Congregational Ministry – WRSP 421

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

Course Description

This is a study of congregational worship practices in the evangelical traditions. Special attention is given to song selection, programming, conducting concepts, vocal and band rehearsal techniques and the integration of multimedia, drama, and creative movement into the worship ministry. (Crosslisted with MUSC 423)

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The need for qualified, trained, and equipped worship leaders for the evangelical church has never been greater. Today’s worship leaders are responsible for designing and developing ministries that will meet the diverse needs of their congregations. These responsibilities require understanding of the overall ministry within the evangelical community. Personnel secured to work in this diverse environment need to demonstrate an understanding of church administration, church leadership, and the role of teaching biblically-based worship in the lives of believers today. This course is essentially a culmination and synthesis of all online worship courses. This course is the bridge between vocational preparation and the actual role of the professional worship leader, emphasizing teaching worship, training worshippers, encouraging and edifying worshippers, evangelizing through worship, and promoting community within and through the worship ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate a philosophy of corporate worship and an understanding of the biblical foundations in worship for a local congregation.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the worship planning and preparation process for congregational worship by creating, developing, and leading a worship order for three types of worship services and events within the evangelical context.
  3. Analyze various congregational worship languages and develop strategies for encouraging worship growth and maturity.
  4. Demonstrate, through worship and strategic ministry planning, an understanding of using worship as a method for evangelism, church growth, and world missions.
  5. Articulate an understanding of the vital role of “the call” to a specific congregation and the need for developing relational community in the lives of people in the congregation.

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 will write a website article to a congregation using the provided scenario. Once complete, the student will post the thread to the Discussion Board Forum. The student will also be required to submit replies to at least 2 classmates’ posts. Each thread must be at least 250 words, and the replies must be at least 150 words each.

Reflection Activities (8)

The student will reflect on readings from Stephen Miller’s book, Worship Leaders: We Are Not Rock Stars, and answer 3 reflection questions. Each reflection must be 200–250 words and must include at least 2 citations from the textbook in current Turabian format.

Worship Journals (8)

As part of this project, the student will submit a 200–250-word summary Worship Journal answering the provided questions in Blackboard.

Summary-Analysis Reaction Report

The student will write a reaction report presented in a chapter-by-chapter summary-analysis of McManus’ Chasing Daylight using the template provided in Blackboard. The length requirement is 1 page-per-chapter with specific attention given to the student articulating his/her own calling into the worship ministry.

Congregational Worship Language

Part 1

The student will complete a research project involving an interview with 1 staff member involved in the developing/leading of worship in his/her church from each of the following congregations: a church plant, an older, more established church, and a mega-church. With the lectures on congregational worship in mind, the student will research the congregation’s worship language. While in-person interviews are preferred, webcam (Skype, WebEx, etc.) interviews are permissible. The student will use the Worship Ministry Interview Form available in Blackboard to facilitate this project. Based on findings from the interviews, the student will write a 1–2-page narrative documenting his/her discoveries as well as a 1–2-page comparative analysis of the 3 interviews. This project must be in current Turabian format.

Part 2

After completing Part 1, the student will write a 5–8-page narrative documenting his/her experience. This paper must be written in current Turabian format and include a Table of Contents, footnotes, and a bibliography. The completed Worship Ministry Interview Form must be included as an appendix and does not count in the page length requirement.

Capstone Project

Outline

The student will select and evaluate 1 of 5 case studies that relate to a church or worship ministry issue. Using the selected case study as source material, the student will complete the Capstone Project Outline provided in Blackboard.

Final

Using the completed outline, case study, and narrative template for writing a document, the student will write a 15–18-page narrative that contextualizes the cultural, demographic, and spiritual needs unique to the selected case study. The purpose of this narrative is to demonstrate the student’s understanding of how worship programming strategy is developed and implemented. The paper must be documented with footnotes and a complete bibliography. Current Turabian format must be used. There must be at least 15 resources included in the bibliography. Course materials, course lectures, worship presentations, textbooks, sermons, and online worship websites count as source materials.