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BOOK REVIEW “BORN FOR WORSHIP – THE BEST YOU CAN BE IN WORSHIP-ARTS MINISTRY” by TIMOTHY J MILLER | Melissa Doppler Although he covers a broad range of topics Some ideas may not be new, but I found to help a worship musician and leader grow, several to be refreshingly uncommon. We can the overarching theme is personal growth and all use some friendly reminders – but it’s rare to spiritual transformation, which is our most hear a new concept or a truly fresh perspective. fundamental act of worship. One of the things I valued most about Tim’s “I am increasingly convinced that message is he says what many people think ministry – at its very core – is all about or experience and are rarely willing to confess, transformation.” address or work through. He faces head on the issues of team conflict, hidden sin, submission, It’s easy in modern church life to find ourselves pride, offense, motivation, when to step out of focusing on execution, excellence and the a role, and more. I’ve served on some great expression of our worship, and Tim confesses worship teams under wonderful leaders but himself prone to this trap along with the best of in my experience most leaders are either too us. Perhaps this is why he spends 80% of the busy, too afraid of confrontation and “mess”, or book on matters of the heart, soul and spirit. too immature or insecure to tackle these issues Tim is a pastor and teacher and he draws richly head on when they crop up in their team, or on these gifts. His passion, joy and sense of even themselves. absolute calling is clear and compelling. Timothy J Miller is a Pastor for Worship This book is an easy read. Each chapter is Pastors. He helps worship professionals, “God values the unreserved gift short and punchy – but the content is rich and church volunteers and leaders increase their of our heart far greater than the noise we deep. I recommend reading Born For Worship impact. Tim has decades of experience as make.” carefully, prayerfully and over time. Although it a worship musician, leader and ordained is not written with a study guide, it could easily pastor. With many degrees and certifications It is clear that he has spent a good many years in Music, Audio Recording, English, Education, assessing, analyzing, learning and growing in Communications, Life Coaching, and even his own leadership and ministry and we are I once heard Andy Stanley say that one of the Game Programming/Development, Tim draws the happy recipients of his learned wisdom reasons he has always read leadership books on a wealth of knowledge and experience. He and insight. He is frank and transparent about with his staff and leadership team is that it’s is also a John Maxwell Certified Speaker and the lessons he has learned along the way. He easier to let the author be the expert – they Coach. For more information about Tim visit provides easy ‘handles’ throughout to help us can voice concepts and lessons that may not Hearts in Tune Worship www.htworship.com consider and apply the concepts he is sharing, be accepted or received if they are delivered with thoughtful questions in each chapter by someone on the ‘inside’. I would encourage The mission statement for Worship Musician which would be equally beneficial for group worship leaders and pastors to invest in a copy Magazine discussion or individual contemplation. of this book for every person on their team and article, interview and review in this magazine then work through its content together. Even if is intended to resource worship musicians, “Pause & Consider: What can I do in my each person took away only one or two things, leaders, pastors and teams to grow their ministry role to influence worship when I hazard a guess that the impact on their team, talents for God’s glory and service. It’s been a my mouth is shut, my instrument is silent, their walk with God and their ability to lead their long while since I’ve read a book which shares and I have no buttons to press?” congregation in worship would be exponential. is “better by Sunday”. Every be applied that way. that mission as well as Born For Worship does. Tim shares excellent tools for leaders and What strikes me most about this book is that individuals to assess, measure, and grow their $16.95 Tim keeps ‘the main thing the main thing’. contribution as worship musicians and leaders. Amazon.com 78 August 2019 Subscribe for Free...