One of the problems I’ve been chewing on is the demographics of the typical Protestant church (this includes UUs): average membership in most congregations is in the 100-200 range. This is not in the Saddleback or Willow Creek category, so I have to wonder “where does the musical talent and experience come from to kick staid worship practices into gear?”
Maybe this book has the answer:
From a Mustard Seed: Enlivening Worship and Music in the Small Church (Epperly, Bruce G. and Daryl Hollinger. Alban Institute, 2010)
I have not read the book yet, so can’t offer any personal opinions of it, other than to say that the description looks promising and that the authors promise “excellent worship”. That’s a keyword that grabs my attention. As others have noted, quality music contributes greatly to effective worship, while half-baked music detracts from otherwise good worship.
Check out the reviews on Amazon.com for an encouraging look at it: Amazon reviews