I’m always surprised when I talk to worship leaders who hate to read.
One of the most important things we can do as leaders is to feast our minds upon the glory of God. It’s what fuels the ministry of a worship leader.
These are some of my favorite reads for worship leaders – some theology, some devotional, some leadership.
|Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God
By far the most important book for worship leaders written in the last decade. One that I return to again and again.
|Dealing with the Rejection and Praise of Man
I was given this book in college and remember it revolutionizing how I lead worship. The truth that we shouldn't take the rejection or the praise of man too seriously because we are loved by God is worth the price of the book.
|Envy: The Enemy Within
Another fantastic read from Bob Sorge. As worship leaders we're constantly living in the shadow of those who are better than us. There's always someone who has more talents. This book calls us to accept what God has given us and realize we're all on the same team. Essential.
|The Knowledge of the Holy: The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life
A worship leader cannot lead effectively if he doesn't know who God is. This book causes me to fall more in love with Jesus every time I read it. It can be a bit heavy, but it's good for our souls to meditate upon the wonders of God.
|Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts
I'm actually in the middle of reading this right now and love the grand vision for worship that Harold presents. So good.
|To Know You More: Cultivating the Heart of the Worship Leader
One of the most practical books on worship leading out there. Andy does a great job of balancing worship as a lifestyle and worship leading as a skill we need to develop.
|God Songs: How to Write & Select Songs for Worship
Paul Baloche w/ Jimmy & Carol Owens
While not precisely a book on worship leading, this book is loaded with insights for worship leaders and songwriters. I think all worship leaders should seek to grow as songwriters. It's important that we give voice to our local communities.
|Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future
Anything Andy Stanley writes is pure gold, but this has got to be one of my favorites. Being a worship pastor in the local church is more than singing and organizing songs. It's about leading people - leading your team well and leading people to encounter God. You owe it to yourself to learn from Andy.
|Who Stole My Church?
I didn't think this book would capture me as much as it did. Part of a worship leader's role is to connect with multiple generations. This book gives an insightful glimpse into how the older generation feels about this new wave of worship. This book will make you a better pastor.
Similar to Tozer's classic on the attributes of God, Knowing God is a must read. I feel we as worship leaders get too caught up in our guitar tone and the performance of rock worship hits. We need to be reminded of God. We need the glory and essence of God to bear upon our hearts. Packer will take you there.
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