Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

by Bob Kauflin

Other authorsPaul Baloche (Foreword)
Paperback, 2008



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Crossway (2008), Paperback, 304 pages


Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, Kauflin guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.

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LibraryThing member nathanshaver
Bob Kauflin has humbly presented us with a practical, theologically sound, passionate call to leading others to Worship God through so much more than songs! His definition alone of Pastor of Worship is worth the book. Great Read!!
LibraryThing member brianghedges
I am not a worship leader. I'm a pastor. No, wait - that makes me a worship leader, just not in the realm of music. That's an important distinction to make, and one which Bob Kauflin makes in this valuable book: "Anyone who encourages others to praise God can be referred to as a 'worship leader.' Worship can involve music, but it can happen without it as well." Careful thinking like that make this book a treasure-trove of biblical wisdom and practical insight on worship.

Kauflin unpacks what a worship leader does (see other reviews for the definition - I don't want to be needless repetitive), discusses healthy tensions in our theology and practice of worship, speaks specifically to the relational dynamics in which every worship leader is involved (with the church, the team, the pastor), and more.

The book is rooted in the Gospel, robust in theology, and well-written. I was encouraged and instructed. And I'm committed to making sure every present and future member of our church's worship team gets a copy. This is a great book for pastors, worship leaders, and worship teams. In fact, it's a great book for any one who wants to worship God in spirit and truth. It is practical enough to be of real use to musicians and leaders, but it is general enough to encourage and help any believer.

Spread the word. This is a great book on worship! Thanks Bob Kauflin for serving the church with this book.
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LibraryThing member NGood
This is an excellent book that focuses around leading the singing portion of a church service. The first two sections of the book (The Leader and The Task) are excellent but somewhat slow going at times due to the extremely theoretical nature to them (although Bob mixes many personal stories and experiences into these sections). The next two sections (Healthy Tensions and Right Relationships) are much more applicational. I would recommend this book to anyone who takes part in leading singing or is interested in learning more about worship, but for those who are short on time I would HIGHLY recommend simply reading Section 3 - Healthy Tensions.… (more)
LibraryThing member laholmes
Kauflin is a long time pastor and worship leader who guides the reader in thinking clearly about what worship is, the challenges facing worship, and how we can lead others to worship.

"The greatest challenger for a worship leader is in our own heart"

Kauflin leads us first through a correct theology of worship, and then into more practical matters of worship. His heart for the Lord shines through above all else, reminding us that "our skills in worship should function like a frame around a beautiful painting. Too bold and you lose the pic, to cheap and it distracts from the pic as well.''

He then guides us through choosing songs, selecting a team, writing worship songs, and more. I would recommend this book for all worship leaders, pastors, and other people who are serious in pursuing after God, and leading others to do it.
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Physical description

304 p.; 5.75 x 0.75 inches


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