical philosophy of worship and the role of music in our lives. -- Pastor Danny Bonsell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    This book taught me a lot of lessons about how I lead the worship team and as a worshipper. I am on the first chapters and enjoying and learning every bit of it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 15, 2012
    WOW!!!!! Every pastor, worship leader and Christian can benefit from this book. Insightful and most certainly a revelation of what true worship is all about...better said: Who true worship is all about. I would say the best book I have read on worship...5 stars is not enough!
  3. Elkton, MD
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must read for any worship leader.
    January 6, 2012
    Lady Di
    Elkton, MD
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    Gender: female
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    This is the third copy of Worship Matters I have purchased. It's so good I had to give some copies away. I believe every worship leader, worship team member, and Pastor should read this. I am re-reading it now!
  4. Yakima, WA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely the book I was looking for
    January 5, 2011
    Yakima, WA
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    Gender: male
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    I've been in ministry for over 12 years and this book does a great job describing the role of a Worship Leader. I value the emphases right at the start on how important it is for the Worship Leader to have their heart in the right place before even attempting to lead others. The spiritual attention as well as the practical insight is very helpful. Will definitely return to the book often for follow-up study.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2009
    Peter Lytch
    I have not yet finished reading this book, but despite that fact I can say that this is an outstanding read. As a music minister, I have a constant desire to draw from the wisdom of others so that I might more effectively minister and praise the living God. This book has so much insight and biblically based information that I will be reading it over and over for months to come. Awesome!
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