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'Sally Morgenthaler has given us the best guidebook I have seen toward this understanding [of the radical changes occurring in Christian worship].' -- C. Peter Wagner|'...clearly one of the most important books on worship in the generation....Her exploration of 'buster' worship is essential reading for those who want to develop a new generation of believers and leaders....Morgenthaler has sounded a prophetic wake-up call....Believers must yield mind, heart and soul to God and thus enable seekers to become worshipers and believers. This book is must reading for church leaders who want to make that connection.' -- John Throop|''Worship Evangelism' is the most significant book on 21st-century worship published in the 20th century.' -- Leonard Sweet, , Author|''Worship Evangelism strikes at the heart of a very important current issue. Morgenthaler shows us that evangelism does not have to be severed from worship as though there is no relationship between the two. True worship is characterized by a converting power - what the ancient church called the 'real presence'; what the contemporary church calls the 'manifest presence.'' -- Robert E. Webber, , Professor|'In a day and age when people are desperately wanting and needing to 'taste and see that the Lord is good,' God has provided people like Sally Morgenthaler to point the way. I highly recommend this book to anyone responsible for ushering people into the presence of God.' -- Don Cousins, , Founder and President

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Worship Evangelism pinpoints the vital place of worship in winning non-Christians to Jesus Christ. Sally Morgenthaler calls Christians to consider the remarkable, untapped potential of worship as an opportunity for unbelievers, not just believers, to encounter the presence of God. Combining the best of traditional and contemporary worship music and practices, Morgenthaler helps pastors, worship leaders, and musicians understand worship and its attraction for non-Christians; tear down walls that keep unbelievers from meeting God in church worship; and make worship evangelism happen--in any culture. This timely book offers fresh vision for worship evangelism and provides the strategies and practical resources to implement it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031022649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310226499
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sally Morgenthaler is a worship consultant, speaker, and writer. Formerly a church worship coordinator, she now leads seminars on worship throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Littleton, Colorado.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark S Krenz on September 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Worship Evangelism Morgenthaler presents a comprehensive case for understanding the powerful witness of the church at worship in evoking life transformation among non-believers in the midst. Morgenthaler does not see worship evangelism as the only way to lead others to Christ. Rather, the strong witness of Christians participating in powerful, authentic, worship has often been neglected as a viable method for evangelism. Worship has traditionally been practiced as the exclusive right of the saved to the exclusion of unbelievers. Unbelievers were to be reached by evangelistic events or other targeted programs, but not worship.
Morgenthaler begins this idea of worship evangelism in the understanding that seekers are looking for an encounter with God, and the church is where they should find it. "They are hungry to see evidence of God at work in our hearts" (40)! If this is so, evangelism is a natural outgrowth.
The section in chapter three discussing what it means to worship in spirit and in truth was very insightful. Our desire for truth grows out of our worship in the spirit. In turn, our worship in truth which brings us to a greater understanding of who God is enlivens and broadens our worship in spirit.
In her chapter discussing the reasons for worship evangelism, Morgenthaler underscores that Christians and seekers find common ground at the foot of the cross, and so it is in worship. She sees worship as a great "leveler." In public worship, all must come before God broken and in need of restoration. There is room and a place for all in worship.
Morgenthaler dedicates a significant portion of the book to application of her theories. Many helpful tips and suggestions are included.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Hone on September 8, 2001
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In Worship Evangelism, Sally Morgenthaler builds a framework of understanding the evangelical potential of worship. While many churches seek to separate worship and evangelism under the notion that unbelievers cannot know and experience the things of God, Morgenthaler argues for the blending of these two important faith areas. Unbelievers will be draw to faith through witnessing genuine worship (1999:9).
Morgenthaler takes exception with the current "seeker-friendly" service which supposedly attracts the unchurched without exposing them to "worship." Through extensive research Morgenthaler shows the steady decline of these churches and a generation hungry for worship that inspires and ultimately reaches the unchurched.
According to Morgenthaler, effective corporate worship needs four basic elements (essentials): (1) Nearness - a sense of God's presence; (2) Knowledge - worship centered on Christ; (3) Vulnerability - opening up to God; and (4) Interaction - participating in a relationship with God and others (1999:96-97).
While Morgenthaler gives some practical "hands-on" material, much of her work is devoted to building a solid theological and cultural foundation for worship evangelism.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on July 21, 2002
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This book is easily summarized in the following statement: True Christian worship is a powerful tool of evangelism, contrary to the common perception that seekers services are the only way to mass-evangelize in the 21st century.
Morgenthaler again and again emphasizes this point throughout her work. I agree wholeheartedly with her conclusion, but wish she had chosen a better means to support it. This volume draws heavily upon the sociological definitions of "boomer" and "buster." It interviews various worship leaders to get their perspectives on what is currently effective for them in ministry. It rambles in an almost endless explanation of what is required to reach "Seeker Bob" and "Shopper Bruce."
The bottom line here is that Morgenthaler's destination is commendable. Genuine worship CAN reach the unchurched for Christ. Her method of getting the reader to that destination however, is mediocre at best and could stand much improvement.
I would recommend that if anyone is interesting in learning more about this book, borrow, don't buy. Skim, don't read. The time and energy spent in covering every page would be better invested elsewhere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon H. Clark on August 9, 2001
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Sally Morgenthaler began the "Preface" of Worship Evangelism with these words: "This is a book about worship paradigms . . . The central paradigm of this book is that our worship either affirms or contradicts our message about God." (9). Throughout the text Morgenthaler's provocative questions ask the reader to affirm the worship experience as one that is authentic not synthetic, life-changing not a quick fix, effective not just practical, of lasting value not merely a rapturous happening. Real worship is connecting with God.
The process of connecting with God is an individual experience. It also may happen in congregational settings. In the first one hundred pages, Morgenthaler offered several definitive statements. Five of them are: (1) "The true goal of evangelism is to produce more and better worshippers" (39). (2) "Spirit and truth must be fundamental building blocks of any valid worship experience" (47). (3) "Worship, in the final analysis, means change" (52). (4) "God sees every person as a potential worshiper" (83). (5) "Worship evangelism happens when we allow worship to be what it was meant to be - `a resource for incomplete and broken mankind to find completion and wholeness in His Presence" (93).
No doubt, when anyone intentionally sets time aside to worship the next time, it is as though for the first time. However adept at communicating with God someone is, the next time is the first time for this time.
The experience of qualitative congregational worship is partially the result of familiarity with the mechanics of knowing what to expect to do. It is partially the result of joining with other worshippers with the intention to engage in public acts of prayer, singing, and active listening.
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