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The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader [Kindle Edition]

Mark Pierson , Dan Kimball
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Book Description

The Art of Curating Worship promotes a new vocabulary to help worship curators work out how and why and where worship can best engage their community, inside and outside the church, in transformative encounters with God.

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'This book is inspiring, exciting and should be in the hands of everyone who contributes to any sort of worship.' -- Mirand Threlfall-Holmes, Christianity magazine

About the Author

Mark Pierson is a registered minister of the Baptist family of Churches in New Zealand. He regularly curates worship for conferences and churches. Mark has led many seminars on worship curaton in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of Europe.

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  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sparkhouse Press (November 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Mark Pierson doesn't just talk about what it is to curate worship. This well written and thorough book blends theory, theology, practical advice, ideas, examples and challenges in a very humble and vulnerably honest way.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Language for Designing Worship December 21, 2010
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I have heard many question our current worship vocabulary and cry out for a new language that helps us better reflect the glory of God. Mark offers a new approach to leading worship and without using elitist language or ideas that are bound to one particular style. If you are a pastor, musician, technician, artist, VJ, volunteer or anyone involved in leading worship gatherings, this book is a must read.

As one who focuses on the visual layer of worship events, I really connected with Mark's thought on being a "maker of context" rather than just a "presenter of content". There is so much more to leading worship than singing songs from a stage and running slides with pretty backgrounds! This book has given me a new framework for creativity and has opened my eyes to new possibilities for worship.

Not only is this one of the most amazing books I have ever read, but I know Mark personally, and he has become one of my favorite people ever. He is an amazing friend and mentor!

Stephen Proctor
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Curating Stations December 16, 2010
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2010 has been a Sparkhouse year. Sparkhouse is an imprint of Augsburg Fortress, and this past year they have published some stellar resources, including my personal favorite, re:form, a confirmation curriculum (they also published a great VBS we used this summer, re:new, and a book on Church in the Inventive Age by Doug Pagitt). I actually think the re:form confirmation curriculum is the best confirmation curriculum I've seen, ever!

When I learned they were also working on a new resource for worship planning (Clayfire), I was thrilled, and immediately ordered the book that I think is launching the series, Mark Pierson's The Art of Curating Worship.

All of this is by way of saying that I was predisposed to be sympathetic to the book, and open to the ideas in it. I'm honestly a fan of resources published by Augsburg Fortress, and a supporter of the innovative directions Sparkhouse is taking as a publishing arm of our church.

So then I actually started reading the book. Here's where I started hitting some major speed-bumps. I am still excited about Pierson's re-thinking worship leadership as worship curation, because it bring greater focus to the environment and space in which worship takes place than other traditional titles such as cantor, preacher, presider, or worship leader. Cantors focus more on the music, preachers on the word, presiders on space but focused on the meal, and worship leaders also typically focus on the content of prayers and music.

The term curator is preferable for a variety of reasons, itemized well in Pierson's book, but I especially like the term because it draws attention to the overall environment, and also has analogies with how curation is done in museums, etc, where the goal is to bring to life that which has gone before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom and struggle April 11, 2014
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This writing is a distillation of experience, unrest and wisdom about curating worship arising out of and reflecting peoples lived experience. Mark has a way of giving urgency, gravity and appropriate homage to different struggles towards people reclaiming their 'thin places' and stories of God
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best worship idea thinking November 2, 2013
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No pat answers or plans: challenges the readers creativity. I am delighted with the author and book. Only a few chapters into the book, some ideas coincided with a special mission project at church and inspired a service with active participation. I'm curating yet another active service and talking with other people to be involved in the curating process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to Think October 23, 2013
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars invitation to worship in every sense August 31, 2013
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Pierson invites those of us who plan worship to consider ourselves as artists whose medium is worship, and to see artists within and beyond the church as catalysts for a new way of seeing, incarnating, and experiencing the presence of the holy (perhaps even the presence of God) in the fabric of life. He spells out the lexicon and practical, hands-on understanding of worship curation in a way that Jonny Baker (in his very fine interview/anthology "Curating Worship") does not, although I think Baker's book goes much farther in introducing neophytes like me to the breadth and diversity of worship curation, collaboration, and rationale. Pierson's book is filled with practical, useful testimony.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, I would recommend to anyone that has ...
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 service
Published 22 days ago by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction.
Pierson gives a foundational introduction to what it means to approach worship as something that is far more deep and rich than 3 songs and a sermon. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MBritton
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberating
This book came at the perfect time to revive my passion for worship and give me hope that we can break out of the performance based, song-sermon-song sandwich rut that I've felt... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Arthur Deitrich, JR
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that stretches you
If nothing else, "The Art of Curating Worship" will stretch you as a worship leader. I've been leading worship in church settings for 11 years, and I've never considered half the... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by L. Deutschendorf
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
As a lay leader considering how to shape a youth worship service, and a lay leader concerned about stagnation in the regular service, I found this book exciting and fascinating. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Anne Boynton
4.0 out of 5 stars Worship Gathering Questions and Suggestions
Mark Pierson is a pastor from New Zealand who has been engaging and developing community worship gatherings since the eighties. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by James Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Curating Worship
While his vocabulary for worship still feels like a stretch to me, his methods & beliefs behind worship leadership resonate with me! Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by Katherine
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