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Worship Evangelism Paperback – January 3, 1999
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'...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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Dated in many ways, this book still offers some good principles for designing worship for believers that also reaches seekers and nonbelievers.Published 6 months ago by Steve Campbell
Sally has written articles thst she recants this book and rethinks worship as evangelism you might want to search the net to read her newer materialsPublished 16 months ago by Ronda Dycus
it was good but not excellent. I would reconmend it to all Pastors that are outreached focused or all laymen like myself that want to make the worship service more meaningful. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Alfred Janssen
This was an amazing book. Young people should read it to learn about how there parents reacted to the Worship Movement, (that has never left) and the baby bommers should read it... Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by MD
Sally Morgenthaler's Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God, provides a wealth of knowledge concerning the evangelistic... Read more
How did we get to a point where worship services are designed to meet different audiences? I think that is wrong! Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Scholarly, to the point and well written for readers of any background. Morgenthaler makes her points, backs them up with concrete data, examples and evidence on everything she... Read morePublished on May 9, 2008 by Philip W. Atkinson
"Worship Evangelism" is a must read for leader's in the church, the body of Christ. Morgenthaler writes from the perspective of a Christ follower who, like so many of us, has said,... Read morePublished on August 14, 2007 by Gregory Fisher
One Word Review: Evangelistic
I'm interested in worship, but I don't read music and I'm a dirty Lutheran so I don't have much background with "evangelical" worship... Read more