Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services

Baker, 2011
ISBN: 9780801072178


No matter how great Sunday’s worship service was, there’s always another Sunday service just around the corner, waiting to be planned—a reality that forces most pastors and church leaders into a continual state of stress. Can you relate?

Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free guide to planning creative worship services that allow for true life change. Comprehensive in scope, Engage provides teaching pastors, worship leaders, and volunteers with the tools they need to work together to develop and implement a worship planning system that improves communication, enhances creativity, and honors Jesus every week.

Worshiping God should never be stressful or business-as-usual. If you’re ready for a positive change in your worship planning, it’s time to Engage.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Offers a stress-free way to handle worship service planning from week to week
  • Discusses tools that are needed to develop and implement a worship planning system
  • Strives to show leaders how to honor Jesus through improved communication and enhanced creativity


  • Philosophy of Worship
    • Why Ask Why? Determining Your Philosophy of Worship
    • WORSHIP: Seven Principles of Life-Transforming Worship
  • Preaching Calendar
    • Wanted: Radically Transformed Lives
    • Laying a Solid Foundation: How to Plan Your Preaching
    • Preaching for Life Transformation: Tips and Temptations
  • Planning and Conducting Worship Services
    • Below the Waterline: Building Your Worship Planning System
    • Creative Transformation: Aligning Creative Elements for Excellence
    • The Trial Run: Conducting a Message Run-Through
    • Defining Relationships: The Pastor/Worship Pastor Challenge
  • Evaluating and Improving Worship Services
    • Evaluating for Excellence: The Philosophy behind Service Evaluation
    • Closing the Book: How to Evaluate and Improve Your Services
  • Conclusion: Five Steps to More Engaging Worship Next Sunday

Praise for the Print Edition

I have had the privilege of experiencing both a service at Journey Church and an up-close view of the vital relationship between Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley. These two guys model a strong pastor/worship arts leader connection that is deeply respectful, mutually supportive, and practical in its day-to-day systems. Most importantly, Nelson and Jason are driven to create church services that result in life transformation. I highly recommend this book as a tool for all of us who are passionate about creating life-changing hours on Sunday mornings week after week.

—Nancy Beach, champion for the arts, Willow Creek Association

Jason Hatley is a trusted voice in the worship community, and also has an incredible God-given gift for mentoring worship leaders. His insights are very helpful as they come from a proven track record and a pure desire to worship God fully.

—Rick Muchow, pastor of worship, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

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About the Authors

Nelson Searcy served as the director of The Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church before starting The Journey Church of the City in New York City in 2002. He and his 2,000-member church appear routinely on lists such as The 50 Most Influential Churches and The 25 Most Innovative Leaders. The Journey is a multi-site church with locations across New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. His newsletter for pastors and church leaders, Church Leader Insights, now reaches more than 80,000 subscribers and continues to grow by hundreds each month.

Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Jennifer also worked with Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jason Hatley is the pastor of worship arts at The Journey Church and has been a worship leader since 1996. Founder of www.worshipleaderinsights.com, Jason has spoken at the Willow Creek Arts Conference and The Purpose Driven Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. Currently, Jason serves at The Journey’s newest location in Boca Raton, Florida.


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