Training and Shepherding

2012 Doxology and Theology

In this 40-minute session from the 2012 Doxology and Theology Conference, Matt Boswell hosts worship leaders Stephen Miller, Michael Bleecker, and Matt Papa in a laid-back Q&A discussion about theological training and shepherding.

Matt Boswell is Pastor of Ministries & Worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. Stephen Miller is Worship & Creative Pastor at Real Life in Austin, Texas. Michael Bleecker is Worship Pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Matt Papa is a recording artist and a worship leader based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The panelist agreed on a handful of books for worship leaders that include

  • Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapel
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Systematic Theology by Wayne Gruden
  • Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin

What books have been formative in shaping your theology for leading worship?
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When asked about theological training for worship leaders, the panelist had different responses. Matt described how books stretch his view of God, Michael outlined the 2-year residency program at his church, and Stephen encouraged supportive mentors who teach in love and truth. What does theological training look like for you and your team? What could you do different?
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The panelists described key ways they shepherd congregants and teams. How do you shepherd congregants? What have you learned from their responses that you can incorporate in your leading?
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Michael and Matt described physical expression as a response to what moves your heart and stirs your soul. How do you encourage your congregants in physical expression?
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Matt Boswell concluded with, “Stylistically, we may be very different, but these guys share a heart and conviction that the church of God be built upon, shaped by, and matured with the Word of God. That is what we are after, in all humility, chasing after Christ…” May this be true for you as well. 

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