In worship, as in physics, actions and responses are interconnected, and immensely powerful!
Protestant Worship: A Multisensory Introduction for Students and Practitioners is most useful in the enhanced e-book format.
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Students and leaders of worship strive to plan and lead worship well, in all sorts of circumstances. They and their fellow worshippers seek to experience a deep connection with God and with each other. In some ways, worship is about just that: connection. Protestant Worship: A Multisensory Introduction for Students and Practitioners teaches and actually demonstrates how the actions, reactions, outpourings and responses of a worship service are all part of a powerfully interwoven and ever-evolving whole.
Author Wes Allen uses the analogy of physics—with its concepts of the big bang, time, space, matter, energy and chaos—to teach beginning and practicing worship leaders the fundamentals of Protestant worship.
Many worship textbooks are written from a high liturgical perspective, weighted toward historical tradition; this approach often seems irrelevant for students and worship designers who will be planning and leading worship in the evolving twenty-first century church. Other books lean toward the most basic “how-to”, emphasizing contemporary and practical aspects of worship leadership, but offering little historical or theological foundation beyond scripture. Protestant Worship provides a rich and deep foundation, and practical and immediately useful instruction.
“This book is a solid, practical introduction to Protestant worship. In a day and age when the term worship can be less-than-precise, Wesley Allen offers a clear introduction to the history, theology, and practice of Protestant worship that is both tradition-honoring and context-appropriate. Working from the concept of worship as a human-divine conversation, Allen introduces the elements of worship and how they fit together to create pastorally appropriate worship for the Lord’s Day, as well as occasional services such as weddings and funerals. And for this book, the medium and the message are coherent: whether hard copy or ebook, it serves as a portal to a well-curated portfolio of sources on the web. The result is a valuable resource for the classroom or for the church.”
—Todd E. Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, and Theological Director of the Brehm Center, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Teachers often use analogy—the comparison of one thing to another—to lead students to that all-important “aha moment.” In Protestant Worship, author O. Wesley Allen Jr. uses the analogy of physics—with its concepts of the big bang, time, space, matter, energy, and chaos—to explain the actions, reactions, outpourings, and responses of a worship service. Instead of the high liturgical perspective in which many worship textbooks are written, Allen’s practical and immediately useful instruction provides a rich and deep foundation, helping both beginning and practicing worship leaders not only understand the fundamentals of Protestant worship more fully, but also become equipped to plan and lead worship well.