Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations

by Dan Kimball. Zondervan, 2004.

Pastor and author Dan Kimball responds with theory and practices to counter the “restlessness” he sees amongst eighteen to thirty-five-year-olds in relationship to the church, including its practice of worship. Worship, says Kimball, is not a service but a “gathering,” “offering,” and a “lifestyle.” And, to the surprise of many, Kimball says that worship has “little to do with singing and music,” so neither is discussed much here. Kimball adheres to a “multi-sensory” and “participatory” worship gathering that is “more holistic and biblical.” Kimball shines a bright light on the church and offers readers alternative ways of thinking and doing, covering topics such as worship elements, prayer, mission, youth pastors, and leadership. Any Christian congregation interested in expanding its view of what it means to be church in the twenty-first century will find many helps and hints in this must-read for clergy and lay leaders from all traditions.