Reading List


Bonem, Mike and Roger Paterson. Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams (Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Maxwell, John C. Talent is Never Enough. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007.

________. The 360° Leader. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005.

Church Music History

Martin, Ralph P. Worship in the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1974.

Terry, Lyndsay. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever: The Stories Behind 100 of the World’s Most Popular Worship Songs (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2008).

Wainwright, Geoffrey and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, eds. The Oxford History of Christian Worship (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Webber, Robert E. The Complete Library of Christian Worship: Vols. I – VIII (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1993).

White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship: Revised Edition. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991.

Wilson-Dickson, Andrew. The Story of Christian Music. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.

Church Music Philosophy

Basden, Paul A. The Worship Maze: Finding a Style to Fit Your Church. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1999.

________.,ed. Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 Views. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Best, Harold M. Music Through the Eyes of Faith. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. (A MUST READ)

Dawn, Marva J. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995

Frame, John M. Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1997.

Johansson, Calvin M. Music and Ministry: A Biblical Counterpoint. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1984.

Liesch, Barry. The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2001. (A MUST READ).

Miller, Steve. The Contemporary Christian Music Debate: Worldly Compromise or Agent of Renewal? (Waynesboro, GA: OM Literature, 1993).

Morgenthaler, Sally. Worship Evangelism: Inviting Unbelievers into the Presence of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999.

Pass, David B. Music and the Church: A Theology of Church Music. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1989. (MUST READ).

Webber, Robert E. Worship Old and New. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994.

________. Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1999.

________. Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008

________. Planning Blended Worship: The Creative Mixture of Old and New (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1998).


Guerrero, Tony. Attracting Quality Musicians: A Guidebook and Discussion for Worship Leaders, Music Directors and Pastors. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: Nickeldimeus Music Publishing, 2005.

Bowersox, Steve. The New Worship Musician’s Music Theory Book. Jacksonville, Florida: Bowersox Institute of Music.

Allen, Corey. Arranging in the Digital World. Boston, MA: Berklee Press, 2000.

Flather, Douglas and Tammy Flather. Praise and Worship Team Instant Tune Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.

Liesch, Barry. Resources for music theory, improvisation and biblical studies for worship.

Schmeling, Paul. Berklee Music Theory Book 1 & 2; 2nd Edition. Boston: Berklee Press, 2011.


Best, Harold. Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2003.

Giglio, Louie. The Air I Breathe. Multnomah, 2006.

Noland, Rory. The Heart of the Artist. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999.

________. Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help for You and Your Ministry Team. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

________. The Worshipping Artist. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 2007.

Owens, Buddy. The Way of a Worshiper. Lake Forest, CA: Purpose Driven Publishing, 2004.


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