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Product Details

  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: CHURCH PUBLISHING INC (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898696232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898696233
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.<br /><br />"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<br /><br />"Crafting a handbook of lasting value is no easy task, requiring the skill to weave detailed practical guidance with invitations to explore the spiritual depths of music in worship and enlarge our vision of mature Christian community. Clergy and congregational leaders who use Bill Roberts' book together will enjoy the company of a vastly experienced and genial guide whose insights may help them open up a new era for their communities." --The Rev. Martin L. Smith, Sr. Associate Rector, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

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

About the Author

William Bradley Roberts is an ordained minister and an associate professor of church music at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is in demand as a composer, speaker, and workshop leader. He has served in parishes in Washington, DC, Arizona, and California. He was a founding member of the Leadership Program for Musicians and a curriculum writer for this multi-denominational organization.

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William Bradley Roberts (B.A., M.C.M., D.M.A.) is Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) in Alexandria. Previously he was Director of Music at St. John's, Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he was in similar positions in Tucson, Ariz., Newport Beach, Calif., Louisville, Ky., and Houston, Tex. While in Southern California, Roberts sang with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Active in the work of the Episcopal Church, he has served as Chair of the Standing Commission on Church Music, Chair of the Leadership Program for Musicians, and a board member of the Anglican Musicians Seminary Music Initiative, as well as the AAM Mentoring Task Force. He authored the original LPM curriculum "Voice Training for Choirs." Dr. Roberts is a composer of choral music with works published by Augsburg-Fortress, Church Publishing, GIA, Paraclete, St. James Music Press and Selah. He has done sabbatical study in music at two monasteries in France, Solesmes and Taizé, as well as with vocal pedagogue Richard Miller and with composer Alice Parker. Roberts does frequent workshops in the areas of choral techniques, children's choirs, and the spirituality of Taizé. He has conducted numerous performances of major works for chorus and orchestra. He is author of the book "Music and Vital Congregations," published by Church Publishing, New York.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leslie jg on April 29, 2011
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I read this book as a church musician. I recommend it for both clergy and musicians. Lots of practical information as well as inspirational. Well written with a nice flow.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on October 9, 2014
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As a clergy person that treasures church music, I found this book to be terrible.

It is poorly written in a fashion where it matches the way one would speak it. This makes it hard to read and hard to take seriously. The content of this book is simply not worth it. This is not a "practical guide", it is merely common sense for dealing with people in the church music context. It seems as if this work was originally just an essay that was put into a book.

Roberts takes an obviously slant towards musicians over clergy in the clergy-musician relationships. He also makes radical leaps in the examples used in the book. "The state of clergy-musician relationships in today's churches is often abysmally bad, making us want to echo Rodney King's plaintive question after the horrendous LA uprising of 1992, "Can't we all just get along?"". Roberts book is offensive to clergy and musicians alike for its lack of truth telling.

The book is simply not worth it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hoelscher on July 15, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by my spiritual director because I'm not a big fan of church music. The fact that the author is a church musician didn't help my "reality check." But I must say that I learned a bit about the other side of the music dilemma and have loaned the book to my rector. What I must keep in mind is that I am not the "normal or average" church attendee; so my opinions must be tempered with that in mind.
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