Dictionary.com offers us some help:
noun: reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
plural noun: the arts imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp as studied academically
When the Dictionary.com definition of the words WORSHIP and ARTS are combined:
WORSHIP ARTS: Showing a reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred by using the imaginative, creative, and nonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively.
This textbook definition looks like it is missing one or two of the most important ingredients to what we call The Worship Arts. Here are some of the missing ingredients:
The word ministry *has* to be included because worship involves ministry. Ministry involves worship. I really believe the qualifying component to this short introductory of The Worship Arts is the word, ARTS.
The word ARTS stands alone. It plays both sides. It is the all time QB (Quarterback).
Throughout history, the ARTS have been clearly represented by both spiritual and natural, religious and secular people. Because of its creative essence, it is the ARTS that reflect most closely the idea of GOD and worship.
Read about the mission and vision of the Worship Arts Involvement.