We are pleased to partner with a number of publishers and authors to further the study and renewal of worship. As you explore the 150+ publications we have produced and supported, you will notice a wide range of topics that relate in some way to the worship life of congregations. You will also notice a wide range of scholarly and pastoral approaches to worship and congregational studies. We hope in this way to provide abundant resources on crucial issues that will help you grow in your understanding and practice of worship, theology, and ministry.
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Accessible Gospel, Inclusive WorshipBy: Barbara J. Newman, Betty Grit
Looking for some practical ideas on faith formation in relationship to persons with disabilities? This book provides many ideas for creating an environment where you can introduce the good news of Jesus Christ to a family member or friend with an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Resources in the Ancient Church for Today's WorshipBy: Catherine Gunsalus González
There is much that the church today can learn from the worship of the early church, particularly in the second century.
Worship with Gladness: Understanding Worship from the HeartBy: Joyce Ann Zimmerman
In this invitingly written, deeply joyful book, Joyce Ann Zimmerman makes Scripture her foundation as she explores the meaning and purpose of authentic Christian worship today.
The Touch of the Sacred: The Practice, Theology, and Tradition of Christian WorshipBy: F. Gerrit Immink
In The Touch of the Sacred Gerrit Immink offers thoughtful theological reflection on the religious practice of worship services in the Protestant tradition.
Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a DichotomyBy: Melanie C. Ross
In this book Melanie Ross draws on historical analysis, systematic theology, and the worship life of two vibrant congregations to argue that the common ground shared by evangelical and liturgical churches is much more important than the differences than divide them.
Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume 2By: James Abbington
This volume is a vivid testimony to the value of examining the variety and dynamism of African American church music and worship from multiple, overlapping points of view, from both realist and idealist voices, with a focus on gaining wisdom.
Psalms for Families: Devotions for All AgesBy: Laura Keeley, Robert Keeley
Psalms for Families is a devotional e-book for the entire family designed to help parents explore the riches of the book of Psalms with their children and teens. These devotionals will help parents learn more about the psalms as they teach about praise, prayer, and lament.
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and JournalistsBy: Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.
Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God's PeopleBy: Michael J Bauer
The best available guidebook to the emerging field of Christian arts ministry.
Longing for Jesus: Worship at a Black Holiness Church in Mississippi, 1895-1916By: Lester Ruth
The Church at Worship is a series of documentary case studies of specific worshiping communities from around the world and throughout Christian history. In this third volume, Longing for Jesus, Lester Ruth vividly portrays a very prominent, dynamic African-American holiness church in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early twentieth century.
Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual SongsBy: Joyce Borger
Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, has over 900 psalms, hymns and songs.
Imagining the KingdomBy: James K.A. Smith
James K.A. Smith expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom
Wise Church: Exploring Faith and Worship with Christians Around the WorldBy: Emily R. Brink, Paul Detterman
Based on the document "Worshiping the Triune God," a collection of proverbs on worship adopted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, this book and study guide offers a global perspective on how and why we worship.
The Worship Sourcebook, Second EditionBy: Carrie Steenwyk, John D. Witvliet
A comprehensive guide to planning worship, The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd edition, offers a collection of calls to worship, prayers of confession, and other spoken prayers and litanies.
From Memory to ImaginationBy: C. Randall Bradley
Outlining imaginative ways for the church to move forward from worship wars, this book is a must-read for church leaders and anyone interested in worship music.
Sing Praise to the Lord! Songs from Psalms for All SeasonsBy: Martin Tel
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is pleased to collaborate with Princeton Theological Seminary on this collection of songs from the brand new songbook Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship, now available on iTunes.
Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological DimensionsBy: Robin Margaret Jensen
This book examines five models for understanding baptism, showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice.
Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation CareBy: Mark Torgerson
In Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry, Mark Torgerson asserts that greening the built environment of a congregation is a powerful way to achieve and model a commitment to creation care.
Worship Beyond NationalismBy: Rob Hewell
The church in the United States faces a dilemma: How is it possible for Christ's followers to worship faithfully in a nationalistic environment where religion and politics enjoy a vigorous affiliation while the separation of church and state is celebrated as the standard for the relationship between nation and faith?
Worship Across the Racial DivideBy: Gerardo Marti
Many scholars and church leaders believe that music and worship style are essential in stimulating diversity in congregations. Gerardo Marti draws on interviews with more than 170 congregational leaders and parishioners, as well as his experiences participating in worship services in a wide variety of Protestant, multiracial Southern Californian churches, to present this insightful study of the role of music in creating congregational diversity.