In September of 2013, Prairie Bible college announced that well known worship leader Brian Doerksen would be joining the Prairie faculty as the new Director of Music & Worship Arts. The program, which focuses on songwriting and worship within the church, was to start this fall with a small enrollment limit of 12 students. Earlier this year, in February 2014, 55 attended Doerksen’s one week class on “Emotionally Healthy Worship.” The reason for the title of this class is that Brian Doerksen has been combining his music with what he has learned from the contemplative author and pastor Peter Scazzero.
Scazzero is known for his Emotionally Healthy Spirituality resources which are based on practicing the Daily Office of St. Benedict, silence and centering prayer. These Scazzero learned while spending time at monasteries, chanting the set hours of prayer with Trappist monks.
Centering: Scripture commands us to “be still before the lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7). We are called to move into God’s presence and rest there. That alone is no small feat. For this reason I often spend two to 20 minutes centering myself so that I can let go of my tensions, distractions and sensations, and rest in the love of God.
When you find your mind wandering, let your breathing bring you back. As you breathe in, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. As you breathe out, exhale all that is sinful, false and not of Him. . .
Silence: Dallas Willard has called silence and solitude the two most radical disciplines of the Christian life. Solitude is the practice of being absent from people and things to attend to God. Silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to God. Henri Nouwen wrote, “without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life.” – Peter Scazzero
In May of this year Brian Doerksen, pioneer of integrating Scazzero’s EHS theology and practice into worship music, joined Peter Scazzero for a conference. There he not only led worship but also offered an Emotionally Healthy Songwriting Workshop.
Watch Doerksen’s promotion of this event…
Next year Brian Doerksen will be the key speaker at the Levite Summit (March 6-7, 2015) at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna, BC. Last year’s speakers at this event were Carolyn Arends and Erwin McManus.
The Levite Summit is also advertised and promoted on the Canadian Pacific District Christian & Missionary Alliance website, where we read:
We are excited to announce Brian Doerksen as our 2015 keynote speaker. Brian is an award-winning singer/songwriter, recording artist, author, conference speaker and pastor. Brian’s band, the Shiyr Poets will also be leading worship!
There are aspects of arts and faith that affect every one of us, and these sessions will raise interesting discussions and allow for a deeper look at the arts, worship and Christian thought and leadership as well as sessions on conflict resolution, prayer, spiritual health / burnout and more.
Will Doerksen’s worship blend be leading the Levite Summit attendees into a deeper look at Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality? If so, this is not the first time that the C&MA has promoted Peter Scazzero’s teachings. This is also not the first time that the contemplative influence on Doerksen’s direction has been a concern, as his favourite reading list (on his website) includes contemplative authors Mark Buchanan (The rest of God, Spiritual Rhythm), Eugene Petersen and Henri Nouwen.
Unfortunately, Brian Doerksen is not the only Christian musician who may be leading their fans and listeners across the ecumenical bridge of contemplative unhealthy spirituality.
 Brian Doerksen in concert
Creating Emotionally Healthy Worship Music with Brian Doerksen
Feb 24 – 28, 2014 @ Prairie Campus, Three Hills, Alberta
 The Power of Being Still (and Silent) Before God
 EHL Conference 2014 and The Emotionally Healthy Leader
 Peter Scazzero’s Contemplative Bridge Crossing to Canada
Scazzeros Spread Contemplative Spirituality at C&MA Conference
 For example, Gungor denies the Genesis creation account, Steve Bell has toured the speaking circuit with Brian McLaren:
God our Mother?
McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 4