Worship and Culture – ETHM 530

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of worship as observed in biblical examples. Scriptural principles regarding worship are applied to the life of the individual and to individual responsibility in the corporate worship experience. Emphasis is on building a theological orientation for interculturality by understanding the nature of worship as the foundation for building interdependent relationships in the kingdom of God.




This course is designed to establish biblical principles for worship that are eternal and universal, while recognizing the great diversity within the various world cultures that are demographic in nature. The purpose is to provide for critical contextualization in the use of indigenous music for worship, discipleship, and evangelism.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze specific Biblical examples of acceptable or unacceptable worship.
  2. Identify cultural worship examples as acceptable or unacceptable.
  3. Discuss theological and cultural issues related to the contextualization of worship.
  4. Compare the Biblical position of acceptable and unacceptable worship with contemporary Christian practices in personal culture with worship practices in other ethnic cultures.
  5. Formulate a biblical/theological position paper for personal and corporate worship for presentation to others.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. The original post and two responses should total a minimum of 500 words.


The student will take the Pre-Test provided in the presentation in Module 1. After taking the Pre-Test, the student will read Appendix A and write a paper comparing and analyzing his/her responses with those observations included in the appendix. The response to the Pre-Test must be 450–500 words.

Reflection Papers (4)

Each student will complete 4 reflection papers based on the instructions provided within the course. Each reflection paper must be 450–500 words and comply with current Turabian format. The student will additionally submit Reflection Papers 2 and 3 to the applicable forums in the Discussion Board to share with classmates.

Final Paper

Each student will write a doctrinal position paper on the topic of worship that follows the guidelines provided within the course. The paper must be 1,500–2,000 words. This paper must be substantiated using only the Bible, assigned course readings, and presentations from this course.