The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services


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by Constance M. Cherry. Baker Academic, 2010.

With worship being so divergent nowadays, it is problematic for one resource to be useful in multiple contexts. This book is an exception. The author, a worship professor and practitioner, applies an architect metaphor to the task of planning worship. She describes various elements of worship; some aspects are load-bearing walls, others doors, some parts of worship are like windows. The load-bearing elements are aspects of the order of worship from gathering to the sending. The doors include activities like prayer, music and the experience of encountering God in the Christian Year. With each element of this house of worship, the author asserts theological foundations, as well as an abundance of sturdy ideas acting as doorways into real-world applications. The sections on congregational song and worship style are particularly strong. An Appendix includes a checklist for designing worship. The checklist is a practical tool for a worship team to use for evaluation of worship. For example, “Does the service foster a sense of awe?” Or “Are there sufficient periods of silence to listen to God speak?”

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