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The Art of Worship: A Musician's Guide to Leading Modern Worship    by Greg Scheer order for
Art of Worship
by Greg Scheer
Order:  USA  Can
Baker Books, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Worship styles and church services have changed dramatically over the past few years. More and more churches are at least offering a contemporary style worship service, and others have completely switched over to a contemporary format. The Art of Worship, a comprehensive guide to finding the right style and mix of worship for your church, provides basic information on how to implement contemporary music and worship.

The author begins by talking about assessing a church's situation - the congregation, resources, leadership and motives. Then he addresses dealing with the logistical details of whatever changes are going to occur. The next chapters focus on the worship team itself - assembling the team, coming up with a repertoire of music and how to introduce new music. Other chapters feature planning and structuring the worship service, the roles and responsibilities of everyone on the worship team, rehearsal, leading, and how to incorporate hymns in a contemporary context.

My husband, who is the drummer on our church worship team, read this book along with me, and was pleased at how much practical information it provided. We shared it with our pastor, who also found a wealth of helpful ideas to implement in our own church. The author doesn't just throw a bunch of information out, but includes pages of how to and spiritual guidance. It is helpful for everyone involved with worship - from the trained pastor to the lay worship leader.

I highly recommend The Art of Worship for anyone who participates in or has influence over their church worship service. It is like having a book of conference notes right at your fingertips.

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