To Know You More: Cultivating the Heart of the Worship Leader Hardcover – 1 Jul 2002
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"A tremendous contribution. . . . You won't find a more comprehensive guidebook to worship leading in contemporary contexts. Every church should have this book in their library; every pastor should lean on this resource to help understand how to work with worship leaders; and every worship leader should have this as required reading, whether they are veterans of the craft or just starting out."--WorshipMusic.com
"Andy Park has not just written an excellent book, he has given us a rich legacy from the wealth of his experience and wisdom as a worship leader and songwriter, but most of all from the heart and understanding of a worshiper."--Graham Kendrick, Make Way Music
"As I read this book, I remember all the times where I have seen Andy live out what he is writing about! There is a huge wealth of practical advice and trustworthy counsel here. His songs are some of my favorites ('Yet I Will Praise, ' 'Blessed Be the Name, ' 'Multiply Your Love, ' 'One Thing I Ask'), and I'm sure he will keep blessing us with more powerful worship for as many years as the Father gives him!"--Brian Doerksen, songwriter and recording artist
"Styles come and styles go. Through it all, the folks of the Vineyard have consistently drawn worshipers further than they have thought possible: into the very heart of God. Andy Park's To Know You More is the worship leader's intimate but practical guide to facilitating that journey."--Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism
"Andy Park will always be a hero of mine, not because of the songs or acclaim but because of his humility in his lifelong quest to be God's friend. He is the genuine article, and we can all benefit from reading the real thing."--Martin Smith, lead vocalist, Delirious
"In Paul's first letter to Timothy, he reminds him, 'Watch your life and doctrine closely' (1 Tim 4:16). And as it happens, that would be pretty good advice for anyone involved in leading worship too. Andy Park's book does just that in such a wonderful way. He reminds us of the importance of living lives of worship, gives us an insightful look at the theology of worship and, for good measure, throws in loads of helpful, practical advice on how to lead worship. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before. Park writes on so many different aspects of worship and does so in a refreshingly transparent way."--Matt Redman, worship leader, songwriter and author of The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Park is a worship leader at the Vineyard in North Langley, British Columbia. He has led worship for more than twenty-five years in contexts from small churches to megachurches and large conferences. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Perhaps one of the most engaging aspects of this book is Park's personal openness. As you read, you won't feel like some expert is preaching down at you, but like a wise friend has come alongside to help you become a more effective leader, for God's glory.
Park's church experience is largely in the Vineyard. His writing reflects this experience (naturally), but is also relevant to those of us who are not part of Vineyard (or Vineyard-like) churches. Park's wisdom transcends his particular denomination.
I learned many things from this book and it also touched my heart. I have been encouraged to be a stronger worship leader and, indeed, a more faithful worshiper of God.
Now that I have read this book, I am ordering several copies for friends who lead worship. They will profit richly from this book, and so will you.
Throughout the book, Andy shares openly about the challenges he's faced in leading worship. These stories make this book inviting and helpful. I see that many of my insecurities and second-guesses are not so unique. Page after page, I found myself saying, "Yeah, I've been there. That's exactly how I felt." There's comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one to wonder if I'm really up to the task of trying to create an environment that enables people to have an encounter with God.
I appreciated the history of song styles that have been used in worship. I didn't realize that hymns were just as ground-breaking and controversial in their day as contemporary worship songs are in some churches today. In short, today's style of worship is culturally relevant and legitimate, even though there is and will continue to be resistance. In 50 years, church-goers may have an entirely different style, and may have the same opinions about today's worship choruses that we have about traditional hymns. That won't diminish the value of either style.
Andy writes about how to pick songs, rehearse, develop other worship leaders, and part ways when it just isn't working. He also writes about the various roles of worship leaders and song writers, who serve to varying degrees as priests, prophets, healers, teachers, and evangelists. To me, this was the best part of the book. Many people think the worship leader is like a choir director for the congregation, but there's so much more to it than that. Park defines the complete picture of what a worship leader is.
What I most appreciated was that Parks discusses that the job of the worship team isn't to manipulate the church into worshiping in a set way through soaring songs and long pauses, but to simply worship themselves on the stage, in front of everyone. The worship team's authentic worship to God becomes the invitation for others to join. A skeptical generation has watched too many worship teams try to create an atmosphere of worship and have detected the lack of true connection the worship team has with God. Moreover, this understanding of the role of the worship team precludes what I have observed as a new trend of allowing non-Christians on the team because their musical skill is desired. For how can a non-Christian truly worship a God to whom he or she has not committed.
Another valuable piece of this book it is immensely practical. It has chapters on working with the lead pastor, selecting and working with the worship team, preparing and delivering a worship set, leading a worship team, developing new worship leaders, and even how to go about song writing.
If you are on a worship team in a church or work with worship leaders, I would strongly recommend this book.
The good~ Section 3 is (for me) the best part of the book. It focuses on the mechanics of putting together a successful worship set in church. Andy has some great ideas and some great reminders on how to keep things fresh, moving along and focused on the Object of our affection: Jesus.
The negative~ I would personally suggest skipping chapter 1. It mainly deals with Andy's personal experiences with entering into worship ministry. Some may find it helpful, but I didn't buy the book to read his biographical background. Nothing wrong with it, it just wasn't my focus.
The REAL negatives~ I saw two major theological flaws within the context of Andy's presentation. In my mind, they are really important, and are the main reasons for my writing this post: In the section entitled "The Priestly Worship Leader- Inviting people to come to the Unshakable Kingdom", Andy speaks about how God moved in the Old Testament days...that there were certain people designated as the intercessors, or priests, that were responsible for doing certain things that would then prompt God to respond (true). But then Andy takes it a step further and compares the modern worship leader to the OT priests. The crux of the issue is his statement on page 68, 3rd paragraph, where he states: "What a privilege it is to invoke the presence of God on behalf of the people". This is theologically inaccurate and a pretty major minimization of Christ Himself. First of all, no man can "invoke" God to do anything. Even in the OT, God showed up based on what the priests did, NOT because of the act itself, but because they followed HIS specific direction. Secondly, and most importantly, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the OT prophecies and also to make null and void (in a matter of speaking) OT laws, rituals, etc. Jesus came to cover our sins. When He was crucified, died, rose again and then ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in and among God's people. The point is this~ there IS NOW NO separation between man and God. If one confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit resides in his/her heart/life, and he/she has DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD. There are no longer any intercessory people. The second flaw I see is in the section entitled "The ministries of teaching and evangelism". Andy seems to insinuate that the role of the worship leader in the modern church today is more important than the preacher speaking the written Word...that the music, in today's culture, is more effective at changing hearts than scripture. On page 91 Andy quotes Eddie Gibbs speech to a group of songwriters in 1991:"...our impact as worship leaders and songwriters is far greater than that of preachers or authors." This is dangerous theological ground. To state that the music (musician) has a more effective role in convicting hearts than the actual preached word is dead wrong. This in effects takes all the honor and glory from God and puts it on man (the worship leader/team). Let's be clear...NO MAN can change another man's heart. No song, no matter how great the worship leader is or how theologically accurate the lyrics are will ever save a soul. No preacher preaching the Word ever has nor will ever save a single soul. IT IS GOD'S SOVEREIGN WILL, CHOICE AND ACTION that prompts man to come to Him and ask forgiveness for his sins.
I would personally recommend only reading section 3 of this book and skipping everything else. Mature believers may be able to discern these fallacies, but a newer believer may be led down the wrong path, in terms of understanding the importance of the worship leader.
Believe me, every since I lent this book to my friends, it was hard to get it back. Even if you didn't learn anything from this book, you got 240 back-to-back pages of information for reference. The only down side to this book is that it's not compact, or too big to fit my guitar case. With this book, you get more than what you pay for.