As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe in worshiping our Creator. One of the goals of the North American Division Ministerial Department is to uplift the value and competency of corporate worship within the congregations of the NAD. Some of the ways that we seek to provide resources are:
NAD Ministerial has partnered with other organizations to offer worship conferences throughout the NAD. This worship conference video on demand sight features some of the presentations that have been given over the years on the subject of worship.
Here are a couple Facebook sites where pastors and worship leaders can discuss worship:
Adventist Worship Leader's Group
Best Practices for Adventist Worship Page
Below are some articles on Worship:
Below are some articles on Worship:
Diversity in Worship The call for diversity and worship is at the heart of Adventist mission. It includes people of every nation (ethnicity), tribe (culture), language, and people (race). Today, by God’s grace, Seventh-day Adventist Church is the most racially diverse religious group in the United States, according to Pew Research, 2015. But multicultural worship is challenging. We need to critically think and actively pray to know how to lead such worship.
Leave Your Politics at the Church Door? Planning worship week to week, something I've long known has recently become very evident: silence in the face of the world's problems is not spiritual or sublime; It’s consent. It’s consent without even the courage of conviction. Worshipping together affords us a time not to forget and ignore but to remember.
Multicultural Worship Planning As more and more churches are being proactive and intentional to make their churches multicultural, planning meaningful worship can be a new and unforeseen challenge. At New Hope Adventist Church in Fulton, Maryland, we enjoy the blessing of a truly diverse congregation with over 40 nationalities represented and no dominant culture. Understandably, along with a diversity of culture, comes a diversity of worship needs (and wants, of course). Here are a few tips to consider when moving toward multicultural worship
The Politics of Worship Adventists have a long history of advocating for religious liberty and a specific theological framework within which it is understood to be so important. In this article, I discuss how religious freedom might relate to our worship practices during times of turbulent civic and church politics.
Reviving the Word What is the current state of reading Scripture in your church? If your services are anything like the ones I often experience, the Scripture Reading is on life support, hardly the living Word. I wish to impress upon you, pastors and worship leaders, “devote yourselves to the public reading of Scripture.”
Cultivating Community with Artists: An Interview with Ben Grace Ben Grace is the Worship Director at Forefront Church in Brooklyn. He also works as a songwriter and performer in the broader New York City music community. Nicholas Zork sat down with Ben to discuss his approach to cultivating community and engaging artists in worship ministry.
Worship of the One True King In this political season filled with excessive fear-mongering and exaggerated promises of societal salvation, gathering to worship the God who alone can truly restore all things is as essential as ever. For the story we rehearse at political conventions is precisely the opposite of the story we’re invited to embody in Christian worship.
Leave Your Gift at the Altar God’s reconciliation with us in Christ is what makes it possible for us to reconcile with our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. We do not accept and love others so that God will accept and love us but because we have already been accepted and loved beyond measure.
Winning the Worship Wars: Part 3 We continue this short series on the place of music in Adventist worship. In part 1, I proposed what I call the reductionist approach to church music. This view removes music from an inappropriate pedestal of importance in worship and brings it down to the level of a language used for communication. In part 2, I delved into how music impacts the human being and thus aids in communication of a particular message. In this part 3, I will discuss which type of music may communicate best in the context of corporate worship.
Turning Swords to Plowshares in the Worship Wars The weekly worship service is the heart that brings together believers forming a faith community. It shouldn't be a surprise that "spirited" conversations often surround the topic about what to do or not do during this time. Here are a few steps to take to have fruitful, not frightening, conversations about worship.
Cantar Con El Corazón Cada vez tenemos más información sobre la forma en la que la música influye en la conducta humana. Hay numerosos estudios de investigación que demuestran que la música que guarda un cierto equilibrio entre sus elementos y crea una atmósfera positiva nos ayuda a salir de la depresión, acelera el proceso de curación de la ansiedad, estimula la concentración, la memoria y entrena el cerebro hacia formas de pensamiento positivo, entre otros muchos beneficios.
Worship and Mission The United States’ presidential election is over a year away, but the race is of course well underway. With memories of the Adventist Church’s General Conference Session in San Antonio fresh in my mind, the parallels between national and church politics are too obvious to ignore. An unfortunate number of resemblances could be noted, such as the growing polarization on issues or the heated tone of debates. But what interests and concerns me most is the underlying conviction on which everyone seems to agree.
Everybody Belongs. Everybody Serves. — Inclusive Worship for the Disabled "In his article, 'Gospel Accountability: When Can Special Needs Adults Understand the Gospel?' Gene Nabi states: 'Anyone with a disability, however severe, can come into God’s kingdom. They can be as receptive to the working of the Holy Spirit as anyone else. To question whether anyone has the capacity to come into the kingdom questions the power of the Holy Spirit.' Since differently abled individuals are given the capacity to come into the kingdom (created and called by God and able to respond to God’s calling—Genesis 1:26, Ephesians 2:10), how much more we should embrace that they too should also minister for the kingdom (specially gifted and invited to participate in ministry by God—1 Corinthians 12:4, 7)?
Establishing a Worship & Music Ministry in Your Local Church (Part II) In Part I of this article, Howard summarized three fundamental questions addressed in my presentation for the 2015 Andrews Worship & Music Conference. Part 2 focuses on practical steps to take in establishing a Worship & Music Ministry, as well as suggestions for funding the position and some tools for success.
Establishing a Worship & Music Ministry in Your Local Church (Part I) The following summaries from a recent presentation for the Andrews Worship & Music and Worship Conference address some of the fundamental questions that need to be considered when starting a Worship & Music Ministry at any church.
Liturgical Lessons from the Decalogue: The Priority of Prologue The spiritual slavery of moralism is nowhere more insidiously prevalent than in Christian worship. And unlike its more rigid cousin, legalism, moralism appeals to liberals, conservatives and everyone in between. Few Christians would, of course, explicitly say that the central focus of Jesus’ message is behavior improvement. But our worship practices — especially our preaching— are often more moralistic than we realize. This article invites readers to consider how our worship practices can, instead, prioritize and facilitate an encounter with the God who delivers.
Liturgical Lessons from the Decalogue: Angry Worship? Anger over a tragic killing, a grand jury decision and ongoing systemic injustices in the United States has spilled out into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and cities across the nation. How are those of us who claim to follow Jesus to respond? And how can we prepare to worship a God of peace, love and justice?
Responding to Ferguson: “Sheep Without A Shepherd” I have been asked to reflect on how I would respond to the events of Ferguson as a Minister of the Gospel. My humanity touches the despair of my community, a community that has seen the death of so many young African Americans finding no justice and being criminalized. When human systems fail, our only alternative is God. And the place where people come to seek answers is the church.
Leading Beyond the Style Wars (Part Two) This article proposes that without proper perspective, our discussions about the details can take precedence over the purpose of our worship, and we can find ourselves entrenched in debates over how we worship rather than why, or more important, whom we worship. The author offers suggestions for focusing effectively on what matters most.
Steward or Worshiper: Which One Are You? Whenever I’ve encouraged a worship leader to find a scripture to accompany his or her worship set, most leaders would naturally turn to the book Psalms. Some may turn to the New Testament. But few, if any, would consider Genesis as a resource for worship leading. Yet I have found that there are many golden principles that can be found in the book of Genesis.
How I Got Over Church Music I Don't Like (and other style-elements) "It hit home: this is not about me. This is not about my taste at all. This is about reaching people, other people. Folks who hear differently than I do are moved by things that don't move me. It's about praise and worship. When I remember that, elements of style that don't appeal me lose their rough edges because it's not all about me. And it never was."
Downey Church uses SongShow Like many churches we started our media experience with PowerPoint. When we needed more features, we started by listing the features that we thought were important that were missing from PowerPoint. We read every review and article we could find. One of the great features of worship presentation software is they all allow some type of trial. We installed them all and evaluated them as well. This is an important step that everyone who is thinking about changing systems should do.
Visual Technology and the Local Church Technology is rapidly shaping society. From iPhones to iPads to complicated lighting boards and powerful projectors, society is influenced by the best gadgets and electronics this age has to offer. But how are cellphones, computers, projectors—you name it—influencing your local church?
They're applauding for me in church; should I take a bow? "But one day someone rang an alarm in my head that I have not yet been able to shake. I was serving in a worship meeting with Pastor John Nixon, and speaking to a dozen music professionals in the room. He said, 'I could never finish a sermon to applause and take a bow for the work I had done on behalf of my master.' That saying continues to challenge me everytime I step up on the platform."
Prezi Can Be Stunning If you’re looking for a way to spice things up a bit from the same old PowerPoint slides, or if you’d like to present your worship graphics in a more linear way, you might give Prezi a try. Prezi, much like PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote, is a computer-based presentation program that works on PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. It differs from the other presentation software options because, instead of being slide-based, Prezi uses one large canvas where all of your text, graphics, and even videos are placed.