How to Build and Sustain Meaningful Worship in Modern Denominational Churches
Brian Russell has dedicated his life and career to developing and maintaining contemporary worship in denominational settings. He writes from real experience with Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist and Catholic churches with real challenges and, thankfully, real success stories. Beyond Rory Noland’s terrific work called Heart of the Artist, there is a dramatic lack of books that inform the work of creating contemporary worship. The need for such a resource exists, and Brian was inspired to produce this book as a way of addressing that need. This 262-page handbook has a comprehensive Table of Contents to assist readers in locating suggestions on dealing with their specific issues or interest. He also discusses the historical context of contemporary worship.
Russell currently serves as Director of Contemporary Worship and Creative Arts at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville, NC and resides in Greensboro with his wife Elizabeth. He is also Director of the Arts Alive Art Academy.
A 1990 graduate of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Russell completed his Masters in Divinity from Wake Forest University, where he also earned the Graduate Certificate in Spirituality and Health awarded by the School of Divinity and the School of Medicine. He is a founding member of Salvage Garden, an organization commissioned to serve the spiritual growth of persons with exceptional challenges. He consults with churches that are making efforts to start or reinvent contemporary worship, and he is available for workshops on the subject.
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