Worship Leader Series Vol. 2: Worship Planning for Worship Leaders

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Worship Planning for Worship Leaders, Vol. 2: Developing Effective Planning Skills is the second in a series of practical problem/solution training guides by Dr. William L. Hooper, former Dean of the School of Church Music at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. 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, Dr. Hooper 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.

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


DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS - Worship Planning For Worship Leaders

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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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®

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

155 pgs.


PRINTED BOOK INFORMATION

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Title: Worship Planning For Worship Leaders
Author: Dr. William L. Hooper / ISBN: 978-0-939067-79-4

About the Author: Dr. William L. 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.


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