Lest you think that Dr. Coleman has “quit preachin’ and gone to meddlin’” in this sensitive topic of music, and especially church-appropriate music, please give this book a chance. Coleman draws from many sources, both Seventh-day Adventist and non-Adventist, to explain just how the type of music we use in church worship services affects our worship experience and our Christian experience.
When addressing the current trend of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), he assures the reader that he is not against all CCM, but cautions against using a song just because it may be popular or may draw a certain crowd into the church. He shows how merely the use of contemporary music may attract people to attend church, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to a true conversion or the intentional discipling of those people.
Dr. Coleman states, “The seeker sensitive model involved a de-emphasis of traditional methods of evangelism and discipleship such as doctrinal preaching, calling for repentance from sin, and committing oneself to give Bible studies; rather, it focused on innovation and meeting the wants of people—often dubbed “felt needs” … The seeker sensitive model also caused people to view Christianity as something “cool” and made them feel comfortable in “dressing down” to attend church worship service, sometimes in jeans and a t-shirt. However, it resulted in producing spiritually weak Christians who were pastor-dependent and not committed to making disciples for Christ.”
Music ministry leaders and anyone who enjoys music in church will learn to be a little more discriminating in the choice of music after gaining the insights provided in this book.
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Michael G. Coleman earned a Doctor of Ministry degree with concentrations in leadership and discipleship from Andrews University. He is also completing requirements for a Ph. D degree in business administration from the University of Montemorelos in Mexico. In addition, he holds a Master's degree in history and a Master of Divinity degree. While serving as a pastor in New York for the last three decades, he has been engaged at important junctures in discussions, research, and workshops on music and worship. He is passionate about serving God, and he loves people of all ages and ethnicities. He has conducted evangelistic meetings in many places throughout New York State. Hundreds of people have been baptized as a result of God's Spirit working through his ministry. He has been married to his lovely wife, Rose Marie, for eighteen years and they have three wonderful teenage daughters.
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