Who is Robert Webber and 3 Reasons to Write Him a Thank You Note

Have you ever heard of Robert Webber? I hadn’t either.

We should get with it!

Webber was a theologian who specialized in worship and early church studies. His voice has only grown stronger since his death in 2007.

A quick look and I think you’ll agree that we owe him a big thank you.

3 things to note ABOUT Robert Webber and 3 notes TO Robert Webber

1. Webber played a key role in supporting the convergence movement.

What is the convergence movement?

An effort between charismatics and evangelicals to blend liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer with charismatic worship and to call Christians back to their early church roots.

Why would this matter to you as a friend of CHC?

-We love and prioritize worship

-We deeply value the Jewish and Early Christian roots of our faith

-ONENESS is a core value: if the convergence movement wasn’t a movement toward each other, we don’t know what is.

Dear Robert Webber,

Thank you for leaving the legacy of a worship institute that would emblazon on its homepage: Worship: the key to the Church’s renewal

To that we say YES and AMEN!

Your fan,


2. Webber says he founded Institute for Worship Studies with this question from many worship leaders in mind:

“Where can I go to study worship – not music – but worship?”

In Cayce-speak, I would express that using the words of an early 2000’s song, “You can sing all you want to, but don’t get me wrong, worship is more than a song.” (Indeed, and I really do love this song. Thank you Ross King)

More than a song?

Webber reminds us that worship enacts God’s story.

Webber reminds us that worship always looks something like this:

  1. Gathering – God calls us together to worship
  2. Word – God directs worship and speaks
  3. Table – We respond
  4. Sending – God sends us out into the world to share the goods

Dear Robert Webber,

Thank you for reminding us of the grace ALL over our faith. We needed the reminder that the pressure is off.

It wasn’t our idea to gather and worship, it was always God’s. God does indeed speak: softly, loudly, through my best friend and at times, the person I call enemy.

Robert, I am so relieved to know that I have only one responsibility here, one freeing job: to respond.


3. Webber also said this: “In the ancient church pastoral prayer was nonexistent. Prayer belonged to the people and arose out of the congregation.” – Robert E. Webber, Worship is a Verb

Aren’t we one beautiful expression of this? You, volunteer in our prayer house. You, Robin event specialist. You, Peter – Hospital team member.

None of you wears a collar and yet all of you pray passionately as a response to the worship of God in your lives and the lives of those you love.

Dear Robert Webber,  

Thank you for calling us out for pushing the pastor to be the best pray-er. Thanks for empowering the body like you did, we are better for it.  


Tell us what you think:

How are worship and renewal connected?

Who else should we write thank you notes to?

What would yours say?

Here’s to years of converging congregational worship and response to God happening in our midst!

For more, check out: Webber’s Ancient Future Worship Book

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