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Online Worship Studies Courses

WORS 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.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 5307   (3-3-0)   History of Worship Song

This course will equip the student with an understanding of the history, practice, and function of corporate worship song from the ancient church to the present day. Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs are studied from biblical, historical, theological, and musical perspectives. Worship song stylistic periods will be explored and the church culture in which these styles developed. Worship song as literature, music, and theology will be explored. Current performance practice is studied in order to prepare the worship leader with necessary skill sets in order to lead corporate song for the Christian faith. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 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 Christian faith and practice. The study includes the incorporation of the fine arts in worship experiences and explores how to mentor worship artists in the visual and performing arts in order to foster their artistic leadership in the context of worship.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 6303   (3-3-0)   Spiritual Formation and Worship

This course provides a broad overview of spiritual formation and Christian worship. It explores personal formation, including the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, study and the outward disciples of simplicity, solitude, submission and service, based upon biblical principles which lead to a life building upon biblical servant leadership. The study also explores integration of worship in the personal life of the Christian and the corporate life of the Christian church.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 6308   (3-3-0)   Worship Through the Ages

This course will survey the history and practice of Christian worship from the New Testament era through the present. Students will trace the development of Christian worship practice with emphasis on cultural and historical context, key leaders, movements, technological developments and geographic locations. The study will include rites, liturgies, symbols, writings and elements held sacred in Christian tradition.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 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.   

  • Offered: Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

WORS 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.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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