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Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Churches are aging. Even among megachurches with their modern technology and huge number of members, whole generations are now missing. In order to reach the 18-35 year olds, churches need to incorporate alternative worship services into their ministries that meet the unique needs of the emerging generations. In a conversational, narrative style, author Dan Kimball guides ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2004)
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Jesse Kane
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad. Nothing crazy- the book markets itself as "EMERGENT," but it's fairly Orthodox. I was somewhat dissatisfied with the emphasis on growing a church or worshipping according to people's preferences that appeared. One suggestion I would have walking forward from this book is that worship services are missional rather than preferential.
Martin Crowhurst
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Should be read by all, especially those who can't see why people want to experiment with new, (and old) forms of worship. I think it provides a good understanding of why a counter reformation inj worship forms could bless us all
Wes Hunter
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pastors/worship leaders
This book is tailored for people involved in designing worship gatherings for emerging generations. It is very helpful in that regard. It may not be as interesting for a lay person that isn't involved in worship planning, because it deals with a lot more logistics and less underlying thought that The Emerging Church, but its definitely an interesting read.
Feb 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
The book was fine in its own way; I suppose the real problem is that the topic of organizing a worship service does not really appeal to me right now. I'd much rather discuss the underlying philosophical and theological assumptions and beliefs that go into they "why" of methodology rather than look at the "how."
David Hardin
Some good stuff

There was a lot to like about this book. It is an excellent glimpse into what emerging worship is trying to accomplish. As a 30 something I resonate with a lot of it. It also contains some of the "our way is better" attitude that marks so much of the emerging church movement, as well as some of the questionable theology that has marked so much of it.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Got this for all of 50p in a used book shop. It's a quick read, as others have said probably aimed more at actual worship leaders but I found it interesting in explaining what different churches are doing. I think it was written in 2004 though and while still relevant there is a lot that feels a bit outdated already.
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good, practical discussion of how some churches have changed their worship gatherings to meet the spiritual needs of, and communicate more profoundly to younger generations. Anyone involved or interested in planning and designing worship would be wise to check this out.
Matt Hartzell
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Worship Leaders, Church Planters, Pastors
Emerging Worship is a really practical guide for how to change your gathering space to engage a post-modern generation. It is chock full of practical tips and tricks for re-energizing your weekly gatherings.
Feb 19, 2016 added it
Shelves: worship
some good thoughts
Jan 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
Crap, Crap, Crap. He only talk about putting a face lift on worship not the real substance behind making worship more attainable for a new generation.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Not much new here, but there are some good remindars about the appeal of multisensory worship for the 18-25 group.
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Dan was born and raised in north eastern New Jersey, and got his BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. Dan was a drummer in a rockabilly/punk band for many years and lived in London, England for a year playing in the band. After the band ended, Dan went to Israel and lived there for several months studying the Bible on his own to see whether Christianity was a valid faith, o ...more

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