If you are a minister of music and have been considering moving your music ministry toward a more blended style of worship, but you aren’t quite sure how to begin with the personnel you have, let me recommend a series to you that is versatile and valuable and will offer you many options as you begin to introduce new and exciting worship ideas to your congregation.
The books are called the Worship Band Play-Along series — there are five different volumes available. One of the wonderful features of the books is that they are adaptable for just about any situation. If you are just introducing your congregation to worship music, you can have your current pianist and organist accompany you as you teach the choruses to your congregation. If you already have an overhead or currently utilize PowerPoint, you can use that to show the lyrics. As your congregation gets more comfortable with the choruses, your instrumentalists (pianist and organists) can begin to play along with the CDs that accompany the books. This will offer a fuller sound and keep your live musicians from feeling unnecessary.
This set of books is a wonderful tool to implement current praise and worship music into your church’s music program. The music that is chosen for these volumes is theologically sound and the arrangements are easy to play, sing and learn. There are separate books available for keyboard, vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, but you only purchase what you need for your particular congregation. One of the volumes is even dedicated to Christmas music, so that every time of year is covered.
These choruses are familiar and popular and the recordings are of the highest quality. I have used this series in my own church with great success. This is a wonderful tool to assist you, as a music director, in taking your church music program to an authentic “blended” worship.
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