Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations

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Zondervan, 2004 - Religion - 238 pages

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 church leaders on how to create alternative services from start to finish. Using anecdotes from his own experience at Graceland, Kimball presents six creative models, providing real-life examples of each type. Emerging Worship covers key topics including • Developing a prayer team • Evaluating the local mission field and context • Determining leaders and a vision-based team • Understanding why youth pastors are usually the ideal staff to start a new service • Recognizing the difference in values between emerging worship and the rest of the church • Asking critical questions beforehand

 

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User Review  - mckaori - LibraryThing

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 Read full review

User Review  - Wes - Christianbook.com

The sample worship gatherings are great. Kimball explores how different churches around the country are communicating to the emerging generations. This isn't a "how to," but it should spark your imagination. Read full review

Contents

Part
1
Why This Is a Dangerous Book to Read
25
Reasons to Create a New Worship Gathering
39
First Steps Toward Starting a New Worship Gathering
63
Planning and Creating Multisensory Worship Gatherings
99
Approaches Churches Use to Start New Worship Gatherings
115
Creating LifeStage Worship Gatherings
141
Creating MultiCongregational Worship Gatherings
155
Starting House Church Worship Gatherings
195
Alternative Worship Gatherings in England
209
Is Emerging Worship Simply Creating a New Generation of Christian Consumers?
225
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Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dankimball.com.

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