Reading List

Below you will find links to many books and resources that I have found helpful. I am an associate and by clicking on the link, if you decide to purchase, you can help me feed my kids (no, not really, but you will help me continue to fund an avid book obsession).


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 DebateWorldly 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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