Have you ever heard someone say the worship service feels more like a concert than a worship service? We may initially judge the comment as insensitive or out of touch, but in fact, there may be theological implications behind what they are experiencing. We will take a look at the differences between Congregational and Festival Worship Gatherings and the type of leader needed for both.
Congregational vs. Festival Worship
Presented by Steven Brooks
Executive Director, Worship Quest Ministries l Adjunct Professor, Gateway Seminary
Worship Quest Ministries l Gateway Seminary
Steven Brooks is a Professor, Author, and Pastor. He has a passion for training, equipping, and mentoring worship leaders with an emphasis on spiritual formation.
Steven teaches at Azusa Pacific University and Gateway Seminary, and serves as a worship pastor in Huntington Beach, California. He is the author of two books, Worship Quest: An Exploration of Worship Leadership (Wipf and Stock, 2015) and Worship Formation: A Call to Embrace Christian Growth in Each Element of the Worship Service (Wipf and Stock, 2020).
Steven also founded and is Executive Director of Worship Quest Ministries (worshipquest.net), which serves as a resource for worship renewal and spiritual formation in the global Christian church.
Go Deeper with Steven Brooks' Book
Worship Quest serves as a guide to understanding foundational questions about worship and leading in worship. Worship Quest offers a practical perspective on four roles of worship leadership and how they are to be fulfilled within various worship gatherings. For those called to lead in worship as well as those tasked with hiring worship leaders, it is important to understand the roles of worship leadership. Worship Quest helps readers come to understand the different worship gatherings and the various roles of worship leadership, and thus successfully fulfill God’s call of leading in worship.
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