Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders by Greg Scheer is a worthwhile read and study if looking to reevaluate or launch a music worship element in a church or church program (e.g. youth gatherings). The author does a masterful job of attempting to avoid taking an either-or approach to an often controversial area of ministry.
The struggle with the book is that there are so many topics touched and talked about as being important to consider – to the point that the reader can feel like it is impossible to actually live out the principles laid out in the book.
Despite the complications and nuances of the book that can be a bit overwhelming, the book is one to keep on the bookcase for reference after the first read/study.
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