Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship – WMUS 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the current available resources and techniques employed by contemporary worship leaders.  Consideration is given to practical issues related to rehearsal techniques, programming, MIDI technology, sound reinforcement, use of drama, use of drama as script, and worship events. (Formerly WRSP 610)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Every leader in the contemporary church faces technical, methodological and social changes that significantly impact the local church.   In the ministry landscape of the 21st century, those changes are occurring faster and faster.  Therefore, church leaders not only need to be informed of current techniques in ministry, but also equipped with the necessary tools to navigate the imminent changes that will have a lasting impact in the future and those that are only passing fads.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate worship leading tools and techniques appropriate for evangelical worship.
  2. Articulate trends in communicating worship through various forms of media.
  3. Design practical, Biblically based worship services
  4. Identify and justify strategic tools and techniques for ministry.
  5. Assimilate and develop a catalog of available resources for worship.
  6. Articulate the Biblical basis for worship methodologies.

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 (6)

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 be 450–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 4 citations in current Turabian format are required for each thread, and 2–5 biblical principles must be integrated. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 4 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 citation in current Turabian format.

4-MAT Method Book Review

The student will complete a 4-MAT Method Book Review of the following text using the template provided within the course:

Cherry, Constance. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.              (ISBN: 9780801038747)

Summary Analysis Book Review

The student will complete a chapter by chapter Summary Analysis Book Review of the following text using the template provided within the course:

Maxwell, John. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People will Follow You. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson; 2nd edition, 2007 (9780785288374)

Comparative Analysis

Students compose a 10-12 page paper that compares and contrasts the main themes and methodologies outlined in these two texts using the 4-MAT Review Method:

Lane, Tom. The Worship Band Book: Training and Empowering Your Worship Band. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 2012 (ISBN: 9781458418173)

Williamson, Dave. God's Singers: A Guidebook for the Worship Leading Choir in the 21st century (Director's Edition). Nashville, TN: InCite Media. 2010 (ISBN: 9780615406329)

CAPSTONE PREPARATION PROJECT: Part 1

In preparation for the Capstone Project - Final Submission, you will create a list of at least 8 references in current Turabian format. For each reference, a short rationale of no more than 2 sentences must be included that articulates why the reference is selected for the Capstone Project - Final Submission. Make sure to include in your book list Rory Noland’s The Worshiping Artist. (Only one article taken from internet blogs or magazines is acceptable).

CAPSTONE PREPARTION PROJECT: Part 2

In preparation for the Capstone Project - Final Submission, you will create a formal outline of the writing narrative in current Turabian format. Make sure to include complete references and bibliography. Make sure to include in your book list Rory Noland’s The Worshiping Artist.

CAPSTONE PROJECT: PRACTICAL APPLICATION RESEARCH INITIATIVE

Using Rory Noland’s The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship to identify a topic, the student will write a research paper of no less than 20-25 pages that explores one of the equipping principles discussed in the text. This paper should make practical application of the role of the worship leader in the life of a worship artist, worship band, or worship team. The paper should utilize a minimum of 8 scholarly sources such as books and scholarly articles including Rory Noland’s The Worshiping Artist. Only one article taken from internet blogs or magazines is acceptable.