21 Highly Recommended Books for New Worship Leaders

“Every service is a structure of acts and words through which we rceive a sacrament, or repent, or supplicate, or adore. And it enables us to do these things best–if you like, it ‘works’ best–when, through long familiarity, we don’t have to think about it. As long as you notice, and have to count, the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance.” ― C.S. Lewis

In no particular order, here are SOME of the highly recommended books for new worship leaders and team members.

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1. Worship Leaders: We Are Not Rock Stars

Why do you lead worship?

Often the motives are mixed. You find yourself wanting to point people to Jesus but also feeling a desire to be noticed and praised, to make yourself the center of attention.

Stephen Miller is the worship pastor for a large church of young, energetic Christians. He and his band record albums and lead worship for conferences all over the country. He knows the temptation to make himself the show, to pursue fame, to seek the applause of other people. And he has learned to want nothing to do with it.

Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN-10: 0802409865
ISBN-13: 978-0802409867

In this book, Miller exhorts his fellow worship leaders to make Jesus the center of all their efforts. He teaches how to do this with Scripture, teaching, prayer, story, and song. In all, Miller’s call for worship leaders is to lead worship, whole-hearted and whole-minded exalting of God, rather than making a spectacle out of it.

Worship Leaders, We’re Not Rock Stars will encourage and challenge worship leaders by clarifying their purpose and identity, and by doing so will bless those they lead.

2. The Worship Pastor: A Call To Ministry For Worship Leaders And Teams

Modern worship leaders are restless. They have inherited a model of leadership that equates leading worship with being a rock star. But leading worship is more than a performance, it’s about shaping souls and making disciples. Every worship leader is really a pastor.

The Worship Pastor is a practical and biblical introduction to this essential pastoral role. Filled with engaging, illustrative stories it is organized to address questions of theory and practice, striving to balance conversational accessibility with informed instruction.

Publisher: Zondervan
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ASIN: B01CXDN2TC

  • Part One presents a series of evocative “vignettes”–intriguing and descriptive titles and metaphors of who a Worship Pastor is and what he or she does. It shows the Worship Pastor as Church-Lover, Disciple Maker, Corporate Mystic, and Doxological Philosopher.
  • Part Two covers specific roles related to ministry within the worship service itself–the Worship Pastor as Theological Dietician, Caregiver, Mortician, Emotional Shepherd, War General, Prophetic Guardian, Missional Historian, and Liturgical Architect.
  • Part Three looks at ministry beyond the worship service–the Worship Pastor as Visionary Teacher, Evangelist, Artist Chaplain, and Team Leader.

While some worship leaders are eager to embrace their pastoral role, many are lost and confused or lack the resources of time or money to figure out what this role looks like. Pastor Zac Hicks gives us a clear guide to leading worship, one that takes the pastoral call seriously.

3. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services

There are many books available on the topic of worship today, but few provide a comprehensive, practical method for worship design.

Constance M. Cherry, a worship professor and practitioner, provides worship leaders with credible blueprint plans for successfully designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community.

Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B00B85COV4

Readers will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers of all ages in the twenty-first century. The book sets forth basic principles concerning worship design and demonstrates how these principles are conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. It will also work well as a guide for worship-planning teams in local churches and provide insight for worship students, pastors, and church leaders involved in congregational worship.

4. Worship Quest: An Exploration of Worship Leadership

Worship Quest serves as a guide to understanding foundational questions about worship and leading in worship. Worship Quest offers a practical perspective on four roles of worship leadership and how they are to be fulfilled within various worship gatherings.

For those called to lead in worship as well as those tasked in hiring worship leaders, it is important to understand the roles of worship leadership. Worship Quest helps readers come to understand the different worship gatherings and the various roles of worship leadership, and thus successfully fulfill God’s call of leading in worship.

Publisher: Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers
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ASIN: B00UZFZRTO

Steven Brooks is a Worship Pastor and Professor of Worship in Southern California. He has a passion for the local church and a desire for training, equipping, and mentoring worship leaders. He is also the founder of Worship Quest Ministries, which provides resources and training for worship renewal in churches at www.worshipquestministries(.)com.

5. Sound Check: How Worship Teams Can Pursue Authenticity, Excellence, and Purpose

Author Kurtis Parks understands the realities of being a worship leader. In Sound Check he offers insights about:

  • What it means to worship with authenticity
  • How to cast a vision of excellence for a worship team
  • Ways to rely on the Holy Spirit in leading worship
  • Practical approaches to spiritual disciplines
  • What to do about the ongoing struggle of separating performance and worship
  • How seeking God’s presence leads to hearing His voice

ISBN: 0781414636
Publisher: David C. Cook
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ASIN: B01L36TBD6

Parks’s powerful message is that when worship leaders cultivate a private life of worship, God will prepare them to lead from the stage.

6. The Six Hats of the Worship Leader

You can wear a hat, share a hat, or give a hat away.

Many church leadership books today seem to focus heavily on the language of the corporate world. Throw a creative worship leader into the mix and vertigo sets in for all involved. Why? Creative leaders simply think differently.

If you want to learn how to better explain your worship leadership to those in charge, this book is for you. If your role is leading worship leaders, the language shared in this book aims to help you take your team to their next level.

Publisher: Rich Kirkpatrick
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ASIN: B00IPOPN9Q

7. More Than a Worship Leader

More Than A Worship Leader is a challenge and encouragement to those who lead worship to be more. In today’s church world, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of performing for people, instead loving them off and on the stage.

This book explores these dynamics off stage, on stage and even promotes the idea of being up-staged as a worship leader. In an age when worship leaders are known primarily for their skill and style, this is a call for them to be known more for their heart.

ISBN: 1548826324
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ASIN: B075BMYZNV

Gary Durbin has been leading worship for more than 20 years and has been in full time local church ministry for over 15 years. The philosophies and insights of this book are a product of his experiences in multiple ministries and churches he’s led in and been a part of. It is a valuable tool for those who are just getting started and a great reminder for those who are veterans. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, it’s a great opportunity to grow with those on your worship team as well.

The heart behind this book is clear. It’s not about a stage. It’s not about a title. It’s not even about a song. It’s about loving God and loving people. Don’t settle for being in front of people. Be in the lives of people. It’s so much more than a song and you can be more than a worship leader.

8. Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

Sing! has grown from Keith and Kristyn Getty’s passion for congregational singing; it’s been formed by their traveling and playing and listening and discussing and learning and teaching all over the world. 

And in writing it, they have five key aims: 

• to discover why we sing and the overwhelming joy and holy privilege that comes with singing
• to consider how singing impacts our hearts and minds and all of our lives

Publisher: B&H Books
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ASIN: B076K2BH16

• to cultivate a culture of family singing in our daily home life
• to equip our churches for wholeheartedly singing to the Lord and one another as an expression of unity
• to inspire us to see congregational singing as a radical witness to the world

They have also added a few “bonus tracks” at the end with some more practical suggestions for different groups who are more deeply involved with church singing.

God intends for this compelling vision of His people singing—a people joyfully joining together in song with brothers and sisters around the world and around his heavenly throne—to include you. He wants you,he wants us, to sing.

9. True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

The question is not “Are you a worshiper?” but rather “What kind of a worshiper are you?”

In True Worshipers, Bob Kauflin, a seasoned pastor and musician, opens our eyes to the massive significance of being the type of worshiper God is seeking. Rooted in the gospel of grace and filled with practical application, this book aims to connect Sunday morning to the rest of your life—helping you fulfill your calling to be a true worshiper each and every day.

Publisher: Crossway
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ASIN: B00XWDQZ8S

10. The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World

What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God?

We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey?

Publisher: IVP Books
Publication Date: January 8, 2016
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ASIN: B01BDW9AF4

Innovative worship leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue.

Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God’s invitation for all peoples to praise him.

When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God’s good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our king, and let the nations rejoice!

11. How To Worship a King: Prepare Your Heart. Prepare Your World. Prepare The Way.

Worship is more than music. It is the impetus for everything we do as Christians.  It is expressed through every action of our lives and helps us become more Christlike.

When we learn to worship God through our life, we become better Christians, ministers, musicians, parents, and mechanics.

Transform every area of your life through worship.

ISBN: 1629985899
Publisher: Charisma House
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ASIN: B00X2ZTK24

This book unfolds a holistic view of worship so that you can experience peace, joy, and the richness of living in God’s presence. Be drawn to the heart of God as you explore answers to important questions such as:

  • What are praise and worship, and what is my part in them?  
  • If I’m not a musician or singer, how can I be a worship leader?
  • What does the Bible teach about how we come into the presence of God and how we lead other people into the presence of God?

12. The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide for You and Your Ministry Team

Over 100,000 sold!* Great for individuals and teams* Includes provocative discussion questions’I wish I had your gift!’How do you handle those words as a creative artist? Somewhere between pride and self-abasement lies true humility—just one aspect of the balanced character God wants to instill in you as an actor, a musician, a visual artist, or other creative person involved in ministry.

God is interested in your art and your heart.

Publisher: Zondervan
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ISBN-10: 0310224713
ISBN-13: 978-0310224716
ASIN: B00165EXQU

The Heart of the Artist deals head-on with issues every person in an arts ministry faces: * Servant hood Versus Stardom* Excellence Versus Perfectionism* The Spiritual Disciplines of the Artist* The Artist in Community . . . and more

The Heart of the Artist will give you a better understanding of yourself and your unique place in the body of Christ. You’ll find wisdom and encouragement that can help you survive the challenges and reap the rich joys of a ministry in the creative arts.’Breathtakingly personal, practical, and poignant.’—Timothy Tie, New York, New York’

PROMO: If you purchase any items (promo date: until April 10, 2019 only) from my Amazon Affiliate links, I will give 10 Free Premium PowerPoint Worship Slides for every 1 item purchased with an amount of at least $5. This promo is up to 3 items purchases only for 30 Premium PPTX Worship Slides. Just snip image the amount paid (erase your personal data!!!) and send to me HERE, and i will send the files to you. Thank you.

Where are the other books?

This post is developing, and a long one. Please, share your favorite book/s on worship and I will add it to the list. Thank you.

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