The Worship Architect: A Blueprint For Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services
"Cherry shows us that pastoral theology and the practice of theology is never an 'either-or,' but always a 'both-and.' Let's follow her lead and rediscover the unity that exists between the two." --Robert E. Webber, author of Ancient-Future Worship ...
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"Cherry shows us that pastoral theology and the practice of theology is never an 'either-or,' but always a 'both-and.' Let's follow her lead and rediscover the unity that exists between the two."
--Robert E. Webber, author of Ancient-Future Worship
^^There are many books available on the topic of worship today, but few provide a comprehensive, practical method for worship design. Constance M. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, provides worship leaders with credible blueprint plans for successfully designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community.
Readers will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers of all ages in the twenty-first century.
The book sets forth basic principles concerning worship design and demonstrates how these principles are conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. It will also work well as a guide for worship-planning teams in local churches and provide insight for worship students, pastors, and church leaders involved in congregational worship.
A Comprehensive, Practical Method for Worship Design The Worship Architect provides a blueprint for designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community. Constance Cherry sets forth basic principles and demonstrates how those principles are conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. Worship leaders will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers of all ages. "Cherry shows us that pastoral theology and the practice of theology is never an 'either-or' but always a 'both-and.' Let's follow her lead and rediscover the unity that exists between the two."-- Robert E. Webber, author of Ancient-Future Worship "Cherry's book is one I have been hoping for. The Worship Architect is a helpful combination of solid theology, artistic creativity, pastoral sensitivity, and wisdom gained from the author's wealth of experience in leading and planning worship."-- Lester Ruth, Lily May Jarvis Professor of Christian Worship, Asbury Theological Seminary "Many books about corporate worship focus on style and technique, neglecting theological substance. Others are substantive but neglect the vital role that stylistic choices and approaches to planning have in the week-in, week-out life of congregations. Cherry approaches her task by inviting us all to make regular border crossings between theory and practice. The result is a book well-suited to promote the lifelong learning needed for any effective ministry leader."-- John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary "Congratulations to Constance Cherry for offering a much-needed guide for planning worship in our divergent and often antagonistic context of Christian worship. The Worship Architect offers biblical, historical, and theological material to help readers understand the choices before worship planners and leaders today. Cherry then offers worship leaders practical and responsible recommendations for discerning among the options they face. This is a most welcome book for a crucial time."-- Todd E. Johnson, Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary
Constance M. Cherry (D.Min., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of worship and Christian ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She formerly taught at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and is a permanent part-time professor for the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. She has served local churches as a minister of music/worship and as a United Methodist pastor.
- Introduction: Why A Book About Worship Design?<br>phase One: Laying The Foundations For Worship<br>1. Establishing The Foundation: Biblical Worship<br>2. Setting The Cornerstone: Worship Is Centered In Jesus Christ<br>phase Two: Building The Structure For Worship<br>3. Four Rooms For Encountering God: The General Order Of Worship<br>4. The First Load-bearing Wall: The Gathering<br>5. The Second Load-bearing Wall: The Word<br>6. The Third Load-bearing Wall: The Table Of The Lord<br>7. The Third Load-bearing Wall: The Alternative Response To The Word<br>8. The Fourth Load-bearing Wall: The Sending<br>phase Three: Creating Doors And Windows For Encountering God<br>9. Encountering God In Prayer: Capturing The Heart Of Worship<br>10. Encountering God In Music: Singing The Church's Song<br>11. Encountering God In Music: Offering "sound" Musical Leadership<br>12. Encountering God In The Christian Year: Remembering The Whole Narrative<br>phase Four: Adding Style To The Worship Event<br>13. Principles Of Worship Style: Expressing Your Corporate Identity<br>14. A More Excellent Way: Convergence<br>phase Five: Nurturing Hospitality At The Worship Event<br>15. The Hospitable Worship Leader: Engaging Worshipers As Participants<br>appendix A: Ten Basic Steps In Designing Vital Worship<br>appendix B: Checklist For Designing Vital Worship<br>index