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“What is Experiential Worship About?

For decades churches have been caught up in endless debates about worship styles: traditional vs. contemporary, evangelical vs. charismatic, believers’ vs. seeker services. For centuries each denomination has overtly or implicitly defended their own liturgical tradition as historically correct.

Whatever the approach, if we are honest each of us will admit how easily our services can slip into meaningless rote, driven by habit rather than spiritual passion. Meanwhile, people all around us in our rapidly changing culture are longing for more complete encounters with the living God. Deep inside those of us within the church also long for something greater, a transforming power that seems missing in our services.

The spiritual crisis of our time raises searching questions: How can we create worship gatherings that invite people to move beyond style and habit to encounter God more fully? How can we help people respond to this encounter by giving themselves more completely to God? Jesus’ Great Commandment offers the ancient wisdom we need to answer these questions: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength’ (Mark 12:30).

Worship gatherings that reflect Jesus’ vision will invite people to experience and respond to God in all four of these ways: intellectually (with our minds), emotionally (with our souls), volitionally (with our hearts), and physically (with our bodies). When these aspects of human experience come together in a more complete encounter with God and move people to respond, this is what we call “Experiential Worship.”

Buy Experiential Worship
Planning and leading Experienial Worship gatherings in a local church is a high calling and a holy challenge. We cannot do it alone. We need each other and we need the Holy Spirit. This website is dedicated to helping you find the resources you need to develop a more experiential worship ministry in your local setting. Experiential Worship:Encountering God with Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength (NavPress, 2005) explores this approach in greater depth, outlines a comprehensive process for implementing this in your church, and offers concrete examples from actual Experiential Worship gatherings.

The pages of this website offer fresh ideas for each aspect of experience, an opportunity to share the ideas that have worked in your setting, and a forum for ongoing conversations about the art of Experiential Worship. So come explore, share, and be a part of this collaborative community of Experiential Worshipers!”


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