Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

Nothing is essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us This book focuses readers on the essentials of God honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root theirNothing is essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us This book focuses readers on the essentials of God honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends Bob Kauflin covers a variety of topics such as the devastating effects of worshiping the wrong things, how to base our worship on God s self revelation rather than our assumptions, the fuel of worship, the community of worship, and the ways that eternity s worship should affect our earthly worship.Appropriate for Christians from varied backgrounds and for various denominations, this book will bring a vital perspective to what readers think they understand about praising God.
Worship Matters Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God Nothing is essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us This book focuses readers on the essentials of God honoring worship combining biblical foundations with practical application i

  • Title: Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God
  • Author: Bob Kauflin Paul Baloche
  • ISBN: 9781581348248
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Most of the readers who will crack open this book will tell you that worship matters, but most of them will not be able to tell you why it matters so much. For this reason, Kauflin sets out to demonstrate the significance of worship and the biblical teaching regarding it. The book is far more than a theology of worship, but is an extremely practical guide to worship. Rather than focusing on the theoretical, Kauflin dwells on the practical and gives many personal illustrations of the challenges o [...]

    2. Worship Matters is much more than a handbook for worship leaders or a musical position statement. Kauflin delves into the theology of worship and explores the ways in which that theology should drive decisions made in both a corporate and personal worship context. This book challenged me to think about the why's behind the worship activities we partake in every week, and far from being a defense of a particular application of music in worship, Kauflin instead encourages all worshipers to draw th [...]

    3. Excellent book on what it means to be a worship leader in the church. I appreciate Kauflin's emphasis on worship as a way of life and thus the need for personal holiness in a worship leader. Throughout the book, he balances theological/philosophical comments with practical tips. The chapters about "healthy tensions" were very helpful.

    4. When I was first given this book just over a year ago by our song leader, I wasn't too enthused. It appeared to be a stuffy, boring treatise on using music in a church to worship God. I couldn't have been further from the truth!This book is an excellent read and one that has greatly enriched me in several ways. As a Christian, it helped me to see that worship is not just during the music service. As a pastor, it has helped me see the different dynamics that go into planning and preparing a servi [...]

    5. I am not a worship leader. I'm a pastor. No, wait - that makes me a worship leader, just not in the realm of music. That's an important distinction to make, and one which Bob Kauflin makes in this valuable book: "Anyone who encourages others to praise God can be referred to as a 'worship leader.' Worship can involve music, but it can happen without it as well." Careful thinking like that make this book a treasure-trove of biblical wisdom and practical insight on worship.Kauflin unpacks what a wo [...]

    6. Some reviews of this book amount to little more than, 'It was too long.' And, I would agree with those, if this book wasn't so cleverly structured and set out, with easily navigated sections, chapter headings, and subheadings. Kauflin demonstrates an immense amount of practical experience, musical expertise, careful theological application, Spirit given wisdom, and an understanding of both team dynamics and leadership roles in the local church. This book would benefit anyone involved in worship, [...]

    7. This is an excellent book for anyone who desires to think more about corporate worship. While more needs to be said on this subject, this is a wonderful place to start. We need more guys like Kauflin, guys who are gifted musically and have a passion for deep theology. One of the great things about this book is that it can be used by various groups of people who are similar in theology, but whose congregational services may look different. In this sense then this book provides a great foundation. [...]

    8. This is an excellent book that focuses around leading the singing portion of a church service. The first two sections of the book (The Leader and The Task) are excellent but somewhat slow going at times due to the extremely theoretical nature to them (although Bob mixes many personal stories and experiences into these sections). The next two sections (Healthy Tensions and Right Relationships) are much more applicational. I would recommend this book to anyone who takes part in leading singing or [...]

    9. This is the second of Bob's books that I've read. His thirty plus years of full time experience as a worship leader definitely comes through here, and the book is littered with practical examples of how to improve our individual and collective worship as the Body of Christ. This goes far beyond singing, but includes every moment of our lives. For my friends who are worship leaders or musicians such as I, this book is worth the time

    10. What a breakthrough book in this area. Bob Kauflin is equally solid as he discusses both the biblical basis for worship/music and the practical musical issues. As a long time worship leader, this is the book I enthusiastically recommend on the topic - get it and read it.

    11. This is an excellent book whose primary focus is on worship in song, and the one leading it. I do not completely agree with a few of his conclusions, but for the most part I think every Christian--especially church leaders--should read this book.

    12. Awesome-highly recommended for anyone involved in worship ministry-really practical and yet also challenges you to have the right heart n motivation and reminds you where to keep the focus!

    13. This was a humble and immensely practical book for anyone in leadership. The target audience is those who are in the worship and arts ministries of the church.

    14. A good book–and very easy to read–to challenge your thinking on corporate worship (in particular the music and singing although he does discuss other elements of a corporate worship service) regardless of your convictions on how corporate worship should be done. While he is more 'charismatic' in his preference on how to lead a service, all of his ideas and practices are well reasoned and he clearly has a genuine desire to make sure what he does on a Sunday is done to glorify God and not done [...]

    15. This book is a great book on leading worship. Whether you've been leading for a long time or are just starting out, this book has a lot of Biblical insight, personal experience, and deep wisdom. He starts off the book by giving a practical definition of the role of the worship (in the context of the church on Sunday mornings) leader as "A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Skillfully combining God's word with music, thereb [...]

    16. If you follow Bob Kauflin's < a href="worshipmatters/"&, you know that his routine of answering people's questions about church music ministry is done very deliberately. He doesn't rant. He encourages right relationships first. He emphasizes biblical principles, and in the end he'll get around to answering the question, an answer that usually seems more obvious once he cuts to the heart of the issue, and what is really important. It is no surprise then to see his book written in the same [...]

    17. The heart of the book unpacks Kauflin's thesis concerning the task of a worship leader: "A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit 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." This is an excellent statement that would serve well in any good church music ministry. Overall, Kauflin does a good job in expounding eac [...]

    18. This book brilliantly explains the role of worship in the corporate church will emphasizing the true importance of worship as a personal lifestyle. I would advise this book to pretty much anyone, especially if you lead or are a part of a worship team. The grounded and theological approach this book takes to studying and discussing worship challenges many modern views on the "worship experience".

    19. I wish I would have read this book a few years ago. When I took the role of "Worship Director" at my church, I admit that I had little idea of what I was stepping into. This book has impacted how I view worship as a whole, how I view my job, how I view my pastor, and how I view my church. I am grateful for the wisdom and truth that Mr. Kauflin has poured into my life through this book.

    20. I loved it!It has really shaped my mind in understanding the concept and life of Worship. Christ is the center. And it's also very practical! It has a lot of principles you can extract to apply to your Christian life. Bob Kauflin is a godly man who loves the Lord and this love permeates his whole book.I'm definitely coming back to it.

    21. Very practical for novice worship leaders who seek to know the ins and outs of a well-functioning, God-glorifying music team, as well as more experienced leaders who'd like to be reminded the basics and more.

    22. Best foundation for why we worship I have read. It was what I based our church's theology of worship off of.

    23. Fantastic OverviewsExcellent foundation. Great annotated bibliography. Every worship leader at any age should be familiar with this material. I recommend this highly.

    24. Great book for every pastor and worship leaderPaul Baloche does a great job describing the role of the worship leader and also the theology worship as it relates to the church. This is a must read for every worship leader and pastor who is serious about taking the worship service to the next level.

    25. A thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of the character and contours of biblical worship. Full of valuable insight, delivered winsomly. Excellent.

    26. I remember meeting Bob at the Resolved conference in Palm Springs,CA. I appreciated both his songwriting and worship leading abilities so I was very eager to meet him and glean wisdom from his experiences and advice. When I got to meet him I asked him how he would go about writing a song that contained both depth and simplicity. Deep theological affirmations without the archaic phrasing. Melodic and modern yet rooted in the truths of many of our traditional hymns which stood the test of time. He [...]

    27. As a worship leader, I found many things insightful and now have many new ideas to consider. Tons of wisdom and much experience is offered in this book. Kauflin has a humble heart and truly wants to see God glorified over all. I will definitely use this as a reference for the many topics covered. Things I would critique: The book was very long, and most chapters were either repeating themselves, quoting the same Scriptures from previous chapters, or were comprised of needless tangents. I think t [...]

    28. This book was a pleasure to read. To learn about Bob Kauflin's experience is beyond helpful for someone who is being thrust into a Worship Leader role. While I don't agree with everything said here, I learned from everything said here. I was challenged on many parts of this book, particular in the first and last sections.My only caution is the charismatic theological background. One of the issues I had was the encouragement of the congregation to be more emotive during worship so that it is auth [...]

    29. This book was an insightful, engaging, and Biblical work of art. Bob Kauflin is funny, knowledgeable and talented at what he does. This is a jam-packed book filled with a wealth of information. It is a resource that I will go back to when questions arise in the future. It is written to both women and men, and pastors, leaders and lay people who serve in the music ministry of their local Church. Bob covers the spectrum of the ministry; from leadership skills to music tasks, to relationships. He i [...]

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