What if a choir can actually be "RELEVANT" in today's church? What if a young choir CAN effectively sing with a rock band? What if the choir can make a positive difference in a congregation's worship? What if we're doing exactly the WRONG thing by dismantling choirs everywhere? What if there's a better way to DO the choir than the way we've been doing it for 60 years? These questions and the fifteen-year quest to discover their answers are the driving force behind the publishing of this vibrant new book/CD combination. The book seeks to answer the questions above and many more, through significant biblical research and the crucible of hands-on application in thousands of settings, both contemporary and classic. This book, born out of a lifetime of worship ministry and the challenge of rediscovering the choir's "relevance" in several contemporary congregations, is a new offering from Dave Williamson. In it you will discover the what, why and how of building a Worship Leading Choir - one that can make a palpable difference in the worship life of just about any congregation. From the ground up, if necessary.
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Dave Williamson has been worship pastor in churches small, medium and large. A licensed minister, his career path has taken him to churches of several denominations. His choirs and singing groups have been featured on dozens of recordings. He has produced and/or arranged for Christian musicians such as Natalie Grant, FFH, Larnelle Harris, Ron Kenoly, Babbie Mason, The Martins, Point of Grace, Alvin Slaughter, Sandi Patty, Truth and scores more - over 500 major recording projects since 1970. He has been nominated for numerous Dove awards, winning multiple Doves for "Musical of the Year." Dave has produced and arranged 3 gold records, denoting sales of over 500,000. He has written or arranged anthems, orchestrations, musicals and collections for virtually every major contemporary Christian music publisher. The passion of Dave's heart is to be part of seeing the choir in the church around the world rediscover God's original plan for it - becoming worship leaders in the truest sense. He has dedicated his life to that objective, and since 2000, Dave has written and recorded "The Worship Leading Choir" journal, read and heard by thousands of church music and worship leaders. Dave also spends much time "on location" with choirs in churches, and with music leaders in workshops, teaching on this timely concern. Dave lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his lyricist/poet/journalist/photographer wife of 40 years, Jan, and near their three married children and 8 grandchildren.Review:
The last 20 years has changed the church music landscape drastically. But do choirs need to be a casualty of this change? Dave Williamson, one of the most respected voices influencing modern choirs in the last 20 years, says an emphatic "no". His brilliant new book, "God's Singers", reshapes the vision of the church choir from performance group to a God-centered, worship leading troupe. Whether you are thinking about starting a choir in your modern church or need direction for moving it forward from its current languishing, I can't urge you more strongly to consider Williamsons new book "God's Singers". Every church pastor and worship leader should read this book! You won't be disappointed! --Kim Gentes, President of WorshipTeam.com and Founder of WorshipMusic.com
As a worship pastor and a choir leader, I am constantly desiring to walk the line where authenticity and excellence meet, ministering deeply to the hearts of people and, more importantly, to the heart of God. There is no one whom I trust more to teach me how to do that than Dave Williamson. I am overwhelmed with not only the heart that drives "God's Singer", but also the depth of wisdom and revelation God has granted Dave. I'm a choir boy at heart and this book is going to make me a better leader of His singers. If you lead worshipers of any kind, you must read this book and allow the Spirit of God to teach you from the pen and heart of this anointed man! --Travis Cottrell, Worship Leader, Recording Artist, Songwriter, Arranger, Worship Pastor, Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, TN
No one understands choirs and how to inspire them to become relevant worshipers any better than my friend, Dave Williamson. His insight is brilliant and biblical. Transitioning a choir from a 'singers' mindset to one of worship and praise can transform singers, worship leaders and entire congregations. "God's Singers" is a 'must' for anyone involved in leading people in worship. --Geron Davis, Worship Leader, Songwriter, Recording Artist, Speaker
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Book Description in:ciite media, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110615406327