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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Selected Bibliography for Worship and Music Ministry

Last week I taught at Worship Week at the Ridgecrest Conference Center and shared a selected bibliography for worship and music ministry resources that I believe will be helpful for all. They are listed below.


Bartley, James W. Worship That Pleases God: Biblical Perspectives. Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria: Baal   Hamon Publishers, 2008.

Best, Harold M. Music Through the Eyes of Faith. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Christian College Coalition for Enduring Values, 1993.

Clark Jr., Paul B. Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace: Worship Renewal through Congregational     Singing. Crossbooks, a division of LifeWay, 2010.

Dawn, Marva J. Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-     Century Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995.

Eskew, Harry and Hugh T. McElrath. Sing with Understanding. 2nd ed. Nashville, TN: Broadman, 1996

Harland, Mike. Seven Words of Worship: The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God. B & H         Publishing, Nashville, 2008.

Henderson, Daniel. Transforming Prayer: Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face.             Minneapolis, MN: 2011.

Iorg, Jeff. Is God Calling Me? Answering the Question Every Leader Believer Asks. B &; H Publishing  Group, 2008.
Liesch, Barry. The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church. Baker Books, 1996.

Kauflin, Bob. Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. Wheaton,  IL: Crossway Books, 2008.

Mitchell, Robert H. I Don–út Like That Music. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, 1993.

________. Ministry and Music. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1978.

Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories, Nelson

Music, David W and Milburn Price and William Reynolds. A Survey of Christian Hymnody. 5th ed.  Rev. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Co., 1999.

Noland, Rory. The Heart of the Artist. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999.

Owens, Ron with Jan McMurray. Return to Worship: A God-Centered Approach. (Nashville: Broadman   and Holman Publishers, 1999.

Peterson, David. Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity  Press, 1992.

Pass, David B. Music and the Church: A Theology of Church Music. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1989.

Segler, Franklin M. and Randall Bradley. Christian Worship: Its Theology and Practice, 3rd ed., Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2006.

Steele, Ed. Worship HeartCries: Personal Preparation for Corporate Worship. New Orleans: Worship   HeartCries Ministries, 2012.

Stewart, Sonja M. and Jerome W. Berryman. Young Children and Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989.

Towns, Elmer. Putting an End to Worship Wars (Nashville, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1997.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Real Worship: It will Transform Your Life. Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson, 1986.

William, William H. and Robert L. Wilson. Preaching and Worship in the Small Church. Nashville, TN:   Abingdon, 1980.

York, Terry W. America's Worship Wars. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003.

York, Terry and C. David Bolin. The Voice of Our Congregation: Seeking and Celebrating God's Song  for Us. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Worship &; Music Ministry
Barfoot, Phil. The Ultimate Idea Book for Music Ministry!: Volumes 1 & 2 ,104 Great Ideas from 150  Outstanding Music Ministries.

Bradley, Randall. From Postlude to Prelude: Music Ministry's Other Six Days. St. Louis, MO: Morning   Star Publishers, 2004.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, [The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has an exceptional website for locating resources addressing worship leadership, planning and renewal. Articles, audio files, bibliographies and numerous resources relevant to traditions across the Christian spectrum are here. Special attention is given to collaborative approaches to worship celebration and incorporating the arts actively in worship. Workshops and courses offered through the Institute are noted, as well as complete information on their annual Symposium on Worship and the Arts. Grant opportunities for projects oriented toward renewing worship are also included.]

Clark Jr., Paul B. Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace: Worship Renewal through Congregational Singing. Crossbooks, a division of LifeWay, 2010.

Eason, Tim. Media Ministry Made Easy: A Practical Guide to Visual Communication. Nashville:
Abingdon Press, 2003. With DVD.

Eiche, Jon F. Guide to Sound Systems for Worship. Buena Park, CA: Yamaha, 1990.

Gibson, Bill. The Ultimate Church Sound Operator's Handbook. Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide.
Indianapolis: Hal Leonard, 2007.

Herring, Brad. Sound, Lighting and Video: A Resource for Worship. Focal Press, 2009.

Hughes, Kent and Barbara Hughes. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. Crossway Books & Bibles, 2008.

Klassen, Ron, and John Koessler. No Little Places: The Untapped Potential of the Small-Town Church

Noland, Rory. Worship on Earth As It Is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline. Grand Rapdis: Zondervan Publishing Company, 2011.

Prentice, David A. Loaves and Fishes: Worship Team Training. Transforming Small Church Resources into Quality Music Ministry. Baltimore: Publish in America, 2007.

Scazzero, Peter. The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes   Lives. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.

Shelley, Marshall. Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering to Problem People in the Church. Bethany     House, 1994.

Wallace, Robin Knowles. Worshiping in the Small Membership Church. Abingdon Press, 2008.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Released: Worship HeartCries: Personal Preparation for Corporate Worship!

I am grateful to announce the release of Worship HeartCries: Personal Preparation for Corporate Worship, a new ebook from Worship HeartCries Ministries.The seeds for Worship HeartCries were planted years ago as I sat in a seminary class under Dr. T. W. Hunt.  The Spirit of God used him to light a fire about worship in my heart that has been burning ever since.

Now, after teaching about worship for twenty years in Latin America as a missionary and over ten years  as a Seminary Professor, I am convinced there is a greater desire now to worship God than I have seen in years past. As great as the desire is, there seems to be more confusion as to what biblical worship is and even more confusion about what it looks like when we do it.

If information alone could transform our worship, then we should have long since seen a revolution in our church services. But information is only part of the solution. Learning how to apply what we know may be the biggest challenge we face.

One of the key issues is not so much the amount of content available about worship, but how to worship. My sincere desire is to help push back all the preconceived notions and give some practical helps as we gather together for corporate worship.

Regardless of who may be on the platform, only God’s Spirit can transform those moments together into what may be called “worship,” and there are some definite things that the Body must do so that worship may occur. What are they? That’s the heart of this book.

Available in formats for Kindle, Nook, PDF,