We recently had the privilege to read a pre-publication copy of Bob Kauflin’s forthcoming book from Crossway entitled Worship Matters: Leading Others To Encounter the Greatness of God.
Kauflin, a worship leader and Director of Worship Development at Sovereign Grace Ministries, has written what is a must-read for worship leaders, pastors, and lay ministry leaders with a deep desire to know God and to lead others to the throne of God through corporate worship. Starting with an intensely personal account of his own spiritual journey, Bob pulls from his own extensive experience and Scripture to assemble what may be the most understandable and applicable treatment on the subject of worship from the worship leader’s perspective we’ve seen—what Paul Baloche calls the "art and the heart of worship" in the book’s foreword.
Kauflin addresses the topic of worship first from the perspective of the worship leader: What do you love? What do you believe? What do you practice? What do you model? Kauflin then proceeds to evaluate the role and task of a worship leader in today’s church, tying Scriptural principles into such topics as music selection, corporate worship, evangelism, the Bible, the role of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and the church. Also examined are a number of biblical "guiding principles" for determining what is acceptable corporate worship in the sight of God, and how they tie together "healthy tensions" that exist in church. How can you be both rooted in the Word but also relevant to today’s world? How do you balance the head and the heart of ministry, the internal and external, the vertical and the horizontal, the planned and the spontaneous, the skillful versus the authentic? Kauflin offers valuable insights into these and other topics.
Kauflin wraps up the book with some key thoughts for pastors, church members, ministry leaders, and worship team members.
Biblically based and contemporaneous in setting, Worship Matters is a book we believe worship leaders will find both encouraging and challenging. Consider giving a copy to your worship team, pastor, and worship leader. This one is a definite must read.
From the publisher, Crossway:
Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, a pastor and professional songwriter guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.
Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us. This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends. Bob Kauflin covers a variety of topics such as the devastating effects of worshiping the wrong things, how to base our worship on God’s self-revelation rather than our assumptions, the fuel of worship, the community of worship, and the ways that eternity’s worship should affect our earthly worship.
Appropriate for Christians from varied backgrounds and for various denominations, this book will bring a vital perspective to what readers think they understand about praising God. Includes a special addendum for pastors and worship leaders.
“Bob loves God, values theology, and cares about people. This mix is found throughout this wonderful and helpful book. Worship Matters will inspire you as a worshiper and spur you on as a leader of worship.”
Matt Redman, lead worshiper and song-writer, Brighton, UK
“Bob Kauflin is teaching a new generation to take corporate worship seriously in a fashion that is simultaneously biblically faithful and addressing today’s culture.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“This book is thoroughly biblical, comprehensive, balanced, clear, and engaging. Worship leaders must read it, and it will be a great help to anyone interested in finding out what biblical worship is about and how to worship from the heart.”
John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
“Bob’s approach is humble, yet authoritative; comprehensive, yet inspirational. And if you take his gentle but clear teaching onboard, it will help make you fully equipped in mind, heart, and spirit to lead others in worship. I wholeheartedly recommend it.”
Stuart Townsend, Christian song-writer
“An outstanding book both for those who lead worship and also for every Christian who wants to worship God more fully. The book is biblical, practical, interesting, wise, and thorough in its treatment of the topic. The next time I teach on worship, I plan to make this the required text.”
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
“Humility. Self-deprecating humor. Practical wisdom. And not just for music leaders. What a refreshing read! I’ve gained from Bob Kauflin, and if you read this, you will too.”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church; Executive Director, 9Marks Ministries
“Bob is a pastor, a teacher, and a skilled musician. And this book captures his heart, his zealous pursuit of God, and his many years of real-life experience leading worship. That’s why his book deserves the careful study of pastors and worship leaders alike.”
Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
[Editors Note 4/1/08: We have corrected the name of the book in our post--with apologies to our friends at Crossway and WorshipMatters!]