A Lifestyle of Spirit-Empowered Worship - David DeGarmo - Episode 9

Dr. David L. De Garmo has served as the Provost of Global University since June 2016. Previously, Dr. De Garmo served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Theology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology. An experienced educator, he has served other institutions as an instructor, Chief Academic Officer, and President/CEO. 

A lead pastor for fourteen years, David also served seven years as a minister of music and worship leader. A deep interest in the topic of worship and a desire to lead the church in authentic worship has been a theme of his ministry.

David earned the Bachelor of Music from Evangel University, the Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. The topic of his doctoral project was Leading the Pentecostal Worship Service.

He enjoys reading and sports. David is married to Ruth. They have two grown daughters, both of them accomplished musicians.

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Or you can find out more about David's work at Global University at globaluniversity.edu.


Letters to the Church by Francis Chan

Worship is a Verb by Robert Webber

How God Became King by N. T. Wright

Episode Audio:

Chapter 1 - What is Worship

Paul said, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Worship isn't the song portion of a church service; it's much much more. David DeGarmo's experience as a worship leader, pastor, and educator gives him a valuable perspective that can help you learn more about developing a lifestyle of worship.

Chapter 2 - How to Have a Successful Worship Service

Have you ever left a worship service at church saying, "I really didn't get much out of that worship service. It wasn't really good?" Have you ever stopped to consider what you mean by "a good service?" If, like Dr. DeGarmo says, worship is the primary formational activity of the Church, what does it mean to do that successfully? In this chapter, David unpacks what it means to have a successful, a "good" worship service. His answer might make it a little easier for you to say, "That was a good worship service!"

Chapter 3 - Developing Habits of Prayer and Bible Reading

Habits of reading the Bible and Prayer don't happen overnight. They take time to develop. And it's tempting to think about those habits as something that only helps you grow as an individual. But because you belong to the body of Christ, they're so much more than that. In this chapter, David tells about his own journey of developing those habits, both by himself and with his family.

Chapter 4 - Cultivating a Lifestyle of Worship

You were created to worship. Everything about you and everything you do was created to bring glory to God. It's tough to remember that though when bills pile up and the kids get sick. In this chapter, David talks about how can you cultivate a lifestyle of worship that continues to worship God even in the middle of life's crazy mess.



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