"This book is instructive and useful. Built on solid biblical and theological principles that liturgical scholars have tested and found trustworthy for generations, The Worship Architect is a welcome contribution."--Timothy Matthew Slemmons, Interpretation
There are many books available on the topic of worship today, but few provide a comprehensive, practical method for worship design. In The Worship Architect, worship professor and practitioner Constance Cherry offers current and prospective worship leaders a blueprint for designing worship services that foster meaningful conversation with God and the gathered community.
The metaphor of an architect is used throughout the book to illustrate how persons responsible for worship in the local church function similarly to architects: They envision the concept, do the ground work, develop a plan, establish the framework, create focal points of beauty, and design it all with a special purpose in mind. In the case of worship, the purpose is for the community to be in relationship with the one true God through Jesus Christ. This book provides a reliable architectural plan for designing worship on a weekly basis. It sets forth basic principles and demonstrates how those principles are conducive to virtually any style of worship practiced today in a myriad of Christian communities. Readers will learn how to create services that are faithful to Scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers of all ages in the twenty-first century.
Professors and students in worship courses will appreciate the book's thorough and systematic approach, while pastors, church leaders, and worship planning teams will value its practical guidance on structuring a worship service.