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WORSHIP SCHOOL is a six-hour teaching Intensive taught
by Gerrit Gustafson. It is co-hosted by a local church
and WholeHearted Worship and designed to deepen the understanding
and experience of worship of those who attend.
IS LOOKING FOR WORSHIPERS...
not just believers or attenders, but those who really worship!
Jesus said in John 4 that His
Father is seeking worshipers. This is the mission of the WORSHIP
SCHOOLS: to help us become the kind of worshipers the
Father is seeking.
Throughout the history of God's
people, the issues of worship -- whom we worship, why
we worship and how we worship -- have often been
the pivotal issues determining the freedom, welfare and fruitfulness
of His people.
It's still true today...
"May the peoples praise
you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God
will bless us." Psalm 67:5,6.
Teaching is like planting seeds.
If church leaders want to see an increase of faith, or evangelism,
or prayer among their people, they will probably teach on
faith, or evangelism or prayer. In so doing, they are sowing
particular seeds toward a particular harvest.
Providing teaching on worship is one of the best things to
do in order to see an increase in the experience of worship
and God's presence.
A ONE DAY WORSHIP SCHOOL is a well-organized, thoughtful
presentation that will penetrate the hearts and minds of those
who attend. It will be a great initiation for those who
are just beginning the discovery of worship, and it will
help give new vision and understanding to the "veteran
IS A ONE DAY WORSHIP SCHOOL LIKE?
A ONE DAY WORSHIP SCHOOL starts
with registration at 8:15 AM. Registrants are given a 36-page Worship
Schools Study Guide. The first of six sessions
begins promptly at 9 AM with an introduction and some worship.
Topics will vary from one location to another, but here are
>> THE BIG PICTURE.
This lesson gives us some basic definitions and takes us
through a brief history of worship showing how historically
significant the present emphasis on worship is. Key text:
I Peter 2:5, 9 -- the Church as a priestly people.
>> PREFERENCES AND ESSENTIALS IN WORSHIP. Often
the development of worship is hindered because of the tendency
to make ultimate issues out of personal preferences without
considering the Biblical essentials. This distinction is
vital in establishing a unified approach to worship for your
congregation or fellowship.
>> SPIRIT & TRUTH - THE DIVINE IMPERATIVE.
Here we understand the 1st of 3 Biblical essentials: true
worship must be in spirit and truth. But what does it mean
to worship in spirit and truth? Based on John 4:24-25, this
lesson helps us evaluate both our personal and corporate
worship, and grow in fulfilling this divine imperative.
>> ALL MY BEING. Linking the Great Commandment
-- loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength
-- with our life of worship, we'll receive more insight into
God's specifications for worshipers. In this 2nd of 3 Biblical
essential, we'll consider the importance of the spiritual,
intellectual, emotional and even physical components of worship,
and evaluate our church cultures in light of God's desire
>> SONGS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS. In this
3rd Biblical essential, we'll learn about the Biblical paradigm
of diversity in worship that is simultaneously Historic,
Contemporary and Prophetic. This will give a Biblical foundation
for bridging the cultural chasm between Contemporary and
Historic Worship. Key text: Rev. 4:8 -- Heaven worships the
God of the past, present and future.
>> THE FIVE FINGERS OF WORSHIP. Here we look
around at 5 areas of development in worship today. These
sub-movements are 1) Youth Worship, 2) Neo-Liturgy, 3) User-Friendly
Worship, 4) Prophetic Worship, and 5) Small Group Worship.
Each has an important contribution to the big picture, and
all are inter-related, like fingers on a hand. This will
help know how to handle the uniquenesses God has for you
as a worshiper and your congregation.
LEADERSHIP. This deals with the common
challenges that a commitment to worship brings...
challenges like "what to do when you
don't have anyone to lead worship?"...
"do we really want to bring drums
into the church?"... "aren't
we trying to learn too many new songs" ...
and so on? We'll look at the most common
hindrances to meaningful worship and how
to overcome them.
>> WILD CARD. The final session
may consist of Q & A, prayer ministry,
or a unique message that Gerrit feels appropriate.
sessions are lively, humorous, insightful and interspersed
with worship. More importantly, as Don Moen says, Gerrit's
"teaching will change you forever." By the end
of the day, you are saturated with new vision and enthusiasm
for taking the next steps in your life of worship. Each
graduate gets a signed Certificate of Graduation.
INVOLVED IN HOSTING A ONE DAY WORSHIP SCHOOL?
We make it easy for you. We
provide you with a strategy and materials to help promote
the event. Hosting costs usually run between $1000 and $1500
which cover the speaker's fee, travel & lodging and some
printing and mailing costs. Host churches recoup their costs
either by: 1) charging a registration fee (we recommend $30
for Onsite Registrationa and $25 for Early Registration),
2) receiving offerings, and/or 3) sharing expenses with co-hosting
churches. If you charge a registration fee, only 50 or 60
registrants will cover your costs.
For more information, please fill out the Inquiry
Form. (US addresses only.) We will quickly send you
out a Packet of Information. Senior Pastors and Worship
Pastors requesting Worship Schools Information receive a FREE
WORSHIP CD! (Sorry... free CD for U.S. Pastors & Worship Leaders only.)
here to fill out the Inquiry Form
ME ABOUT GERRIT GUSTAFSON
Gerrit Gustafson served
as a church planting pastor and teacher for 15 years before
becoming part of the original Creative Team of Integrity
Music in 1985. Through Integrity, Gerrit worked with
nationally-known worship leaders and songwriters in helping
to plan and create many of the recordings in the early
years of the company. The phenomenal growth of this pioneering
praise and worship company led to teaching opportunities
for Gerrit all over the world.
teaching became an increasing part of Gerrit's life,
he served Integrity as a consultant and later started
his own company, WholeHearted
Worship, which creates recordings and songbooks
that help accompany worship. Not content just to theorize,
Gerrit has always been actively involved in songwriting
and creating resources to serve the Body of Christ.
Gerrit and his wife, Himmie, have been married 37 years.
They have 5 children and live in the Nashville area.
Here are some commendations from others about Gerrit's ministry:
Don Moen, Worship Leader, Songwriter and International
is one of the most profound teachers on worship that
I have ever heard. His presentation is totally non-hyped
and full of rich truths on worship that will change you
forever. Words that come to my mind when I think about
Gerrit Gustafson are, 'substance, integrity, heartfelt
and truthfulness.' His message on worship is something
that he feels deeply and this is reflected in his life
and in the life of his family. I highly recommend Gerrit
and his ministry to you."
Graham Kendrick, songwriter (Shine Jesus Shine, Amazing Love,
Knowing You) and international worship activist
"Thoughtful and wise,
Gerrit is a worship practitioner, not just a theorist,
and combines a mind that searches the Scriptures with
a gracious and humble attitude and a servant heart."
Sally Morganthaler, worship & culture specialist, author of Worship
"Beyond style, beyond
cosmetics, Gerrit gets to the epicenter of what worship
is and what our worship relationship with God was meant
to be. His is a voice of clarity."
Tom Kraeuter, author of numerous books on worship and director
of Training Resources
always find Gerrit's teachings to be profoundly insightful
and very challenging."
Bob Sorge, author of Exploring Worship and conference
"Gerrit has a way
of communicating profound Kingdom insights in a way that
can be easily grasped. His passion for authenticity makes
his teaching ministry relevant and practical, while his
hunger for God's heartbeat keeps him on the front edge
of what God is downloading to His people in this final
Paul Baloche, songwriter (Open the Eyes of My Heart) and
"Gerrit is the 'Yoda'
of praise and worship."
Brent Garrard, Senior Pastor, In Focus Church, Augusta, GA
"As a local Pastor
I have been touched, challenged and inspired by Gerrit's
teaching. His God given insight into the Word of God
brings a fresh revelation to the power of worship and
it's eternal purposes and place in the earth today.
You will not find a more practical, down to earth and spiritually
rich teacher. There is no question that Gerrit sits in
the office of a teacher and is being used as one of God's
mouthpieces to instruct the Body of Christ about biblical
forms of worship.
Our congregation has continued to practice what Gerrit
taught long after he departed, and that is a sign of the
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