Pastor/Worship Leader, Consider these resources for your ministry!
I am here to help! And–I can come where you are to help! My dream is to share what I have learned in all these years study and ministry in the area of worship. I do not promote any style of music. I try to bring the unchanging truths of the Word and Heart of God to the issues of private and public worship. In these pages you will find information on my book–
Worship That Pleases God: The Passion and Reason of True Worship
This is a comprehensive book ranging far beyond the sanctuary to the private altar, to the heart of the worshiper and even to the workplace. Whole-life worship is the kind that pleases God.
“Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise and do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15, 16 NIV)
Brand New! A Study Course for Worship Teams:
More Than Music: Becoming a Highly Effective Worship Team
More than Music: Becoming a Highly Effective Worship Team is a biblically sound presentation of why and how singers, instrumentalists, and technicians can come together to lead the People of God in corporate worship. Team members are shown how to find the dynamic center between cultural effectiveness and spiritual power.
To assist all believers in moments of private prayer…
Whether you start or end your day with a quiet time alone with the Lord, the Path of Life Devotional will help you and encourage you. Each devotion is given a one-word title. Around this idea you will find an inspirational essay, chosen scriptures passages, a prayer, and a song. Be sure to click the follow option to receive email notification of each day’s post. Go to PathofLifeDevotions.com.
There is so much inspiration and information at this website! This is an index of all the articles listed under the four core values of this ministry: Artistry/Integrity/Ministry/Worship Renewal. Each title is also a link to that article. To consult this index go to: https://stevephifer.com/resources/article-links/
Here is information on the seminars I can bring to your church.
The Power of the Dove: Living in the Gentle Power of the Holy Spirit My most recent seminar is for the whole church. We are told in the Bible to “walk in the Spirit.” What does that mean? How do we do that? In this 5-part teaching I attempt to bring together the biblical revelation of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to and through the New Covenant believer. For information go to: https://stevephifer.com/worship-seminar-the-power-of-the-dove/
Enter In…covers much of material in Worship that Pleases God in seminar form. In four sessions it works well as a worship revival. The most frequent response I have received to this teaching is “life-changing.” With this seminar you can take a major step toward unifying the worship vision of your church. Find out more about this life-changing teaching! Go to: https://stevephifer.com/worship-seminar/
In the Secret Place: Pray like the Apostles
I did my doctoral thesis on private worship. One of the results is this teaching. Our people want to to pray. What they need is a proper biblical understanding of prayer and a sound, proven method of praying. In the Secret Place can help them succeed in private prayer. Imagine the long-term effect of more and more of your people praying more and more! To discover a deeper dimension of prayer, go to: https://stevephifer.com/worship-seminar-private-worship/
Generation -2- Generation
Designed for the whole Worship Team, Generation -2- Generation serves to unite the whole family of God in worship. Separate sessions for worship team artists and technicians and for the pastoral team help pinpoint challenges and provide proven solutions. The world would divide us; the Holy Spirit wants to unite us. Find out how to lead this kind of worship. Read more about this seminar at: https://stevephifer.com/worship-seminar-generation-to-generation/
A City on a Hill: The Church in the Marketplaces of Culture is a cutting-edge presentation of a godly, biblical vision for ministry through the arts. The church should be the most creative place in town. Through organized artistic ministry, we can pass the torch to a new generation of communicators made holy and powerful by the Spirit of God. The Latter Day Outpouring of the Spirit will be marked by the visions and dreams of the young and the old. Ever work of art begins as a dream or a vision. Worship Renewal must be marked by a renewal of the arts, fit again for the use of Master Creator. Find more information at: https://stevephifer.com/worship-seminar-a-city-on-a-hill/
With the A Heart of Praise seminar, I condense years and years of pastoral experience and Bible study into two teaching sessions. This presentation is perfect for worship team or choir retreats where there are other items on the schedule. The beauty of this for the local leader is that I get to say and teach things that the leader wants to say but usually can’t without offending the ones who need the teaching most.
My desire is for you to have a platform filled with humble, passionate, lovers of God who are being actively assisted in ministry by the power of the Holy Spirit. How can this be? Because God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble and because the goals of your team agree with the purposes of the Spirit. As is stated in A Heart of Praise: Musicians who want to sing and play with the Power of the Holy Spirit, need to be in agreement with the Purposes of the Holy Spirit.
A Heart of Praise is perfect for a weekend retreat setting or worship team/choir and orchestra workshop. I can then stay over Sunday morning preach a sermon to inspire your congregation to deeper worship both privately and in the sanctuary. For more details, go to: https://stevephifer.com/worship-renewal-seminar-a-heart-of-praise/
I believe in the use of band and orchestra instruments in worship today. Psalm 150 calls for this and I believe with all my heart that it pleases the Lord. When worship leaders try to use the music students and experienced players in the church, musical arrangements are required. While much music of this sort is available from publishers, it is helpful to have someone who can arrange the songs you choose for your players. I have done this for many years and would love to help you bring on the instrumentalists in your church! Let’s work together! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
Pastor, do you need a friend? Perhaps you would be blessed to have a friend who has studied the Bible on worship for 40+ years. Maybe this friend would also have even more years than that actually leading worship and serving on several pastoral staffs. I want to be that friend! I believe in your calling, your leadership, and your vision. I want to be on your team!
I propose more of a friendship than a business partnership. I want to listen to you. What has the Lord been telling you about what He wants from your worship services? I might be able to help you find a road from where you are now to where the Lord wants you to be. Working with creative artists can be a challenge. I have pastored them for many years and chances are I can help. Let’s talk!
If you have an undergraduate degree and are ready to
continue your ministerial studies, consider the Master of Arts in Worship Studies at The University of Valley Forge. This online program is designed for worship leaders and lead worshipers! It is not a music degree; it is a theological study of worship and worship leadership from both music side and the pastoral side. I have the joy of teaching these classes:
- Introduction to Worship Studies
- Biblical Foundation of Worship
- Pentecostal Spirituality
- Pastoring the Worshiping Community
- Developing and Leading the Worship Team
- Lead Pastor–Lead Worshiper
For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/zobfxnw
I lead worship on Fridays for the senior chapel at Victory Church in Lakeland. Here are the worship sets I have done recently: https://preview.tinyurl.com/yag5yuhk
Enjoy my website and pray about you and me joining forces to see your church arise in the power and glory our Rise Savior!
Dr. Stephen Phifer