BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Worship
The Art of Worship
by Greg Scheer – published in 2006 by Baker Books.
From the start, Scheer addresses a view of contemporary worship music that many churches believe. He surprisingly insists that “contemporary worship music will not revitalize my church.” He later explains: “the goal of worship is not to have cutting-edge worship; it is to have engaging worship that gives the people a voice in their praise of God.”
From that controversial but insightful start, Scheer continues with tips and advice for worship leaders working mainly within the contemporary setting:
How to best approach the changing of your worship service
The how-to’s of piecing together a worship team
Room acoustics, sound systems, projectors, copyright licensing and funds
Building a balanced repertoire of songs
Planning the service: different structures of worship
Musical techniques: modulation, harmonies, instruments, etc.
Leading a worship practice.
Worship leading styles.
Final thought: this is a GREAT resource for those just starting out as well as experienced, seasoned leaders.