Recently I was asked about book recommendations for worship leaders. There’s a lot out thereÂ that are either directly or indirectly helpful to the worship leaders growth and development. Here’s some I’ve read recently worth checking out:
The Worship Pastor: A Call To Ministry For Worship Leaders and Teams by Zac Hicks
Premise:Â I’ve followed Zac Hicks blog and heard him speak at the Â 2016Â National Worship Leader Convention. Â This is a new generation worship thought leader who “gets it.” His comprehensive guidebook is both scholarly and practical, exploringÂ the many roles and responsibilities of worship leaders including: theologian, disciple, worshiper, evangelist, mentor, artist, counselor, musician, servant leader, and producer. Highly recommended.
Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller.
Premise: This book is greatÂ for modern worship leaders to find the right mind-set. Quote from the back cover: “Whether you’re ‘theÂ messy-haired rocker worship leader or the neatly coiffed music director’, Â Millerâ€™s call is for leaders to lead worship and the church to participate in wholehearted, whole-minded, exalting of Godâ€”rather than making a spectacle of it.”
True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God by Bob Kauflin
Premise:Â True Worshipers is Bob’s follow up to his highly regarded Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. This is an excellent introduction to understanding the mentality and biblical foundations of worship. Bob says “the essence of worship is exalting God in our hearts and actions”. This book is intended to help everyone, not just worship leaders, grasp what worship “in spirit and truth” is, how we do it, and why we do it.
The Six Hats of The Worship Leader by Rich Kirkpatrick
Premise: Rich is a ministry veteran with a wide range of experience. Â This easy-to-read primer provides an insightful overview of the many leadership roles required for effective worship ministry.
Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts by Harold Best
Premise: This is my favorite book on worship theology and it has shaped my ministry philosophy profoundly. Not an easy read, but oh so inspiring! One of my favorite quotes: â€œWe are, every one of us, unceasing worshipers and will remain so forever, for eternity is an infinite extrapolation of one of two conditions: a surrender to the sinfulness of sin unto infinite loss, or the commitment of personal righteousness unto infinite gain. This is the central fact of our existence, and it drives every other fact. Within it lies the story of creation or final loss.â€Â Â
Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative by Robert E Webber
Premise: I had the great privilege of attending the Institute for Worship Studies while Dr. Webber was still lecturing there. Warm, brilliant, deep thinking and good humored guy. This was the last book he published in the Ancient-Future series and the most concise. In my opinion, every worship leader should read this.
The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship by AW TozerÂ
Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin
WORSHIP SMARTbook: Actionable Tips For Real World Worship Second Edition by Anthony Skinner
Beyond Sunday: A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating And Sustaining A Vision For Your Worship Team by David SantistevanÂ Â (Also available for free at davidsantistevan.com)
BooksÂ on my future reading list:
Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders by Greg Scheer
Sound Check: How Worship Teams Can Pursue Authenticity, Excellence, and Purpose by Kurtis Parks
In this article I simply wanted to point you to some great resources for worship leadership. You can get more in depth information by checking out the descriptions and reviews on Amazon. com or other sources.
Happy reading, and study to show yourself as one approved! (2 Timothy 2:15)