We are excited to announce the release of The Rev. Dr. David Curries’s new book on the theology of ecclesiastical worship and practice, The Big Idea of Biblical Worship! Dr. Currie is associate professor of pastoral theology and Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program and the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Currie has nurtured Christian leaders through a variety of ministry roles, including over three decades of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), serving as the chair of the New Church Development Committee of the Philadelphia Presbytery and on the Presbytery Council, and fifteen years as the organizing pastor of new church development. He has served the Coalition for Christian Outreach as a pastor of several churches in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently a Deacon in the Anglican Diocese in New England, and will soon be ordained to the Anglican priesthood; he currently serves and worships All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, Amesbury.
The purpose of The Big Idea of Biblical Worship: The Development and Leadership of Expository Services is to help preachers and other worship leaders focus on shared biblical content that everyone, regardless of denomination or theology, holds in common. The result is true communion and unhindered relationship with God and fellow worshippers.
The components of worship emerge from its content as filtered through a complex variety of contexts: denominational, cultural, ethnic, regional, generational, seasonal, theological, and more. If those involved in worship are in agreement about its basis in Scripture, then they can bring that common biblical content to their particular set of contexts. This book will help worship coordinators and ministry leaders develop worship services that fully reflect what God is saying in his word in ways that can be received and re-echoed in the uniqueness of particular communities.