The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church

The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church

The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church

The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church

Synopsis

Catch the new Wave of Worship, Relevance, and Revival ""The Great Worship Awakening" is a periscopic view of worship. It is a 'must-read' for every church leader who desires to lead the way into the future." -- Buddy Owens, Maranatha! Publishing, general editor, NIV Worship Bible

"The intelligent leader's guide to the morphing worship landscape. Refreshingly balanced but passionate, "The Great Awakening" is worship's "All Things Considered."" -- Sally Morgenthaler, author, "Worship Evangelism" "Robb Redman is a scholar, a pastor, but most of all a person who worships God with heart, hands and voice. Redman's gift to us is this fantastic book. Those who worship God do so in Spirit and truth. "The Great Worship Awakening" invites us in to worship any number of ways." -- Randy Rowland, pastor, Church at the Center, Seattle, Washington; author, "Get a Life! "and "The Sins We Love"

"Robb Redman is my most reliable guide on what is going on in the worship awakening. He understands how new worship expressions are shaped by youth culture, the charismatic approach, the church growth movement, and much more. His use of solid historical and theological resources is surprising and delightful. I've been looking forward to this book for several years, and I'm glad he's finally done it." -- Hughes Oliphant Old, author," Worship That is Reformed According to Scripture"; visiting instructor in worship, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Redman ably identifies the challenges today's churches face in developing worship that has both theological integrity and cultural authenticity. His theological analysis and practical advice show wisdom and balance. This book will beespecially appreciated in denominations with strong historical worship traditions by pastors and worship leaders, who want help sorting out positive contributions of the contemporary worship renewal movement from which they might

Excerpt

Since the mid-1980s, seeker services have generated considerable discussion and debate among pastors and church leaders. Many churches have started services that set aside an established liturgy and church music, eagerly embracing new popular musical styles, the arts, and multimedia communication technology to create what Kimon Sargeant calls “modern liturgies for skeptical seekers.” The seeker service approach builds on a basic assumption: unchurched people have dropped out of church or have stayed away because of traditional liturgy and music. Seeker churches create instead an alternative environment in which to hear the gospel by using styles of music and communication that the seekers already know. By setting aside traditional styles of liturgy and music, pastors and service planners hope to appeal to seekers through creative communication media—drama and the visual arts, but above all music and nontraditional preaching.

There is, of course, more than one way to design a service to attract seekers. A seeker-targeted or seeker-focused service aims at the unchurched or unbelieving attendee; it avoids as much traditional liturgy and music as possible and adopts a high level of cultural relevance in music and communication. Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago is widely regarded as the birthplace of the seeker service movement. The buildings do not look like typical church structures, the atmosphere inside is informal and casual . . .

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