For those of you who are regular readers of Worship Matters, you know that last year I started a book on worship for Crossway. At the end of January, after I had almost finished the first draft, my very good friend, C.J. Mahaney, helped me see that I needed an editor and a more specific audience. I’m happy to report that I now have both. Crossway has hired Thomas Womack, formerly of Multnomah but now an independent editor, to help me write the new book.
Thomas and I have had a number of interactions already, and he is a gift from God to me. He has given me invaluable suggestions for what I want to say and how I should say it. The target audience is a worship leader in his mid-twenties who is doing fairly well, but wants to grow in his effectiveness. My hope is to help an upcoming generation of leaders be more effective in helping others to bring glory to Jesus Christ not only with their songs, but with their lives. I also plan to include a section that addresses pastors.
There are two ways you could help me in the process. First, if you could pray for me over the next few months (final draft due July 1), I would be extremely grateful. You could pray that I be clear, biblical, relatable, humble, courageous, effective, and pleasing to the Father. Second, I’d like to hear about the greatest challenges you face as a worship leader. I have some idea of what they are, but I’m always inspired and helped by real life situations that people are facing. You can either leave a comment on this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.