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A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go
This book focuses on worship renewal by examining faithful worship and how history shapes worship practices.
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New Songs of Celebration Render: Congregational Song in the Twenty-First Century
This church hymnody resource identifies, describes, and discusses seven categories of Christian music since Vatican II, going in depth to explore characteristics and histories of each.
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Worship at the Next Level: Insights from Contemporary Voices
This collection of essays explores Christian worship from different vantage points, such as the role of music, liturgy, media, and dynamics of worship.
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The Emergent Psalter
Designed to serve the musical and liturgical needs of emergent communities of faith, this resource applies psalm singing to a contemporary setting.
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From A Mustard Seed: Enlivening Worship and Music in the Small Church
Designed for small membership Christian congregations, this resource explores new ways churches can share God's vision through mission and worship.
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A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship: How to Begin and Lead Band-Based Worship
This book combines theology and practical instruction to start or improve a contemporary worship service.
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Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional
This resource assesses both traditional Evangelical and emerging Evangelical perspectives to offer a solution to their differences that requires trust and dialogue.
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Curating Worship
This resource explores curated worship as an innovative approach to the worship experience, where the designer gathers elements, provides a context, and allows others to engage in imaginative thinking.
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Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform
This resource identifies and describes the seven goals of missional preaching.
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Sermon Seeds
This free "sermon preparation resource” features commentary on at least one of the assigned texts from the Revised Common Lectionary every week. Written primarily by pastor and theologian, Kathryn Matthews Huey, these reflections synthesize her own scholarship and pastoral insights with those of a variety of other commentators.
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12 Preaching Tips I Learned from Haddon Robinson
This resource offers a bite-sized tutorial on expository preaching.
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Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture
This resource describes three genres found in the Bible and explains how to shape a sermon that honors each one's particular voice.

Worship Resources

There's a lot that goes hand-in-hand with running a successful congregation. To help members and visitors and attendees stay active, it can be helpful to provide inspiring and regular worship opportunities. During their education, religious leaders learn how to effectively run a worship session. At the same time, though, they may feel as if they are using the same materials over and over again, and so they begin looking for ways in which they can increase the diversity of their worship sessions - and oftentimes, these ways can be found by looking into worship resources.

Of course, there are all kinds of valuable worship resources out there. In choosing one, however, religious leaders may want to consider the nature of their congregation, their own worship style, and the various options available to them. A worship resource that works wonderfully for one group might not be the best worship resource for another group, after all. For example, some religious leaders might be comfortable reading a book on worship sessions. That way, they can learn more about religious texts, look at them in a different way, and use them to help form the foundation of a new sermon. Meanwhile, some religious leaders might do better by attending other worship sessions in-person. Then, they will be able to learn more about the worship styles of other religious leaders, which they very well may be able to use and tailor to improve their own worship style.

When religious leaders are looking at worship resources, one thing they can do to help ensure success is to keep their goals in mind. The goals of any worship session may include helping members of the congregation to explore their own spirituality, communicate with a higher power, find peace with their own soul, and discern ways to help the wider community and the world. The more engaging the worship session is, the more members of the congregation are going to participate. When people feel more engaged in the worship session, they are more likely to return for more worship sessions in the future. Therefore, inspiring worship sessions can help foster great growth in a congregation.

Call To Worship Resources

To have an effective worship session, the first step is to have an effective call to worship. For religious leaders who might be wondering how they can form an attractive call to worship, they may want to look at the opening line of a book. Remember that when someone is writing a book, they want to be able to hook their audience as quickly as possible. And in a similar fashion, your opening can also be enhanced to hook members of your congregation as quickly as possible.

There are a number of major challenges religious leaders face when trying to orchestrate a call to worship, one of them being religious leaders having trouble connecting with a younger audience. To that end, it might be a good idea to check out some resources on running a contemporary call to worship. For instance, a lot of groups have moved away from traditional Latin masses, and have begun using music bands to call people to worship. This is no less “religious” in nature than a traditional call to worship sessions; however, it can greatly help congregations reach out to a younger audience.

Of course, the foundation of running an effective call to worship is always going to focus on the content of the sermon. For example, an easy way to orchestrate a call to worship session is to use an opening line from a religious text that has something to do with the topic of the day.

For those who lead a larger congregation, it might be good to have several call to worship options available. For instance, if a lot of elderly individuals tend to attend an early morning session, it might be better to run a traditional call to worship during this time frame. And conversely, those who are preaching to a younger audience may want to reach for something more contemporary. When members of the congregation feel that they have multiple options available to them, they are more likely to come back next time.

Leading in Worship

When leading a worship session, religious leaders should bear in mind their objectives and responsibilities guiding the congregation. It can be good for them to remember that their goal is to help members of their congregation interpret and understand religious texts. From there, religious leaders can make sure that members of their congregation are also able to apply what they are reading to their own lives. This can be one of the most fulfilling parts of leading in worship.

In order for religious leaders to improve their ability to guide members of their congregation during worship sessions, they might take a look at the numerous resources that are available. For example, religious leaders who lead small group sessions may want to use one of the articles from this resource to help them orchestrate a worship session.

From there, they can then begin to think about their own work of style. And finally, they can find resources that can help them to effectively communicate the lessons of the sermon with their audience. When religious leaders take the time to prepare in advance, use a variety of resources, and tailor them to their own preaching style, they will also be increasing their ability to effectively communicate the lessons of the sermon to their audience. This way, the congregation will be able to get as much out of the lesson as possible.

Worship Planning Resources

When it comes to planning a comprehensive worship session, it may be helpful to take a holistic approach. There are all sorts of worship planning resources available, and religious leaders can try and take the best from all of these options. For instance, some religious leaders are able to learn best by taking a look at worship sessions that have been presented by other religious leaders. They can then take what they like from these worship sessions and incorporate them into their own approach.

For those who are looking for worship sessions that are based on scripture, congregational leaders can look at a variety of resources that provide easy access to well organized information. There are options for everything from traditional worship sessions to contemporary worship sessions, enabling religious leaders to find exactly what they are looking for and incorporate it into their worship.

Of course, religious leaders can learn a lot from their own congregation, as well.. Seeking feedback from members, attendees and visitors on a regular basis can be a wonderful source of insight. Congregational leaders may also consider sending out a survey, for example. Ask a few members of the congregation to highlight aspects they like, as well as things they would like to see done differently. Then, you can incorporate these suggestions into your worship sessions, improving your ability to meet the needs of your congregation ever further. This can be one of the most effective ways for improving your worship sessions.

Lectionary Worship Resources

One of the biggest challenges many religious leaders face involves their lectionary worship style. It can be a significant challenge to hold the attention of the congregation when conducting lectionary worship. The good news, though, is that there are plenty of lectionary worship resources available. For instance, religious leaders who are specifically having difficulty in keeping the attention of their congregation during lectionary worship might consider checking out some of the available worship liturgy resources. It might also be helpful to take a look at a specific line from one of their religious texts in a new way. By introducing a new perspective that is relevant to everyday life, it might be possible to hold the congregation’s attention just a little bit better.

It may also be helpful to try delivering lectionary worship in a way that is closely tied to something that is happening in the local community. When members of the congregation are able to place lectionary worship within the context of their own lives, they then have an easier time seeing the lessons the religious leader is trying to communicate. This can go a long way toward improving the effectiveness of lectionary worship sessions.

Ultimately, there are a lot of challenges that come with running an effective worship session, but religious leaders can think about what they do well, what they do poorly, and how they can more effectively communicate with the members of their congregation, and find the answers to improve their sessions. They might even consider switching up their worship style from time to time. That way, members of the congregation won’t feel like the worship sessions are becoming stagnant. Remember, there are lots of valuable resources available for those who are looking for ways to improve their worship style. Check out a few of the resources and learn more about how they can help you to improve your own worship style.

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