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A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship DownloadsWorship Planning Resources, Downloads, and Supplementary Material

Open source software, helpful tutorials, and contemporary worship downloads/resources. Check out the worship resources and links...

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Looking of for the perfect contemporary worship song? We've indexed some popular choices by theme, season, and artist. Check out the contemporary worship song index...


recommended links & resources

As we've navigated our way through the world of contemporary worship (and still continue to do so), we've found some helpful videos, websites, and books along the way. Here's a few from our ever-growing list - if you think we're missing something, make sure you send a link our way!

Live Sound Resources - Multimedia Resources - Open Source Software

Recommended Reading - Sermon & Preaching - Tutorials


Live Sound & Church Audio Resources

If you're looking to do a little on-site training, the resources listed below can be a great way to learn more about church audio, speakers, mixers, microphones, and just about anything else!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipA Field Guide to Contemporary Worship

Audio Systems Guide for Houses of Worship

Basic P.A. Systems - A Primer for Using P.A. Systems by Yorkville Sound

Mackie Compact Mixer Reference Guide

Live Sound Reinforcement, Bestseller Edition (Hardcover & DVD)

Guide to Sound Systems for Worship

Microphone Techniques for Live Sound

Shure Notes

The Soundcraft Guide to Mixing

Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Application Guide

Yorkville Professional Audio Basics and User Tips Guide


Multimedia Resources for the Worship Team

Finding quality media, be it video clips for sermons, background images for song lyrics, or the tear-jerking ending of “Field of Dreams” can be a challenge, but we hope the list of audio/video/photography resources below will make that search a little less painful.

CG Textures


Church PowerPoint


Digital Hotcakes



Floodgate ProductionsFloodgate Productions



Free Stock Footage

Free Video Countdowns

Getty Images

Google Image Search


Highway Video


Igniter MediaIgniter Media


Lumicon Digital Productions

Motion Worship


Pump Audio


Sermon Spice


Shift Worship


Stock Footage for Free


thoughtequity Motion


Wikimedia Commons



WorshipHouse Media

Worship Media Pro


Open Source Software

If you're looking for a way to put up a church website on the cheap, need a content management system (CMS), or have desktop publishing needs, the open source software listed below may be a great way to meet the needs of your congregation. In addition, you'll find a few great resources for editing church videos, music, and other multimedia needs.






CSS Tinderbox




Google Docs








Open Source Web Design


Traverso DAW



Recommended Reading

Some of the reading listed below ties in directly with contemporary worship, and others are simply picks that we have found to be helpful/enlightening/controversial/engaging. Have a favorite that you'd like to recommend? Send us an email & we'll check it out!


Sermon & Preaching Resources

Every preacher has his or her favorite commentaries to use for sermon preparation. Dialing into culture is no longer as simple as the old instruction often attributed to Karl Barth that every preacher should hold a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Here are some resources a preacher may want to consider using in preparing sermons to better address culture.

Homiletics Online

Leonard Sweet

New Proclamation



Sermon Spice

Text Week


Images of the World


Tutorials and Educational Resources

Need to learn how to use Dreamweaver? Wondering how iTunes can work in conjunction with your contemporary worship service? Confused about how you should hook up monitors or microphones? Looking for some good advice on what music gear to purchase? The resources below encompass a wide range of knowledge, including searchable databases and forums - if you can't find what your looking for, just ask!



Digital Hotcakes

Flickr: Church Marketing Lab (beta)

Harmony Central


Musician's Friend

Pro Sound Web



Tutorial Dog

TweakHeadz Lab

Vic Firth




a field guide to contemporary worship

Now available for purchase via Augsburg Fortress, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship is a must-have guide for anyone thinking about starting a contemporary worship service, and an essential reference work for those wondering about the nuts and bolts of instrumentation, arranging, working with microphones and speakers, and much more!

A Field Guide to Contemporary WorshipWritten by a church musician and a pastor who have experienced the joys and challenges of this popular form of worship, A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship provides field-tested ideas and hints and a wealth of illustrations.

In this book you will learn how to form a worship team, how to build a repertoire, how to lead effective rehearsals, the basic of music arrangement and orchestration, how a PA system works, and how to arrange/assemble a sound system (including info on microphones and speakers).

If you've already been so kind as to purchase a copy [thanks, Mom], please make sure you take advantage of the supplementary material to the book found in the "Field Guide Extras" section. You'll find a ton of free contemporary worship resources, including a searchable index of contemporary worship songs organized by theme.

Order A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship (via Augsburg Fortress)


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