Read This Book
A Musician’s Guide to Leading Modern Worship
By Greg Scheer
I just picked up this book today and I haven’t been able to put it down. This is a fantastic book that every music director and pastor should read. Especially if you are at all planning on changing or adding a worship service.
There really are no “fluff” paragraphs in this book. Every page is filled with practical tips and real life examples. Those who are new to the modern worship scene or may not be comfortable with the improvisation that is often required will really like the whole section outlining and even demonstrating the various methods of modulation and stitching together songs for a seamless set. Sections on arranging vocal harmonies, conducting auditions, and running rehearsals are all very well written and easy to understand and implement.
The other aspect of this book that I really appreciate is that it is not intended to persuade people to forget about the traditional forms of worship or to choose one over another. It’s about creating a unified approach to the ministry of music in the church. Even if you’re only thinking of adding the occasional praise song to a traditional format, this book will really help. He even tells you how to incorporate a pipe organ with your worship team!
Kudos to Greg on a great book!