Worship leading is more than musicianship, and these three books offer insight about prayer, studying the Word, a love and concern for people and what it takes to move beyond performing in worship.
Aptly named Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader, this book compilation, edited by Matt Boswell, explores the intersection between song and scripture. Different authors write each chapter, with topics that range from worship leader qualifications, creativity and family worship. From Performance to Praise: Moving Ministry to the Next Level, delves into the heart of worship. The Worship Pastor, by Zac Hicks explores the serious role of discipleship that one takes as worship leader. Read excerpts from Amazon.com below:
Many in the church see worship leading and theological processing at opposite ends of a big room. Theology is considered the business of pastors and professors, while worship is the business of musicians and rock stars.
But a new wave of young worship leaders is hungry for something different, the desire to think not just pragmatically (sound, charts, guitars) but theologically (the gospel, justice, pastoral ministry) about worship. Likewise, pastors and churches increasingly desire to be led by thoughtful worship leaders who combine doxology and theology.
From Performance to Praise is for pastors, musicians, ministers of music, choir directors, choir members, praise team members, sound personnel and anyone else who has a hand in executing music ministry within a local congregation.
The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction. It is meant to be read by pastors, worship leaders, worship teams, and anyone else interested in deepening their understanding and experience of worship.