Introduction to Worship Studies – WRSP 101

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

Course Description

Designed to provide an understanding of music and worship in the local church and para-church ministries, this course provides an overview of a professional worship leader’s responsibility to the evangelical church. Emphasis is given to the reasons for studying worship, the impact of old and new testament worship; the relationship between music and worship; the principles for Biblical worship; the tasks of teaching and training worshipers; congregational worship leading; principles of evangelism through worship; and, the use of worship in promoting the mission and purpose of the local church. (Crosslisted with MUSC 200)



The need for qualified, trained, and equipped worship leaders for the Body of Christ has never been greater. Today’s worship leaders are responsible for developing and administrating comprehensive music and worship programs. These responsibilities require experience in a variety of areas related to ministry including roles as: teachers, singers, producers, pastors, evangelists, internet technicians, audio and video specialists, worshipers, artists, counselors, and skilled musicians.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate biblical and historical principles of worship.
  2. Express and explain the need for a personal and practical commitment to the practice of worship.
  3. Articulate the worship leader’s role as a leader, developer of creative worship, and minister to/with the congregation.
  4. Apply principles of leadership to worship experiences.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

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 while also sharing experiences as related to class concepts.  In addition, the student is required to reply to at least two classmates.

Summary Analysis Reflections (3)

The student will write a paper on selected chapters of Whatever Happened to Worship: A Call to True Worship by A.W. Tozer.  The paper should consist of three sections: Summary, Analysis, and Reflection.  The paper should conform to Turabian formatting, use proper citations, and be a minimum of 3 pages in length.

The purpose of the Worship Devotional Project is to practice communicating important principles of worship.  Over the course, the student will develop three devotionals related to the core content in our course.  The three individual devotionals will be compiled into a short Bible study.

Worship Devotional Planning Assignment

For this assignment, the student will a write a 500 word plan for developing three devotionals.  This plan should include a determination of the chosen audience, why the audience needs to hear the message and present a devotional layout that will be utilized for all three devotionals.

Devotional 1 & Devotional 2

In these modules, the student will develop a devotional, utilizing the information from the Worship Devotional Planning assignment and worship principles from selected modules.

Devotional 3 & Final Compilation Submission

In this module, the student will develop a third devotional, utilizing the information from the Worship Devotional Planning assignment and worship principles from selected modules.  Additionally, the student will submit the third devotional, along with the two previous devotionals, as a compilation Bible study. 

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 45-minute time limit.