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MAWL 5304   (3-3-0)   Leadership in Worship
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of visionary leadership in the practice of Christian worship. The role of the worship leader as an equipping minister and leader will be addressed. An examination of cultural, educational and aesthetic issues concerning worship planning will develop student skill sets necessary to synthesize, organize, and incorporate key worship materials for today’s church. The study includes the development of worship roles as leader, mentor, administrator and artist. Leadership principles encompassing worship arts administration, budgeting, calendar planning, team building, and leader development will be explored.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 5307   (3-3-0)   History of Worship Song
This course will equip the student with an understanding of the practice and function of corporate song in worship. Psalms, hymns, and contemporary songs will be studied from historical, theological, and musical perspectives. The aesthetic, cultural, and stylistic environments of each musical genre will be studied in order to reveal the purpose of the creation of these compositions for the worship experience. Performance practice is studied in order to prepare worship leaders with necessary skill sets to lead corporate song for today’s church.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 5310   (3-3-0)   Worship Philosophy and Practice
This course is designed to assist the student in developing a sound philosophy of Christian worship. A survey of biblical, historical, and psychological foundations in worship will aid the student in formulating services of worship. An examination of common practice, cultural, and aesthetic issues concerning worship will develop student skill sets necessary in synthesizing and incorporating key worship materials for today’s church. The study includes the fine arts in worship, and explores how to lead people in these specialized artistic disciplines.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 5312   (3-3-0)   Worship Songwriting and Arranging
This course explores the art of songwriting and is structured as a writing seminar as well as a lecture series with guest lecturers from the field of worship song composition and performance. Current worship songwriting practice is explored through compositional technique, song form, melodic construction and lyric analysis from a theological perspective. In addition, basic techniques of arranging for vocal and instrumental worship ensembles are explored.   Spring.
Prerequisite: MUSB 3320 and MAWL 5307 (or comparable experience in field or coursework).


MAWL 5315   (3-3-0)   Vocal and Instrumental Techniques in Worship
This course explores principles and methods of current worship performance practice in vocal and instrumental music for today’s church. The student worship leader is instructed in foundational vocal, choral, and instrumental pedagogies for worship ensembles; including coordinating and conducting vocal ensembles, rhythms sections, soloists, and instrumental ensembles.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6303   (3-3-0)   Spiritual Formation and Worship
This course provides a broad overview of spiritual formation and Christian worship. It includes practice in personal formation based upon biblical principles and integration of spiritual formation and worship in the individual life of the Christian and the corporate life of the Christian church.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6308   (3-3-0)   Worship Through the Ages
This course surveys the practice of private and corporate worship from the New Testament era through the present, including the rites. symbols, writings, and elements held sacred by the most prominent Christian traditions. It will also identify leaders who shaped most significantly the ways in which the Church has gathered to worship.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6311   (3-3-0)   Global Worship
The course examines the impact of worship as it relates to missions around the globe. The course will provide a biblical, theological, historical, and practical examination of the role worship exerts in the philosophy and practice of missions. Attention will be given to the practical ways worship aids the proclamation of the Gospel.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6313   (3-3-0)   21st Century Transformational Worship
The course examines the biblical, historical, philosophical and practical issues that provide "meaning" in the worship leader's life and ministry. This course draws upon the entire degree curriculum to encourage the development of a comprehensive worship ministry. Focus will be given toward encouraging a minister's self-awareness and evaluation, serious moral reflection upon the nature and content of ministry practice, and on-going worship ministry evaluation. The course aims to equip worship leaders to analyze a ministry context for its transformational qualities and to make changes to enhance this dimension personally and corporately.   Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6314   (3-3-0)   Worship Technology
This course acquaints the graduate student with cutting-edge technologies available to the church to use in the service of worship. The student will explore technologies which enhance the worship experience including: audio design, lighting design, and music programming. The student will also explore the visual and media arts in worship in order to design video clips, song lyric presentations and other artistic materials that aid in promoting the proclamation message of the Bible. This study will focus on current trends in the use of such materials in worship ministry and will develop criteria for evaluation of such technologies. During the course of study, the student will develop a sound philosophy of how and when to use visual, media, and audio arts in order to enhance the worship of God.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6316   (3-3-0)   Worship Theology for Contemporary Ministry
The course examines biblical, historical, and practical issues regarding theologies of Christian worship. The study explores theological foundations for understanding worship practice, assesses theological implications of personal and corporate worship ministry, and equips worship leaders in the application of a theology of worship in contemporary ministry contexts.  Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6319   (3-3-0)   Rehearsal Techniques for Worship Ensembles
This course explores advanced techniques in leading, directing, and communicating with various musical ensembles including: worship bands, vocal worship ensembles, and instrumental worship ensembles. The student will study conducting techniques, vocal techniques, and instrumental techniques and their application in the context of worship. Emphasis will be placed upon developing the worship ensemble’s musicality, style, and artistry. Attention will also be given to the use of the solo voice. The course will explore the appropriate attributes of leadership, musically and spiritually, in the ministry of worship and music in today’s church.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAWL 6380   (3-3-0)   Worship Practicum (Capstone Course) (S-L)
This course is designed to give each student one semester of supervised practicum experience as a leader in a worship ministry. The course places the student in a practical ministry context for supervised application of theoretical and artistic tools gained in the classroom setting. Each student will work with a mentor/coach for guidance in practical ministry experience. In addition, the student will complete a minimum of 30 hours of worship ministry practice with the mentor/coach. The practicum is intentionally designed from the service-learning perspective. Class meetings with the professor will address reporting, reflection, and discussion related to the worship practicum experience. Topics in the study include spiritual giftedness, interpersonal communication, staff relationships, and continuing education.   This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: Not to be taken in the first year of study.


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