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Endorsements of Music and Vital Congregations: A Practical Guide for Clergy William Bradley Roberts has written a wise and faithful book on church music, one that speaks not only to clergy but also to all leaders concerned about the vital ministry of music in the church. He speaks knowledgeably to a wide range of concerns, from the practicalities of establishing a music program to the vexing question of conflict over musical styles, and always with a balanced viewpoint and a steady hand. Every pastor and every church musician ought to read this book and then talk together about the issues it raises.” —Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Written by an ordained and supremely gifted musician and teacher, this book provides a clear blueprint for everyone engaged in the worship of the church. Bill Roberts writes with an open and generous spirit of musical diversity, healthy working relationships and mutual support. He gives practical ideas for dealing with music for weddings and funerals, ways to involve children, and a variety of topics facing every church. "Music and Vital Congregations" is filled with wonderful stories and most of all, a wise and compassionate perspective. It is deeply inspiring. —Dr. Marilyn Keiser, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Music, Indiana University, and Music Director, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, Ind.
William Bradley Roberts has given clergy and congregations a gift in the form of Music and Vital Congregations: A Practical Guide for Clergy. In a few more than one hundred pages, this seasoned music minister and professor introduces the core issues clergy need to understand in order to lead their congregations toward a healthy philosophy and ministry of music. His chapter on classical versus popular music sets the so-called ‘worship wars’ in proper perspective. Every clergy, and many laity, should read this practical and thoughtful book. —Michael J. Clingenpeel, Pastor, River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, VA.
. . . An important document that needs to be read by clergy and musicians all over the country. I just wish I could say, must be read, and provide the means by which it would happen! —Raymond Glover, Editor, the Hymnal 1982, emeritus professor of church music, Virginia Theological Seminary
Roberts shares with his readers a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through his 35 years as a parish musician working with 13 clergy. Roberts conveys his experience gained in a variety of denominational and liturgical settings, in an accessible and humorous style. . . . Despite this book’s clergy-centric subtitle, clergy and parish musicians should consider reading it together and discussing each chapter. Roberts has produced a sincere and sensible book that deserves to be read by all involved in the Church’s worship. Richard Haigh, Cape Town, South Africa From a review in The Living Church