The Worship Maze: Finding a Style to Fit Your Church, By Paul Basden

The Worship Maze

Finding a Style to Fit Your Church

by Paul Basden

The Worship Maze
  • Length: 158 pages
  • Published: May 20, 1999
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2204
  • ISBN: 9780830822041

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Worship has become a problem.

It is the center of the Christian life, but like so much else in our kaleidoscopic late-modern world, worship has gotten complicated. Confusing. And even controversial. Church leaders and laypeople have joined the debate over "traditional," "contemporary" and a growing array of other worship styles.

Pastor (and professor) Paul Basden believes worship should be the occasion of praise and celebration, not conflict. In this book he gently, insightfully and encouragingly leads all of us bewildered church folk through today's worship maze. First he carefully delineates five prominent approaches to worship

  • liturgical
  • traditional
  • revivalist
  • praise
  • seeker-sensitive

Then he lays out the essential hallmarks of genuine worship (of any style), sifts out the strengths and weaknesses of each major style, and shows how churches can arrive at a faithful and fitting style for their own worship.

Nothing we do is more important than our gathered praise of God. Basden's sensitive, positive, much-needed book will help confused congregations restore worship to its rightful place. And it will help churches who have yet to encounter conflict over worship to road-check and fine-tune their Sunday-morning "work of the people."


Prologue: Worship as a Problem

Part 1: Crucial Questions
1. What Is Worship?
2. What About Church Growth?
3. What Are Worship Styles?

Part 2: Styles of Worship
4. Liturgical Worship
5. Traditional Worship
6. Revivalist Worship
7. Praise Worship
8. Seeker Service

Part 3: Important Issues
9. Choosing a Worship Style
10. Including All of the Elements
11. Preparing for Worship

Epilogue: Babel or Pentecost?


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Paul Basden

Paul Basden is senior pastor of Preston Trail Community Church in Texas. He formerly served as pastor at Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and as an adjunct professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, teaching in the fields of worship, pastoral theology, and eschatology. Basden is the editor of Has Our Theology Changed? and coeditor (with David S. Dockery) of The People of God: Essays on the Believers' Church.