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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2004
This book helps us understand why emerging generations are disappearing and disconnecting from our churches and some practical ideas of what to do about it. It gives very practical and detailed examples of worship services from different churches around the country, so it isn't just one model or one specific approach.
However, this book also totally challenges us to rethink what we even are supposed to do when we gather together as a church. It asks the questions about why do we preach the way we preach? Why do we use so much music lately and feel like a rock concert? Why do our church buildings feel like theaters instead of sacred spaces? The refreshing thing about this book is that it challenges us NOT to go more shallow or become seeker-sensitive to engage the hearts of emerging generations in their expressions of worship. But instead, says we should go all the more deeper in our teaching, use more Scripture, and be more unapologetically intense about our worship. It shares how to move beyond just preaching and singing to also be making our worship gatherings more interactive and participatory through ancient practices, painting art based on Scripture, creating prayer stations etc. So, if you are looking for a book about worship that is a lot different than any other book I have read about worship - and have your mind tweaked to rethink things about the church, then this is a book you will want to read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2004
I read a lot of books on the emerging church and postmodernism and all the Sweet,McLaren things which are great - but i think this is a rare type of book which actually walks through some ideas of what to do about it in my church. There is a lot of talking and guessing about culture today, but if you want to actually learn some ideas of what to do in your church to engage emerging generations, than this is a wonderful book to do so.
We have tried a lot of things, but i wish i had this book before we began trying them. I also love that it gives examples from all around the country, so we can see what is happening in a variety of churches and not just in an isolated church or one person's experience.
The detailed chapters of how to get started are exactly what we need, so i highly highly recommend this for anyone thinking of starting something new or changing what you are doing. If you are actually in ministry and serious about doing something and not just talking about it, then this book is great for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2004
Probably most people are buying this book because they are recognizing that emerging generations are disappearing from our churches and not connecting with most of our worship gatherings.
But, you better be warned... it it doesn't just tell us to play hip pop worship songs as the answer, but forces us to rethink what we are doing in worship gatherings entirely. Maybe the problem and reason we are losing so many younger people from our churches, isn't just about music style - but it is about reapproaching worship gatherings and questioning all we have done and why we do it. It is a book that doesn't just give theory either, and like "The Emerging Church" book also did, gives very practical and different examples of what worship gatherings are like that are attracting emerging generations. Not a model, but a bunch of different ways churches are doing things.
Another warning --- some senior pastors may feel uncomfortable reading this book! It challenges some of our thinking of what leadership in worship gatherings is like and also challenges the concept of video churches too for emerging generations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2005
The title of this book is about "worship", but it takes you way beyond just the normal worship type of things in most worship books. This book makes you think how the one and a half hour worship service fits within the life of the church which is what makes this book unique. But it also gives plenty of examples and advice, without stating a formula, for designing worship gatherings for emerging generations. Most churches are seeing emerging generations disappearing from their church, so this books gives hope and also is a great follow up to Kimball's first book, The Emerging Church.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2006
I just finished reading both The Emerging Church and this book and this book really was as practical as the first one in this series. I loved that the whole first part of the book was building a theology of worship based from the Bible to lay a foundation for what we are even doing with worship services.

The second part of the book was examples from several different churches, not just one, who are focusing on emerging generations. This was helpful to see differences from various emerging churches and how they are designing worship services. I liked that this book is not just one examples but several.

There are layouts of what the various worship services look like in these different emerging churches which is also what makes this book so practical and helpful.

Something I also appreciated was the warning of not creating new consumers of worship, but to stress that worship is a lifestyle. Also that we need to be watching how much focus and money we spend on a worship service in balance with what else we do in our churches and spending money on the poor and needy. I don't think I have ever read a book on worship that challenges to do this.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2005
If you are a church leader and want to reach the upcoming generation, please read this book. I was quite rigid in my seeker church mentality until I read what Dan Kimball had to say.

This book, as the title indicates, focuses on worship. If you want a broader look at how & why churches need to adapt, you might prefer to read Dan's other book: The Emerging Church.
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on June 13, 2013
For some time now my wife and I have found ourselves on the fringes of the Emergent Church but had not realized what it was, yet was drawn to it. Reading this book for me, was like illuminating a dark room. I now see what it is that has my interest.

This book also sounded a wakeup call for me. My family attends a church with close to 600 each week...but now I specifically look for the 18 - 35 year olds. They just are not there. We work with our college worship group and we have at best 10 - 15 students in attendance. Where are their friends who grew up in the church, went through primary Sunday school, Jr High and High School programs and then...leave.

I share with the college students what I have learned from this book. I ask them, where are your friends? Where are others your age? If you were a leader at this church what would you do to draw in this generation? What would you have the church look like? What style of worship do you like?

Having only just begun my journey into the emergent church, this book was extremely useful. I appreciated the solid theology at the beginning and the real life examples in the second half. The resource listing has also helped me as I continue to grow and learn. I am grateful for Dan and his heart to seek this generation as well as to help share his knowledge with others to this sad new reality.
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on April 18, 2011
Our church had been in discussions about a second service that would connect a little (or a lot) better with the next generations we are beginning to reach. This book has been just what we needed as it leads us through the important issues, questions, and relationships that need to come before starting a new service. We wound up getting several copies so each person on the leadership team could come prepared to discuss a chapter or two in our planning meetings.
The examples and anaylisis of other churches who have gone this route was very helpful and interesting. We were encouraged to plan well so that we would not wind up with people reading about us and asking, "What were they thinking?"
As a side benefit, I am implementing some of these ideas in our 'regular' worship gathering with the result that people are feeling more like participants in worship, and more connected with one another. Some have commented how meaningful some of the 'visual aids' have been.
This book helps us take a fresh look at our worship gatherings and opens our eyes to new possibilities that will enable us to take our ministry across what we thought was a generational gap, but is acutally a cultural gap.
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on October 18, 2007
We used this book as the text for a workshoop on Emerging Worship and we all found it an excellent, easy to read and understand book. Being "beyond" the age of most Emerging Worship groups we still found the book to be inspiring and stimulating. We "conducted" a short (30 minute) service for the others attending other classes and they found our service to be extremely inspirational amd planned to take some of the ideas home to their own churches to try.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
i work with younger people in church leading worship and this book not only stretched my thinking incredibly- but also didn't just leave me hanging but gave so much practical help. i think this is why i liked this book so much, is that it very helpful to understanding worship in our emerging culture. i highly recommend it.
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