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Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God

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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 ...more
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Published March 26th 2008 by Crossway Books
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Philip
Jun 05, 2011 Philip rated it it was amazing
Most of the readers who will crack open this book will tell you that worship matters, but most of them will not be able to tell you why it matters so much. For this reason, Kauflin sets out to demonstrate the significance of worship and the biblical teaching regarding it. The book is far more than a theology of worship, but is an extremely practical guide to worship. Rather than focusing on the theoretical, Kauflin dwells on the practical and gives many personal illustrations of the challenges o ...more
Graham Heslop
Jun 17, 2015 Graham Heslop rated it really liked it
Some reviews of this book amount to little more than, 'It was too long.' And, I would agree with those, if this book wasn't so cleverly structured and set out, with easily navigated sections, chapter headings, and subheadings. Kauflin demonstrates an immense amount of practical experience, musical expertise, careful theological application, Spirit given wisdom, and an understanding of both team dynamics and leadership roles in the local church. This book would benefit anyone involved in worship, ...more
Josh Miller
Jul 14, 2016 Josh Miller rated it it was amazing
When I was first given this book just over a year ago by our song leader, I wasn't too enthused. It appeared to be a stuffy, boring treatise on using music in a church to worship God. I couldn't have been further from the truth!

This book is an excellent read and one that has greatly enriched me in several ways. As a Christian, it helped me to see that worship is not just during the music service. As a pastor, it has helped me see the different dynamics that go into planning and preparing a servi
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Brian
Mar 22, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: church
I am not a worship leader. I'm a pastor. No, wait - that makes me a worship leader, just not in the realm of music. That's an important distinction to make, and one which Bob Kauflin makes in this valuable book: "Anyone who encourages others to praise God can be referred to as a 'worship leader.' Worship can involve music, but it can happen without it as well." Careful thinking like that make this book a treasure-trove of biblical wisdom and practical insight on worship.

Kauflin unpacks what a wo
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Matt Tyler
Oct 15, 2014 Matt Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is an excellent book for anyone who desires to think more about corporate worship. While more needs to be said on this subject, this is a wonderful place to start. We need more guys like Kauflin, guys who are gifted musically and have a passion for deep theology. One of the great things about this book is that it can be used by various groups of people who are similar in theology, but whose congregational services may look different. In this sense then this book provides a great foundation. ...more
Nathan Good
Sep 30, 2011 Nathan Good rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book that focuses around leading the singing portion of a church service. The first two sections of the book (The Leader and The Task) are excellent but somewhat slow going at times due to the extremely theoretical nature to them (although Bob mixes many personal stories and experiences into these sections). The next two sections (Healthy Tensions and Right Relationships) are much more applicational. I would recommend this book to anyone who takes part in leading singing or ...more
Bill
Jul 25, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
What a breakthrough book in this area. Bob Kauflin is equally solid as he discusses both the biblical basis for worship/music and the practical musical issues. As a long time worship leader, this is the book I enthusiastically recommend on the topic - get it and read it.
Josue Manriquez
Jun 20, 2012 Josue Manriquez rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book whose primary focus is on worship in song, and the one leading it. I do not completely agree with a few of his conclusions, but for the most part I think every Christian--especially church leaders--should read this book.
Lisa Rice
Jun 30, 2016 Lisa Rice rated it it was amazing
This book was an insightful, engaging, and Biblical work of art.

Bob Kauflin is funny, knowledgeable and talented at what he does. This is a jam-packed book filled with a wealth of information. It is a resource that I will go back to when questions arise in the future. It is written to both women and men, and pastors, leaders and lay people who serve in the music ministry of their local Church.

Bob covers the spectrum of the ministry; from leadership skills to music tasks, to relationships. He i
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Linda Parker
Nov 17, 2014 Linda Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome-highly recommended for anyone involved in worship ministry-really practical and yet also challenges you to have the right heart n motivation and reminds you where to keep the focus!
Anthony Edridge
Apr 16, 2014 Anthony Edridge rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed noticing Bob's heart for worship, in which he put aside all the pressures from differing opinions and from our modern culture. He does not give the impression that he serves two masters, which would otherwise negate true worship.

It was interesting to read that worship should be a "family" activity, in which some members of the church family are not excluded to suit the preferences of others.

Bob did not mention the issue of very loud music that upsets so many people. It would app
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Paul Stuart
Jun 08, 2016 Paul Stuart rated it liked it
As a worship leader, I found many things insightful and now have many new ideas to consider. Tons of wisdom and much experience is offered in this book. Kauflin has a humble heart and truly wants to see God glorified over all. I will definitely use this as a reference for the many topics covered. Things I would critique: The book was very long, and most chapters were either repeating themselves, quoting the same Scriptures from previous chapters, or were comprised of needless tangents. I think t ...more
Brian
Mar 29, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Worship Leaders and Church music volunteers
If you follow Bob Kauflin's < a href="http://www.worshipmatters.com/"&..., you know that his routine of answering people's questions about church music ministry is done very deliberately. He doesn't rant. He encourages right relationships first. He emphasizes biblical principles, and in the end he'll get around to answering the question, an answer that usually seems more obvious once he cuts to the heart of the issue, and what is really important. It is no surprise then to see his book wr ...more
Brian Collins
The heart of the book unpacks Kauflin's thesis concerning the task of a worship leader: "A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit skillfully combining God's Word with music thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God's presence, and to live for God's glory." This is an excellent statement that would serve well in any good church music ministry. Overall, Kauflin does a good job in expounding eac ...more
Alex Yi
Aug 01, 2012 Alex Yi rated it really liked it
I remember meeting Bob at the Resolved conference in Palm Springs,CA. I appreciated both his songwriting and worship leading abilities so I was very eager to meet him and glean wisdom from his experiences and advice.

When I got to meet him I asked him how he would go about writing a song that contained both depth and simplicity. Deep theological affirmations without the archaic phrasing. Melodic and modern yet rooted in the truths of many of our traditional hymns which stood the test of time.

He
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Peter
Jun 01, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-music
If you've never read a book on worship, this is a fantastic place to start. The chapters are quite short, so it's easy to read for just a few minutes and have plenty to reflect on personally.
While aimed at worship leaders primarily, this is a great read for anyone involved in church music. It covers a wide range of topics with clarity and insight, and isn't afraid to challenge the reader. While I may occasionally quibble with how Kauflin frames an issue, he generally handles controversial, diffi
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Cody Brobst
Jul 09, 2014 Cody Brobst rated it liked it
Solid content. Really though it speaks of worship in general, there are tons of specific applications for musical worship leaders at churches and so if you are not in that roll, aspects of the book feel un-relatable, but in general there are things for all Christians to know even in terms of how we think about music in the church since we all experience it and have our opinions. Good read. Probably the main resource I'd send someone to who wants to learn about worship.
Jake
Aug 25, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it
I am currently using this book as a discussion starter in the music ministry that I lead. It has been a great tool for team development and for enriching and deepening our understanding of what we are doing in a church service on a Sunday! :)

I don't agree with everything the author says, but he has a great thoughtfulness and study that grounds his comments and encourages the reader to wrestle with some deeper questions regarding Christian worship. His personal combination of denominational exper
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Geoff Lanotte
Jun 15, 2016 Geoff Lanotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasure to read. To learn about Bob Kauflin's experience is beyond helpful for someone who is being thrust into a Worship Leader role. While I don't agree with everything said here, I learned from everything said here. I was challenged on many parts of this book, particular in the first and last sections.

My only caution is the charismatic theological background. One of the issues I had was the encouragement of the congregation to be more emotive during worship so that it is auth
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Jeremy
Aug 06, 2013 Jeremy rated it liked it
Recommended to Jeremy by: Nick Thiessen
This book might more appropriately be titled The Gospel Matters as the author spends a lot of time stressing repeatedly the supremacy of the Gospel and our duty as worship leaders to communicate the Gospel in all aspects of our life and service. I agree with this wholeheartedly. However, I felt like this became somewhat repetitive, predominantly in the middle section where Kauflin dissects his working definition of a worship leader. I suppose it boils down to expectations. I came to this book ex ...more
Jason Harris
Aug 22, 2015 Jason Harris rated it it was ok
It's wonderful to see key people addressing worship and challenging leaders to define worship biblically and apply biblical principles to the use of music in Christian worship. I suspect most church musicians would benefit greatly from reading this book.

Regrettably, this book reflects a journey more begun than complete. The direction is admirable, but the product is worthy of congratulations only against the backdrop of the chronic theological ignorance too common in pop expressions of Christian
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Lee Bertsch
Dec 20, 2013 Lee Bertsch rated it really liked it
Quite liked this book. Lots of foundational principles that were well stated. I found Section III on Healthy tensions to be particularly good but then that is how I tend to view most biblical ideas, as parallel truths. The ideas and applications and suggestions he puts forth are rather numerous. There is risk of becoming so overwhelmed by it all and becoming too analytical that it is hard to simply engage in worship. It is like learning to perfect a golf shot and there are fifty variables that a ...more
Bill Simmons
Oct 19, 2015 Bill Simmons rated it really liked it
I am not a worship leader, but in reading this book, I have a completely different outlook on Biblical Worship. It is not just singing. My Church is blessed with a Godly leader and Godly Pastor to lead and encourage our leader. Bob Kauflin is a dedicated leader, and that is what is encouraging, he wants the Glory of his Savior Jesus Christ to be in the foreground of worship! That is Biblical Worship. I have just bought "True Worshippers" by Bob, and am planing to devour it as well. A very good r ...more
Justin Lau
Dec 20, 2014 Justin Lau rated it it was amazing
There's a reason this is one of the most, if not the most renowned and acclaimed book out there on worship. Not only does Bob Kauflin address all the practical aspects of leading musical worship at church, it continually and unabashedly refocuses our attention on the 'heart' (rather than 'art') of worship — that is, to glorify God in every aspect of our lives. Solid truths derived from a healthy balance of Word and Spirit, and facing head-on all the controversial tensions wholly present in churc ...more
Brandon Siwula
Apr 28, 2016 Brandon Siwula rated it it was amazing
Great book! I was needing some guidance as a pastor with no musical ability to get our worship team equipped. I was not dissapointed and neither will you be!
Allan Benson
May 28, 2016 Allan Benson rated it it was amazing
This book was a great opportunity to jump into the world of a worship leader and learn more about ministry from their perspective. I had two objectives reading this book. First, I wanted to grow in my own understanding and worship to the Lord. Second, I wanted to be better equipped to serve and support the worship leaders in our church. This was a fantastic book for both of these reasons. The book was well rooted in the Scriptures, theologically sound, well balanced in its advice (finding health ...more
Todd Miles
Jan 28, 2013 Todd Miles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecclesiology
Simply the best book on worship that I have encountered. Kauflin is an accomplished worship leader, song writer, and musician. This book has plenty of very practical “how-to’s” that far exceeded my ability to appreciate. But what was evident was the theological basis throughout. Kauflin may be one of the more gifted musicians in the world, but he gives primary place in singing, not to musical expertise, but to exaltation of the Triune God by praising him for who he is and what he has done - trut ...more
Randy Alcorn
Bob Kauflin has written an amazingly rich and wise book on worship. It is biblical, Christ-honoring, relevant, practical, enjoyable and everything else I could have asked for. It’s full of tested insights, coming out of the author’s disciplined contemplation and long experience as a leader among worship leaders. I know and respect Bob, and have thoroughly enjoyed following his lead in worshipping our Lord. Bob lives what he writes, so his emphasis on character, integrity and humility has credibi ...more
AlegnaB
This book was lent to my son to read, since he works with the sound system during worship services at our church and is therefore considered part of the music ministry. I saw it and decided to read it because it is about worship. Even though this book was written for pastors and worship leaders, I thought it was interesting, and I don't have anything to do with the music ministry at my church other than singing along with the congregation. I think every pastor and worship leader would benefit fr ...more
Sarah Quartel
Jul 04, 2016 Sarah Quartel rated it it was amazing
Encouraging and thought provoking. Full of practical tips without being a how-to book!
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“Worship is God's gift of grace to us before it's our offering to God. We simply benefit from the perfect offering of the Son to the Father through the power of the Spirit (Ephesians 2:18). Worship is our humble, constant, appropriate, glad response to God's self-revelation and his enabling invitation. Apart from this perspective, leading worship can become self-motivated and self-exalting. We can become burdened by the responsibility to lead others and can think that we might not be able to deliver the goods. We subtly take pride in our worship, our singing, our playing, our planning, our performance, our leadership. Ultimately we separate ourselves from the God who drew us to worship him in the first place. That's why biblical worship is God-focused (God is clearly seen), God-centered (God is clearly the priority), and God-exalting (God is clearly honored). Gathering to praise God can't be a means to some "greater" end, such as church growth, evangelism, or personal ministry. God isn't a genie we summon by rubbing the bottle called "worship." He doesn't exist to help us get where we really want to go. God is where we want to go. So God's glory is the end of our worship, and not simply a means to something else. In the midst of a culture that glorifies our pitiful accomplishments in countless ways, we gather each week to proclaim God's wondrous deeds and to glory in his supreme value. He is holy, holy, holy. There is no one, and nothing, like the Lord.” 3 likes
“In Music Through the Eyes of Faith, Harold Best defines excellence as "the process of becoming better than I once was.” 1 likes
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