Worship at the Next Level: Insights from Contemporary Voices

(Tim Dearborn). Wipf and Stock, 2015.

Worship and worship leadership are the two foci of this collection of essays edited by church leaders and authors Tim Dearborn and Scott Coil. They offer this resource as a way “to encourage the interdisciplinary reflection and creative innovation required for leading contemporary multidimensional worship.” Here, seminary professors and authors explore Christian worship from different vantage points, such as the role of music, liturgy, and media, as well as the dynamics of worship for a congregation and its worship leaders. Basic questions of why Christians worship and what makes Christian worship Christian are discussed. Additionally, the relationship between worship and young people, and the relationship between worship and an ever-changing, post-modern cultural context are addressed. Christian clergy, worship leaders, and musicians who are seeking to offer worshippers “a dynamic encounter with God” will find this resource helpful, whether as a discussion starter, a worship evaluative tool, or for personal learning.