Tools and Techniques for Contemporary Worship – WMUS 610

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/29/2022

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, and worship events.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 2 citations are required from the course material (Read & Watch items) in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words and include at least 1 citation from the course material (Read & Watch items) in current Turabian format.

4-MAT Method Book Review Assignment

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

Cherry, Constance. The Music Architect: Blueprints for Engaging Worshipers in Song. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. ISBN: 9780801099687.

Video Presentation/Narrated PowerPoint Assignment

You will select one of two options to complete this assignment, either a video presentation or a narrated PowerPoint presentation.  The hypothetical situation is the same for both options: Your local church is planning a special Heritage Celebration service to honor the heritage and legacy of the church. 

Capstone Project: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

In preparation for the Capstone Project: Final Submission Assignment, the student 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. The student will include Rory Noland’s The Worshiping Artist. (Only one article taken from internet blogs or magazines is acceptable).

Rehearsal Recording Assignment

The student will use a cell phone to document their band rehearsal at his/her local church including the Rehearsal Plan, the Rehearsal Invitation Process, and the Rehearsal. The student will also write a two-three paragraph summary of how the worship band engages with the congregation in corporate worship. 

Tech Team Interview Assignment

This assignment allows the worship leader to have a meaningful conversation with a representative of the local church’s technology team. The student will arrange for and video record an in-person or virtual interview with a representative of the local church tech team.  

Capstone Project: Outline and Annotated Bibliography Assignment

In preparation for the Capstone Project: Final Submission Assignment, the student will create a formal outline of the writing narrative in current Turabian format. The student will include complete references and an annotated bibliography.  The student will create an annotated bibliography of at least 8 references in current Turabian format.  Each reference will include a short rationale of no more than 2 sentences explaining why each source is being used in the Capstone Project. 

Capstone Project: Final Submission Assignment

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 15-20 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.