(Paperback and CD combo)
Few issues raise more questions for congregations than how to approach contemporary music in worship. Here is a much-needed tool: a resource that provides a complete theory, system, and practical steps for choosing contemporary worship music. The author, a minister of music, defines a series of standards for music to be truly worshipful. Does it fit your church’s theology? Can you use it without special resources? McLean explains how to create a music program that will be meaningful for all. The bonus CD provides specific listening examples to help make music choices.
Praise for the Book
“It once was said that when Lucifer fell from the heavens, he landed in the choir loft and has been there ever since. For everyone who enters the loft, here's a book that will keep us out of bushels of trouble and give us bales of help. McLean's recommendations—matching music to a church's mission statement, the four-filter methodology, understanding the worship team as 'liturgical theologians'—are genuine staffs of life. Terri McLean stands alongside Sally Morgenthaler as the most trusted worship guides for enlivening the ancient and embracing the future.” —Leonard Sweet, Professor of Postmodern Christianity, Drew University
“On the canvas of contemporary worship music, we can paint by number or we can paint with heart, mind, and skill. We can color inside the lines with single-shaded ditties or we can dip our brush into the multi-hued palette of a revealed and revealing God. Terri McLean is a gifted worshiper, theologian, and practitioner who not only offers us a whole new set of tools for our craft. She dares to acknowledge that our task of enabling the song of God's people is more complex than simple, more creation than duplication, and infinitely more intentional than we've ever been led to believe.” —Sally Morgenthaler, Author, Worship Evangelism and Contemporary Worship column, Worship Leader Magazine
Alban No. AL196
paper, 161 pages
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