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In Volume 2 of his Worship Leader training series, William Hooper starts by defining what worship is: God’s revelation in Jesus Christ and our response to that revelation in awe, reverence and obedient service. From here, Bill works with the practical nuts and bolts issues worship leaders and choir directors must deal with: order of the service, the worship leader’s role, planning for services, planning for rehearsals of various types of ensembles from praise band to church orchestra, congregational singing, special services and much more. Bill also provides a series of useful forms to use to guide your planning.

Regardless of your church’s denomination, there’s something here for both worship leaders, pastors and elders.

Detailed Table of Contents


Foreword
Why This Book?

Chapter 1: Worship Is About God
What Do We Believe About God?
What Is God Like?
God’s Creating Activity
God’s Sustaining Activity
God’s Redeeming Activity
God’s Character
God’s Holiness
Chapter Summary

Chapter 2: Ordering Christian Worship
What Is Worship?
Worship In the Bible
Recent Definitions of Worship
The Worship Experience
Worship Requires Communication
Worship Must Be Acceptable
God Is Seeking Us
We Must Worship In Spirit and Truth
Worship Honors God
Worship Leads To Service
The Ordering of Worship
A Biblical Pattern of Worship
First, God Seeks His People
Second, We Recognise God For Who He Is
(“I had a vision of the Lord”)
The Greeting
The Call To Worship
The Invocation
Third, Recognition of Who We Are
(“I am doomed.”)
Call To Confession
Confession of Sin
Assurance of Pardon
Fourth, God Speaks (“Whom shall I send?”)
Reading Scripture
The Sermon
Fifth, We Respond To the God Who Spoke (“I’ll go”)
Affirmation of Faith
Prayers of the Church
Sixth, Departing To Show Whose We Are (“Send me!”)
Opportunities For Service
The Dismissal
The Blessing
Departing Music
Chapter Summary
Worship Order Without Communion
Gathering To Recognise God For Who He Is - “I saw the Lord.”
Recognition of Who We Are - “There is no hope for me!”
God Speaks - “Whom shall I send?”
Responding To the God Who Spoke - “I will go!”
Departing To Show Whose We Are - “Send me!”
A Worship Order With Communion
Gathering To Recognise God For Who He Is - “I saw the Lord.”
Recognition of Who We Are - “There is no hope for me!”
God Speaks - “Whom shall I send?”
Responding To the God Who Spoke - “I will go!”
Departing To Show Whose We Are - “Send me!”

Chapter 3: Role Of The Worship Leader
What Is a Worship Leader?
The Worship Leader Is a Leader
The Worship Leader Is a Worshiper
The Worship Leader Is Prepared
What Are Worship Leader Qualifications?
Old Testament Qualifications For Ministry
Leaders Were Chosen
Musicians Were Under Authority
Musicians Were Trained
New Testament Qualifications For Ministry
Be Morally Pure
Maintain Positive Family Relationships
Be Well-Respected In the Community
Have Maturity
Be Prepared
Personal Needs In Ministry
Maintain Your Devotional Life
Make Time For Daily Bible Study and Prayer
Find a Person To Whom You Are Accountable
Do Not Sacrifice Your Family For the Church
Continue To Develop Your Music Skills
Rekindle Your Love For Your Instrument
Become a More Versatile Musician
Rekindle Your Love For Music
Have Membership In a Small Group
Take Vacations and Your Day Off
Competencies For Ministry
Relational Competencies
Professional Competencies
Competency In Planning and Leading Worship
Ability To Train Others In Worship
Chapter Summary

Chapter 4: Steps In Planning Worship
Planning to Plan
Clarify Your Concepts of Worship
Your Belief System
Your Point of View
Your Assumptions
Your Denominational Tradition
Your Church’s Worship Style
Determine the Resources Available
Determine Worship Support Teams Needed
Organize a Worship Design Team
Organization of the Team
Clarify Team Concepts
Mission Statement
Determine the Planning Context
Preaching Context
Theme Context
Lectionary Context
Time Frame
The Planning Agenda
Prayer [10-15 minutes]
Evaluation [10-15 minutes]
Develop the Next Theme [20 minutes]
Brainstorm [30-60 minutes]
Choose Appropriate Music
Select Support Features
Assign Tasks
Plan Transitions
Organize the Worship Order
Plan Worship Rehearsals
Plan For an Evaluation
Arrival Items
Appearance of Building and Grounds
Parking
Interior Building Concerns
Entrance and People Flow
Lobby Appearance
Restrooms
Greeters
The Worship Period
Ushers
Appearance of Worship Center
Seating Arrangements
Lighting
Sound
Temperature of Worship Area
Printed Communication
Hymn and Song Selection
The Flow of Worship
Length of Worship Period
Afterthought
Chapter Summary
Sample: Worship Planning Grid

Chapter 5: Planning For Worship Ensembles
The Church Choir
The Church Orchestra
The Worship Team
Enlisting Ensemble Members

Minimal Spiritual Qualifications
Minimal Competencies For Singers
Minimal Competencies For Instrumentalists
Planning Rehearsals
Conducting Skills Needed
Plan Several Weeks in Advance
Study Each Piece Carefully
Have Sunday Music Prepared
Detailed Rehearsal Plan Sheet
Prepare a Sunday Flow Chart
Close Rehearsals With Prayer
Rehearsing a Choir
Know the Text and Music
Start With Worship
Rehearse a New Piece
Rehearse In Calendar Order
Rehearsing an Orchestra
Learn the Score Thoroughly
Isolate Problems
Start With Worship
Rehearse a New Piece
Rehearse Each Piece In Calendar Order
Rehearsing the Worship Team
Guitars
Drums And Bass
Keyboard
Location of Team
The Worship Leader
Chapter Summary
Sample: Choir Notes
Sample: Sunday Morning Worship
Sample: Sunday Morning Worship Flow Chart

Chapter 6: Planning For Congregational Song
Singing Hymns and Songs
What Is a Hymn?
What Is a Worship Song?
How Do We Choose Hymns and Songs?
Faithfulness to the Scriptures
Reality of Christian Experience
Theological Content
Simplicity of Language
Matching Texts and Music
Metrical Compatibility
Emotional Identity
An Appropriate Tune
Musical and Poetic Integrity
Learning New Hymns and Songs
Adopt a Plan
Select a Time to Teach
Be Personally Prepared to Teach
Present Both Musically and Spiritually
Chapter Summary

Chapter 7: Planning For Special Services
The Lord’s Supper Service
Defining the Supper
Eucharist
Communion
Sacrament
Means of Grace
Agape or Love Feast
Christ’s Body and Blood
A Memorial Meal
We Become Community
The Baptismal Service
The New Testament and Early Church
The Middle Ages
The Meaning of Baptism
An Order For Baptism
The Christian Wedding
The Funeral Service
Purpose of the Funeral
The Sermon
Conclusion

Chapter 8: Planning For Technology
Sound Technologies
MIDI Technology
Projection Technology
Lighting Technology
Internet Technology
Conclusion
Chapter Summary

Chapter 9: Thou Shalt Not Steal
What Is Copyright?
What Is Copyrighted?
What You Can and Cannot Do
Make Photocopies?
Perform Music In Church?
Make Recordings?
Make Accompaniment Recordings?
Video Recordings of Church Services?
Newer Technologies?
Print Out of Print Items?
Fair Use
Obtaining Permission
OneLicense
Licensing
Christian Copyright Licensing International
Church Copyright License
SongSelect®
Church Video License®
ScreenVue®
SongTouch®
Chapter Summary

Appendix 1: For Personal Growth
Chapter 1: Worship Is About God
Chapter 2: Ordering Christian Worship
Chapter 3: Role of the Worship Leader
Chapter 4: Planning For Worship
Chapter 5: Planning For Worship Ensembles
Chapter 6: Planning For Congregational Song
Chapter 7: Planning For Special Services
Chapter 8: Planning For Technology
Chapter 9: Thou Shalt Not Steal

Appendix 2: Notes
Chapter 1: Worship Is About God
Chapter 2: Ordering Christian Worship
Chapter 4: Planning For Worship
Chapter 5: Planning For Worship Ensembles
Chapter 6: Planning For Congregational Song
Chapter 7: Planning For Special Services
Chapter 8: Planning For Technology
Chapter 9: Thou Shalt Not Steal

Appendix 3: Resources
Articles
Bibles
Books
On-Line Resources

Biography

About Bill Hooper

William Hooper attended Southwest Baptist College (now Southwest Baptist University) in Bolivar, MO, at that time a small two-year college. Following graduation, Hooper and his new wife served the First Baptist Church of Picher, OK as Minister of Music and Education. Then, it was on to William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in 1953. While attending Jewell he had a student pastorate in Denver, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in philosophy and was awarded the David Alan Duce Award in Philosophy at commencement exercises. Following graduation Hooper taught public school vocal and instrumental music,kindergarten through high school, for two years at Essex, Iowa. Graduate studies followed at the University of Iowa where he earned a Master of Arts degree in music in 1956 with a concentration in voice. Hooper was awarded a graduate assistantship and was the librarian for the University Chorus.

The next four years were spent in Bolivar, MO as professor of voice at Southwest Baptist College, a small junior college. He directed the College Choir, trained both men and women quartets that were used in college recruitment, and organized a sixteen-voice College Chorale.

Doctoral study followed at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. In 1956 he received the Ph.D. degree in music with a concentration in church music. While at Peabody he was a Jesse Jones Scholar and served the First Baptist Church in Old Hickory, TN as part-time minister of music and education. After his two years of doctoral candidacy were finished, Hooper went to The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962 as professor of music theory. Two years later he was promoted to Dean of the School of Church Music, a position he held until 1974. As Dean he played a leading role in getting the Seminary accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the School of Church Music accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Hooper also led the School of Church Music to begin a doctoral program in church music. While at the Seminary he was baritone soloist at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church.

In the summer of 1969 Hooper and his family traveled to Zambia to work with churches there in training choirs. A year of sabbatical study began in the fall of 1969 in London, England. Hooper studied music composition privately with Humphrey Searle at the Royal College of Music. He returned to New Orleans in the fall of 1970. Hooper has been a composer since high school days. He began composing by arranging charts for his dance band with Stan Kenton and Igor Stravinsky as his models. His first serious composition and performance came as a freshman at Southwest Baptist College with a piece for wind band titled “Daydream.” It was also performed at Northwestern University under the title “Music for a Motion Picture.”

Beginning in 1962 and continuing to the present many choral compositions have been written and published by Concordia Press, Broadman Press, Carl Fischer and Word Music. Also in 1962, Hooper’s first book, “Church Music in Transition” was published. The cantata “His Saving Grace Proclaim” was published and recorded in 1968. In 1973 Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Careé in New Orleans asked Hooper to compose incidental music for their production of Anouhil’s play “Becket.” In 1973 he won the Delius Composition Competition and in 1974 he won the New Times Composition Competition.

A move was made back to England in 1974. Hooper was head of music at Newstead Wood School for Girls in the London Borough of Bromley for five years and serving as worship pastor for Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gravesend, Kent. In 1979 the church called him as pastor. While serving as pastor he completed a year of study in psychotherapy at the Westminster Pastoral Care Foundation.

He and his family returned to the United States in 1983 where Hooper became Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Southwest Baptist University, retiring from that institution in 1998. Since retirement he has continued his ministry as Minister to Senior Adults at First Baptist Church, Bolivar, MO.

Major compositions have included Jubilee, a cantata celebrating the 50th anniversary of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1968), Canticle of Praise (children’s cantata, 1968), The Vision of Nahum [2001] and By the Grace of God for Chorus and Instruments (2002) to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Southwest Baptist University.

In addition to Church Music in Transition Hooper has also written Music Fundamentals (1964), Ministry and Musicians (1982) and Fundamentals of Music, 4 vols. (1986).Numerous other instrumental and keyboard pieces have been composed as well.

Hooper is married to the former Doris Jean Wallace and has two children, William, Jr. and Carol Ann Cooper, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.