Evangelism and Worship

How can we sing the songs of Zion in a foreign land?

Contemporary Worship for the 21st Century Daniel C. Benedict and Craig Kennet Miller, Discipleship Resources, 1994 and 1998.

For churches planning to ad a new worship service or change the worship experience, this book offers three basic formats of worship. It focuses on helping you identify your congregation's cultural and spiritual needs and developing worship based upon those needs. It includes six examples of worship services and practical guidelines for making transitions from your current serviceto a new one. Recommended by David Schoen, Evangelism Ministry Team Leader.

 

Handbook for Multi-sensory Worship Kim Miller and the Ginghamsburg Church Worship Team, Abingdon Press. 1999.

This is a book of 34 worship services with a multimedia CD. It is very concrete, down to earth, and connects scripture to everyday lives through multimedia, music, drama, and preaching. It is also a sales pitch for material from Ginghamsburg, but it is possible and practical to work without their "extras." Suggestions for music are included. Some scripts are included for drama. The CD includes glimpses of their graphics to give you an idea of what they had in mind. Very usable for any church. Recommended by David Schoen, Evangelism Ministry Team Leader.

 

 

Out On The Edge: A Wake-up Call for Church Leaders On the Edge of the Media Reformation. Edited by Michael Slaughter and the Ginghamsburg Worship Design Team, Abingdon Press, 1998 Book and Windows/Macintosh CD-ROM.

Because reform is a life-and-death matter for the local church—which is blinded by a literal emphasis on printed words instead of joyful experience—Slaughter slices through apathy and resistance toward reaching post-literate unchurched people with the gospel. Slaughter puts forth a credible argument for reaching the unchurched through the sights and sounds of their world: multimedia and contemporary music. While the CD does give an idea of how this works for Ginghamsburg Church, it also aims to sell that church's products. The book is a worthwhile view of what worship can look like. Recommended by David Schoen, Evangelism Ministry Team Leader.

 

 

Starting a Seeker Sensitive Service Ed Dobson, Zondervan Publishing. 1993.

This book explains how traditional churches can have a very contemporary outreach to unchurched seekers—based on the first-hand experience of one pastor and congregation that does it successfully. Dobson explains how to reach the "unchurched" members of a congregation by experimenting with non-traditional forms of service. "Any pastor who is serious about reaching unchurched people should read this terrific book--it's inspiring, practical and challenging."—Lee Strobel, Willow Creek Community Church.

 

 

The Wired Church: Making Media Ministry. Leonard Sweet, Abingdon Press, 1999.

Designed as a "Media ministry for dummies", the Wired Church is the how-to guide for church leaders and technicians for getting started with the use of electronic media in church life. This is the authority on "how to" and "why." Comes with a state-of-the-art interactive CD-ROM.

 

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