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Servanthood of Song

Historical Perspectives on American Church Music for the 21st Century

Servanthood of Song is a history of American church music from the colonial era to the present. It’s focus is on the institutional and societal pressures that have shaped church song and have led us directly to where we are today.

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Servanthood of Song

Music, Ministry, and the Church in America

Dr. Stanley R. McDaniel reveals the gulf which separates advocates of traditional and contemporary worship – Black and White, Protestant and Catholic – is not new. In his new book he shows how history repeatedly shows us that ministry, to be effective, must meet the needs of the entire worshipping community, not just one segment, age group, or class.

Servanthood of Song provides an historical context for trends in contemporary worship in the United States and suggests that the current polemical divisions between advocates contemporary and traditional classically-oriented church music are both un-necessary and counterproductive.

It also draws from history to show that, to be the powerful component of worship it can be, music – whatever the genre – must be viewed as a ministry with training appropriate to that.


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  • Servanthood of Song is a history of American church music from the colonial era to the present. Its focus is on the institutional and societal pressures that have shaped church song and have led us directly to where we are today. 
  • The gulf which separates advocates of traditional and contemporary worship--Black and White, Protestant and Catholic--is not new. History repeatedly shows us that ministry, to be effective, must meet the needs of the entire worshiping community, not just one segment, age group, or class.
  • Servanthood of Song provides a historical context for trends in contemporary worship in the United States and suggests that the current polemical divisions between advocates of contemporary and traditional, classically oriented church music are both unnecessary and counterproductive. It also draws from history to show that, to be the powerful component of worship it can be, music--whatever the genre--must be viewed as a ministry with training appropriate to that. 
  • Servanthood of Song provides a critical resource for anyone considering a career in either musical or pastoral ministries in the American church as well as all who care passionately about vital and authentic worship for the church of today. 

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