A practical handbook, Contemporary Worship contains everything that a congregation needs to plan, launch, and stabilize contemporary worship services. The writers in this volume discuss three formats for contemporary worship: (1) Spirited-Traditional, (2) Contemporary Praise, and (3) Contemporary Outreach-oriented services.
Brief, defining articles--which work well as reproducible handouts with worship teams-- precede each Resource Kit. The resources include sample formats, sample messages that are appropriate for the format, sample skits or dramas, and a database of worship choruses that are appropriate to each of the three contemporary formats. Brief articles from pastors, actors, script writers, and church consultants offer tips on recruiting and hiring musicians, developing a praise band, reshaping the worship space, creating worship bulletins, choosing the right times, and preaching to the unchurched.