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The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader Paperback – November 15, 2010
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It is a very personal book, written by a very wise and intuitive man of God. He shares thoughtful stories illuminating the process of creating significant, transformative worship experiences. He asks critical questions. He leaves room for exploration, imagination and reflection.
Mark has written this book the same way he would curate a worship event that allows the participant to encounter and draw into a deeper relationship with God. This book is Christocentric. It is inspiring, encouraging and will have a profound effect on your ministry.
Every church leader, pastor, worship leader/curator, and church member that aspires to participate in an authentic community of Christ should read this book.
He encourages you to think outside the usual Sunday morning "worship" standard of singing songs led by a band (or choir or orchestra), simple media presentation, sermon, announcements, etc. He's heavily influenced by art itself, and suggests incorporating that into our worship. Use various stations around a room (or outside) where people can spend time meditating, following instructions you give them. Stations can be pieces of artwork to reflect upon, communion tables, drawing stations, listening stations, and whatever else you and your team and come up with.
Mark does a great job of warning against simply copying the ideas in the book. Rather, he says let those ideas inspire you to come up with your own ideas that fit your specific congregational context. His whole point is to engage the congregation in hands-on, interactive, experiential worship. Just transplanting a curation that worked well in New Zealand into your Southern Baptist traditional church could have disastrous effects. That's why it's so important to know your congregation and what they're ready for. But with that said, don't be afraid to stretch them either.
So I would say this is a must read for every worship leader. It'll definitely stretch your preconceived ideas of what effective worship leading is, even if you don't agree with his philosophy. Take what you can from it, as not all of it (or in some cases, most of it) will be applicable to your church or situation. Let it inspire you to reconsider how you lead worship and engage your congregation in experiencing worship, even if you never curate a single art installation.
Another reviewer expressed a problem with Pierson's example of repeatedly using water instead of wine or grape juice for communion/Eucharist in various worship settings. Pierson also repeatedly stresses the importance of respecting the context of the worshipping community in curating worship. That means the worshipping community that already attends worship, at least to begin with, and some of the most vocal critics of worship creativity (change) and innovation (although Pierson encourages curators not to submit to the tyranny of these lowest common denominators, even as we listen to them and make space for them). In short, Pierson does not advocate changing wine or juice into water for everyone, but uses this element as a real world example of the kind of change curation can employ.
Pierson's book is filled with practical examples and suggestions for expanding the role or worship leader beyond solo performance to community (Pentecostal) collaboration, in the spirit of Paul's description of worship in 1 Corinthians 14:26ff.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is hard to discern when we are honoring tradition and when we are simply stuck, unwilling if not unable to move in our spiritual lives. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RevTommy
This is an incredible resource for anyone planning worship services! It has challenged me in many ways!Published 10 months ago by Grace Marie Ward
This book has some great applicable ideas and an insightful approach to environmental art in worship. I liked his creative process.Published 13 months ago by Morp
I bought this book because I was going to a Pastor School. It was a mandatory read. Very good book, I would recommend to anyone that has any part of planning a worship servicePublished 21 months ago by Larry
This writing is a distillation of experience, unrest and wisdom about curating worship arising out of and reflecting peoples lived experience. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Mr Robert John Hanks
Very interesting read. It is an interesting concept - the creation of orders of worship is likened to being an art or museum curator. Well worth the read.Published on November 13, 2013 by Daniel L Poole
No pat answers or plans: challenges the readers creativity. I am delighted with the author and book. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Lola wolfe
Prepare to really think about why you do what you do. Prepare to be challenged about why your church services look the way they do.Published on October 23, 2013 by Will