The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church

by Barry W. Liesch. Baker Books, 2001.

'The New Worship' looks at the often emotional subject of contemporary music and worship practices. “Part One: Contemporary Worship Services” explores worship planning, hymns and choruses, ancient worship and its implications for contemporary worshippers, the concept of “free-flowing praise,” and creating dramatic, textual, and visual materials. “Part Two: Pressing Issues” explains worship performance concerns, the dynamics of change, a biblical perspective on resolving tensions, and the musical elements of evangelism, fellowship, and worship. “Part Three: Ministering with Others” discusses volunteer and staff relations, identifying and attracting church musicians, and why seminaries should teach music and worship. Appendices feature an outline of the each chapter’s main points, poll results of church music styles, and computer software information. With extensive endnotes and a thorough list of related works, this book will stimulate and inform church leaders who seek thoughtful conversation on their worship practices and who want to optimize opportunities for implementing change in their churches’ worship practices.