A HISTORY OF MODERN WORSHIP RESOURCES, PART I
In North America, since about 1980, the Church has witnessed an amazing increase of interest in and publishing about the area of worship theology. The question, though, that faces North American church leaders today is whether or not there is adequate training specifically available for and accessible to local church leaders.
Most resources focused on worship have set a precedent for emphasizing worship as a central concern of God and, by extension, His people. For example, Robert Webber’s Worship is a Verb (1985) was one of the earlier “new” texts that dealt with the theology of worship, while emphasizing the biblical focus on worship as a way-of-life more than simply church service attendance.
Theologian David Peterson had a strong work on the basic theology of worship with his book, Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship (1993). In that same year, Worship: Adoration and Action (1993), edited by well-known theologian D.A. Carson, set a precedent for the study and presentation of diverse worship theology in the evangelical church.
These works exemplified the reality that prominent theologians were seeing the Church’s growing interest in worship and therefore demonstrating a need for more theological accuracy in understanding the true meaning of worship. While they are each important to the general area of worship studies, they do not in themselves create a training curriculum for local church leadership. In the next few posts we’ll explore this history a bit further.