Introduction to Worship Studies – WRSP 101

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

Course Description

Designed to provide an understanding of worship in the local church and para-church ministries, this course is an overview of the need for theologically sound, biblically-based worship in the evangelical church. Emphasis is given to the reason the church worships, the impact of Old and New Testament worship, the relationship between music and worship, the principles for biblical worship, the task of discipling worshipers, principles of evangelism through worship, and the use of worship in promoting the mission and purpose of the local church.

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


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.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Quiz: Turabian Investigation (CLO: A, B; CIL: 1, 2, 4)

The student will take a 20 question, multiple-choice and true/false, quiz pertaining to material found in the Turabian Formatting Guide. The investigation will cover issues of formatting and citation requirements, as it pertain to Turabian Style Writing.

Discussions (3) (CLO: C, D; CIL: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each thread. 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 2 classmates.

Summary-Analysis-Reflection Assignments (3) (CLO: B, D; CIL: 1, 2, 3, 5)

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.

The purpose of the Worship Devotional Project is to practice communicating important principles of worship. Over the course, the student will develop two devotionals related to the core content in the class. The phases of the project are as follows:

  • Worship Devotional Plan – For this assignment, the student will complete a worksheet to prepare for writing the devotionals.
  • Devotionals 1 & 2 – For these assignments, the student will develop a devotional, utilizing the information from the Worship Devotional Planning Assignment worksheet and worship principles from selected modules.

Hymn Project Assignments (2) (CLO: A, C, D; CIL: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

In this project, the student must research the biographical history of 2 hymns chosen from the list provided. There are 2 parts to this project:

  • Research Plan – the student will complete a worksheet detailing which 2 hymns were chosen, who the authors/composers were, and an annotated bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources. The annotations for each of the sources will be 2-3 sentences.
  • Research Paper – The research paper will consist of any story related to the writing of the hymns; brief biographical overview of the author of the lyrics; brief biographical overview of the composer of the music; and any other interesting facts related to the use of the song in the corporate or personal worship setting.

    The report must include a minimum of 5 references and 5 footnotes. The paper must include a title page, contents page, body of the paper, and bibliography. The research paper will be presented in a representative fashion of a major research paper. All rules of formatting and citations, for every part of the research paper, will adhere strictly to Turabian Style Writing.

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