Introduction to Creative Worship – WRSP 102

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

Course Description

This course is an introductory study of worship as related to the five senses. Application is made to lighting design, audio and video production, presentation software, banners, choreography and movement, staging, and a variety of multi-media possibilities. Students will prepare a class project that represents understanding and application of creative worship. (Crosslisted with MUSC 201)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Human beings are wired to be creative for God’s glory and honor. At perhaps no other time in history has there been such a compelling cry for creativity in the local church. Students preparing for leadership roles in the local church in the 21st century must be versed in a variety of the creative tools, techniques, and the technological infrastructure available to the worship leader.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify current and future applications of multi-dimensional, multi-textured, multi-sensory, and multi-media content in corporate worship.
  2. Demonstrate through written form worship leadership understanding and implications of biblically-guided and biblically-based worship.
  3. Evaluate the creative use of the following elements in worship: worship planning and communication, vocal and instrumental rehearsal practice, personal stage presence, Scripture, story and testimony presentation, staging, microphone technique, and elements of multimedia.
  4. Analyze current creative art forms used in various worship venues from a biblical worldview.

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 (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 be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must also include at least 1 citation in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLO: A, B)

Planning Center Assignment

The student will demonstrate proficiency in Planning Center Online by recreating a given template. (MLO: A)

Worship Service Outlines (2)

The student will employ Planning Center Online to craft 2 worship services containing at least 5 songs that incorporate the content discussed in the assigned module/week. (MLO: A, B)

Worship Leading Project

The student will record a video of his/her worship leadership. The video must include 1 song during which the student must be visible for the majority of the time. The student’s worship leadership must exhibit understanding and application of biblical-based worship as well as stage presence. (MLO: B)

Scribbling in the Sand Reading Report

The student will read Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity by Michael Card. The student will then complete a required worksheet to demonstrate the accomplishment of this task. (MLO: A)

Final Paper

Using course materials, the student will evaluate a worship service within a local church. The primary focus of the paper must be personal stage presence and the use of Scripture, staging and mood, technology, and creative elements. The paper must include a 2–3-page summary followed by 4–5 pages of analysis that highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the various elements of the service. The paper must be in current Turabian format and include at least 2 references. (MLO: C, D)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover readings from Sound, Lighting, and Video by Brad Herring. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and fill in the blank questions; and have a time limit of 45 minutes.