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WHY WE WORSHIP explores the questions (and answers) of "why do we do the things we do" when it comes to Christian worship.
We'll learn in a fresh way to understand why and how we worship.
A Discipleship Course for Musicians and Singers
This is a discipleship course designed specifically for worship ministry volunteers.
If you are a musician, singer, choir member, audio-video technician, pastor or worship leader serving in a church worship ministry - then this is for you!
But really, anyone with an interest in the subject will benefit.
What You Think Matters
This material focuses on understanding and developing the mindset and mentality that honors God wholeheartedly and overflows in everything we do. It is not about musical techniques nor ministry related systems.
This study is more about the "heart and head" of worship than the "hands" of ministry.
Purpose and Approach
The purpose of this study is to facilitate a transformative encounter with the presence God by exploring a broad overview of the major concepts of biblical worship. We'll examine:
- What does the Bible have to say about worship?
- What’s important to God in worship?
- What are His objectives and priorities?
- How can a deeper understanding of God’s intentions for worship lead to a more wholehearted response?
- More importantly, how can this change our lives, and help change the world?
How To Use The Class
This is a self-study, go at your own pace program. The video lessons are short, to the point and designed for on-line learning. Notes and outlines are also provided.
It would be especially fruitful for groups to go through at the same time, with individuals doing the lessons on their own time and then discussing the ideas together, perhaps at rehearsal or other gathering.
There is also a leaders edition for facilitating small group study.
How This Program Will Benefit You
If a worship ministry volunteer (musician, singer, etc.) goes through the Why We Worship discipleship course, takes these Biblical foundations to heart, and cooperates wholeheartedly with the Holy Spirit; then he or she will be a significantly more effective and impactful servant leader.
And he or she will also be a much happier person!
The Problem of Equipping Worship Volunteers
- Everybody has gaps in their understanding. That’s my story …
- More than a few worship musicians do not know the Bible very well.
- Biblical illiteracy is epidemic in the church. We live in a post-Christian culture that has been stripped of scriptural references that once were historical, common knowledge...
- Musicians and singers are a unique lot. They often have highly developed creative and intuitive sensibilities. Playing on a worship team, or singing in the choir can and should be a fun and awesome experience most of the time. But the attention and affirmation can be addictive, and we can get our needs met in unhealthy ways.
- On the other hand, there can be a lot of pressure to “produce”. And when relationships go sour, people can get burned out and bitter. There are too many former worship people out there who are now wrecks on the highway.
- Life is busy. People are overwhelmed and distracted. There is too much competition for their time and attention.
Feel The Pain ... To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected
If you’re part of a music team, then you are a leader - for better or for worse.
Ignorance is not bliss. And lots of bad stuff can happen when we don’t know why we do what we do.
These can be manifest as:
6) Burned out volunteers from serving with an unhealthy motivation.
What You Will Learn In This Course
WHY WE WORSHIP will encourage and inspire the participant by encountering the presence of God through an overview study of the Biblical foundations of worship.
- Worship as a worldview.
- The multi-dimensional nature of worship.
- What discipleship means.
- Why throughout history and to this very day, everybody worships all the time.
- The meta-narrative of God's story and why it is relevant today.
- Is there a right way and a wrong way to worship?
- Worship as a lifestyle.
- Three organizing scriptures every worshiper should know (and memorize!)
- Seven big ideas the Bible teaches about worship.
- Why worship is all about God.
- Why worship is Christo-centric.
- Why worship is Trinitarian.
- The role of the Holy Spirit. [Hint: He is alive and well and bigger than our boxes.]
- The actions and attitudes of Biblical worship.
- Why and how God is "into calendar".
- How in worship we remember the past and anticipate the future.
- The pathway from prayer into His presence.
- And much more (really!)
Why It Works
Specifically You Will Experience These Benefits:
- More intimate understanding of God’s heart
- More accurate knowledge of God’s ways
- Your love for Father, Son and Holy Spirit will grow.
- Hearts capacity for healthy relationship with the Lord will expand.
- Will be filled with more of the Holy Spirit.
- More sensitivity to the way the Spirit moves
- Lead with more authenticity
- Lead with more authority
- Lead with more anointing
- More unity amongst the team and leaders - all moving in the same direction
- More harmony amongst the team - all celebrating their unique roles, identity, gifting and calling
- Overflow with greater impact, engagement and ultimately, more kingdom effectiveness.
Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind
No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you will grow and mature and be blessed as you study Why We Worship. It will feed your soul, and you'll be a much better servant-leader through the process.
See What People Have Said About My Teaching
I just really loved it when Rob came and spoke at YWAM. I had no idea there was that much to worship and intercession! He showed us a lot of new things that we didn’t know, and it was really practical.
It was an amazing week. Rob’s workshop has changed us, and we have had so much growth from his teaching.
Rob’s worship seminar was great. He really helped our team to understand some of the theology of worship, but also to get beyond just the basics of performing and really get into worshiping in the Spirit and really hearing from God. It was a great thing for our team, we’re excited about what God’s gonna do, thanks to Rob’s teaching and his time spent with us. I recommend his ministry to anybody.
Since taking this course I’ve had a profound revelation of what it means to worship in the spirit and in truth, and not letting your feelings and emotions control you.
Rob Still, is a worship leader, songwriter, and seminar instructor. He has a Masters degree in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where he is currently working on his Doctorate. Rob has taught Practical Theology of Worship and Songwriting on the mission field in over 20 nations, primarily in Eastern Europe. He has served as Worship Pastor at three churches in the Nashville area, and leads worship for conferences and special events. He is an award winning composer, producer and author of the books “Resurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World” and "Worship Actions and Attitudes: Understanding 10 Hebrew Words For Worship".