When I wrote Worship Matters in 2008, I wanted to pass on to younger leaders some of what I had learned from my mentors, study, and experiences of leading for three decades. My goal was to connect Scriptural commands and principles with what we actually do in our Sunday meetings.
Through the years, musicians, pastors, teachers, and others have found my book helpful. But I’ve wondered if I could do anything to make the material more accessible. 32 chapters can take a while to plow through. I mean, we’re talking about musicians.
That’s why I’m excited about the Worship Matters Video Intensive, made possible in large part with the help of Crossway Books. We recorded the videos last summer but finished editing them and adding subtitles a few months ago.
What Is it?
The Intensive is 12 videos, averaging about 25 minutes each. There’s also a 5 minute introductory video, which I posted below. You can benefit from the videos apart from the book, but the book includes a lot of material that didn’t make it into the videos. And the practical illustrations and musical examples I include are meant to reinforce and flesh out what’s in Worship Matters.
Each video corresponds to one or more chapters of the book. That makes it easy to assign a portion of the book, come together to watch the video, and then discuss what you’ve heard and read. It’s meant to serve anyone involved in planning or leading congregational worship.
How Much Time Will It Take?
If you’re highly motivated, you can binge watch the series in 4 1/2 hours. But I wouldn’t suggest that. If you watch a video a week, you’ll get through the videos and book in three months. Bi-weekly will take 6 months, and one video a month will get you through in a year. And of course, you can watch a video that covers a topic relevant to you and/or your team anytime.
My hope is that the videos will strengthen the connection between your theology and methodology. I’m aiming to help you do what you do more biblically, thoughtfully, passionately, and fruitfully. And that takes time. So while the videos can help you read the book in a more structured and efficient way, they’ll also help you think more deeply about what you do and why you do it. In other words, the more time you invest, the more you’ll benefit.
Where Do I Get Them?
You can access all the videos on the Sovereign Grace Music website, where you’ll also find downloadable outlines, discussion questions, and transcripts. And if you follow any video link it will take you to Vimeo where you can download any or all of the sessions. That’s especially helpful if your Internet connection is spotty or non-existent.
We’re currently working on a version with Spanish subtitles to accompany the Spanish translation of Worship Matters, Nuestra Adoración Importa. When that’s ready, I’ll get the word out on Twitter and Facebook. Lord willing, we hope to translate it into other languages in the future.
I’m grateful we can add the Worship Matters Video Intensive to the increasing number of resources that equip and encourage those who lead music for the church. And we’re especially happy we can do it for free. Life is too short, sin too deceptive, Christ’s bride too precious, and the glory of the Savior too great for us not to use whatever means we can to serve those who plan and lead the gatherings of the church. If you’re included in that group, I pray this resource not only serves you, but the people you lead each and every Sunday.
Wow, this is so great! thanks so much for doing this and making it available to us. We will definitely take advantage of this!
You’re welcome, Mike! Hope it serves you!
I’ve already watched them once and plan to again. I read the book along with them. Our worship team will begin watching them in a workshop this weekend. Thanks for taking the time and effort to produce them. Great info!
Thanks, Suzanne! So glad they’re serving you all!
Hello Mr. Kauflin, the “Contact Me” page doesn’t seem to be getting through… Would you provide me with an email address I can contact? Thanks so much!
Anna, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll check out the contact page. Thanks!
I was so excited to hear about this video series. I read through Worship Matters this past Spring and gleaned much helpful insight from it, but I’m more of an audio-visual learner so I expect these videos will really open things up for me even more! Very eager to get started. ☺
I pray it serves you, Scott!
GAAAAHHHH!!! This makes me oh so happy! :) I just started re-reading the book so I can go through it with my new assistant/intern and now I can go through these with her and eventually the whole team! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I am sooo thankful for this! This will be my prerequisite for leading worship at our church. I noticed so far that the outline for Session 5 is supposed to be on Chapters 11-12 of the book, but it is listed as chapters 9-10…?
Thanks, Brett! I’ll check that out.
Anything in Russian? I’m helping a movement of Christ- centered Believers in the Baptist Church in Russia and they want to help train men to lead worship. What should I use to help them? Any resources? Thanks!
Jake, thanks for asking. My book is in Russian. You can order it through In Lumine Media here: http://en.inlumine.org/books/.
Hi Bob, sorry about the confusion. Yes, we have your book already (from InLumen…they’re a great resource for us). I was looking for something for training worship leaders here that would serve as a class with notes or something we could do once a week for 8-12 weeks, or a three day module with 3-4 sessions. I’ve taught workshops, but nothing comprehensive. Any ideas? Thanks for your time, brother!!
Ah, thanks, Jake. We don’t have Russian subtitles yet for the video series. Would you or someone you know be interested in translating that? If so, you can email me at email@example.com. Thanks, Jake!