Passionate Worship: A Working Description

By Taylor Burton-Edwards


In the course of my work with GBOD, I've been asked on several occasions to do workshops and presentations on "Passionate Worship." While I always give credit to Bishop Robert Schnase's coining of this phrase, I've also developed a slightly different working description of passionate worship.

Here it is:

"Passionate worship intentionally engages the passions– the primal, affective, and generally non-cognitive aspects of our souls– and directs them toward their fullest expression of the love of God."

I would be very interested in any questions, concerns or other feedback on this definition you may like to provide in the comments below.