Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars
By Stephen Miller (Moody, 2013)
The Facts: For some worship leaders, success looks like a rabid fan base, radio airtime, and a record deal. Stephen Miller, worship pastor at The Journey in St. Louis, Missouri, hopes to rewrite that definition by asking worship leaders a simple question: What are we? His answers to that question range from the obvious—we are worshipers, liturgists, and artists—to the unexpected—we are theologians. Ultimately, his definition, while multi-dimensional, is profoundly straightforward: worship leaders are simply Christians, using their particular gifts and passions to worship God and bless Christ's body. Included with the short book is a free download of Miller's new album, All Hail the King, which combines his original compositions with several revamped hymns.
The Slant: The glare of the Sunday-morning spotlight has obscured the true nature of the worship leader's true calling, Miller believes. He seeks to remove the veneer, uncovering the true splendor of this holy calling. His conversational tone and timely illustrations make this a perfect gift for young, up-and-coming worship leaders, but any pastor feeling trapped by the culture of "celebrity preachers" will benefit from Miller's wisdom, too.—Kyle Rohane
Raising 1st century churches out of the ashes of the 21st century church
By Peyton Jones (Cook, 2013)
The Facts: Peyton Jones, founding coach of New Breed Church Planting, calls for a restructuring of the church around church planting. Jones believes business thinking and megachurch models are hurting the church. He challenges churches to replace their empire-building mentality with a cutting-edge, risk-taking, rebel ...