EMMA SYKES, leadership specialist at the CPAS and an associate missioner in a parish, argues in a booklet, Vulnerability in Leadership (L24, Grove Books, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-85174-971-3), for leaders to let their feelings show, but gives cautionary advice about how and when.
In his Encountering Vineyard Worship (W228, Grove Books, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-85174-981-2), John Leach, a Charismatic priest, looks at Vineyard churches’ impact on C of E churches in the New Wine and “HTB” networks. Over two decades, he says, these have unreflectively bought into a philosophy that squeezes out what Anglicans call “liturgy”, missing out on its benefits. Singing songs, with the accent on constant novelty, he says, has become a master, not a servant, and he urges rediscovery of liturgical texts, silence, and service-planning.
Mark Earey’s Evaluating Worship: How do we know it is any good? (W227, Grove, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-85174-972-0) looks at such models of worship as intimate encounter, edification, duty and service, and ongoing offering; criteria; and local or larger-scale evaluation.