The Relational Pastor

The Relational Pastor1The Relational Pastor
Andrew Root
InterVarsity Press

Andrew Root has a challenge for ministers: Stop trying to be a “self-help entertainer” and start focusing on building meaningful relationships where you share your life with others. Root explains that the church needs to redirect its emphasis from seeing people as “individuals” to “persons.” The two main aspects of valued relationships among persons are empathy and transformation. Root encourages ministers to recognize that a person is a multi-dimensional human who can form bonds and interact with other persons in a caring, empathetic manner, just as Jesus did. An individual is someone often considered more of an object whom ministers tend to view as an asset to a ministry, but not particularly helpful in building a growing, Christ-like church body. Root strongly challenges church leaders to truly share themselves with their congregation, and emphasizes prayer as the driving force in relational ministry. Root gives compelling and well-reasoned arguments on the many benefits of minister’s becoming “relational pastors.”  

Jeff Friend


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Set List: April 3, 2013

Setlists500pxMost Played Song This Week:
Hosanna – Brooke Ligertwood

Happy Day – Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes

Jesus Paid It All – Elvina Mabel Hall, John Thomas Grape
Overcome – Jon Egan
Cornerstone – Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury

All Other Entries:
Alive Forever Amen
All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Awesome In This Place
Because He Lives
Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)
Christ Is Risen
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Here In Your Presence
Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)
How He Loves
Jesus Messiah
Lead Me To The Cross
Mighty To Save
My Faith Has Found A Resting Place
My Redeemer Lives(I Know He Rescued My Soul)
My Savior Lives
Oh Glorious Day
Revelation Song
There Is Power In The Blood
Victory In Jesus
10,000 Reasons
Alive Forever Amen
All People That On Earth Do Dwell
All To Us
Ancient Words
And Now My Lifesong Sings
At The Cross
Before The Throne Of God
Better Is One Day
Bless The Lord
Blessed Assurance
Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord
Brighter Day
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Death In His Grave
Everlasting God
For The Cross
For Your Name (Hillsong)
Free For All
Glorious Day
Glory Come Down
God Is Able
God Of Wonders
God’s Not Dead
Had It Not Been
Hallelu! He Lives!
Hallelujah To My King
Hallelujah, It Is Finished
He Is Coming
Here I Am To Worship
Holy – Jesus Culture
How Great Is Our God” (Tomlin)
I Am Forgiven
I Am Free
I Belong To You
I Call Your Name
I Exalt Thee
I Will Rise
I’ve Found A Love
In Christ Alone.
Jesus Is Alive
Jesus, No Other Name I Know
Joy To The World
King Of Glory
Let God Arise
Let It Rain
Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall
Like A Lion
Living He Loved Me
Living In Me
Lord I Need You
Make It Loud
Marvelous Light
More Than Amazing
Moving Forward
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
My Savior My God
No Sweeter Name
None But Jesus
Nothing Is Impossible
O Precious Sight (The Wonder Of The Cross)
Oh To See The Dawn (Power Of The Cross)
On The Bloodstained Ground (I Kneel Down)
One Single Drop
One Thing Remains
Our God
Our God Is Love
Our God Reigns
Our God’s Alive!
Peace Be With You
Power Of Your Love
Praise Him
Praise Him, Praise Him
Resurrection Chant
Resurrection Day
Resurrection Hymn
Scandal Of Grace
Shout To The Lord
Sweetly Broken
Teach Me To Surrender,
The Anthem
The Blood Will Never Loose It’s Power
The Father’s Heart
The Gospel Truth
The Greatness Of Our God
The Lord Reigns
The More I Seek You
The Old Rugged Cross
The Stand
The Time Has Come
The Wonder Of The Cross
The World Didn’t Give It
Till I See You
To The Cross
Today Is The Day
We Have A Savior
We Will Glorify
Were You There?
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies)
Worthy Is The Lamb
You Are Holy
You Are My King
You Led Me To The Cross
You Lifted Me Out
You Won’t Relent
You’re So Good
Your Grace Is Enough
Your Great Name

Mi Corazon Canta

Cantos De Alabanza cover copy1Cantos De Alabanza
TSG Records

With Phil Sillas at the helm as producer, a prominent group of Spanish worship leaders known as Cantos De Alabanza has released Mi Corazon Canta, a wonderful album featuring some of today’s best-loved songs of praise and worship sung entirely in Spanish. This album features singers from the Dove-award winning group, including Lily Cruz, Mark Gutierrez, Priscila Romero, and Alfonso Hernandez, along with other Latin CCM artists such as Christine D’Clario, Omar Galarza and others. These arrangements are very well done, with a high production value. Many of the songs take on a whole new Latin-infused flavor, while maintaining the lyrical integrity of the original version. The band does an amazing job as well, providing an excellent support for this talented group of singers.

More: The concept of this project is commendable, to take these well-loved worship songs that have impacted so many people, and make them available in Spanish as a tool for worship leaders to use in their congregations. Songs such as Hillsong’s “Desert Song,” Gungor’s “Beautiful Things,” Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah,” and others are accurately translated, so the lyrics remain strong and powerful. Also notable are the salsa versions of “Miracles Still Happen” and “Te Alabo (I Will Praise You).”

Less: Of course, whenever songs are translated, there will also need to be some rhythmic changes in the lyrics to make the new lyrics fit, and just from listening to it, it’s hard to say whether some of the lyrics flow as easily. But, the bottom line is that these fantastic songs of worship can now be enjoyed and incorporated into the worship experiences of our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters, and Cantos De Alabanza have captures the essence of the songs in passionate, beautiful cries of worship.

4.5 stars
Barry Westman