Building Relationships through Worship – WRSP 430

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

Course Description

This is a course that deals with the Bible principle of relationship. Attention is given to the worship leader developing relationship the pastor, worship team, choir and orchestra, and media team. Students will participate in an interview/research project with select worship pastors and musicians.




When developing a philosophical and practical approach to worship ministry, one of the most important concepts is an understanding of the importance of relationships in building a successful ministry. Relationships impact all aspects of life, education, and ministry, and in many ways determine our effectiveness as church leaders. This course will introduce the student to the biblical foundations for building strong relationships, as well as provide practical instruction directed at improving those relationships with his/her congregations and ministry teams.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the need for healthy relationships in worship ministry.
  2. Define the parameters of building healthy relationships with senior pastors.
  3. Articulate principles for dealing with conflict resolution in worship.
  4. Articulate the process for developing relationship with the worship team, choir, orchestra, and media team in an evangelical church.
  5. Define the role(s) worship leaders have with their pastor and church administrative team.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board forums (4)

The student will participate in four Discussion Board forums. The student will post his/her thread of at least 350 words. The student must then post a substantive reply to at least two (2) classmates’ threads with a minimum of 150 words.

Relational Leadership Interview Project

Proposal: Each student will choose a senior pastor with strong relational and leadership skills. The student will submit a 1-page essay explaining why this pastor was chosen. The student will schedule a time to interview this pastor during Module/Week 3.

Questions: Each student will use the Relational Leadership Interview Template (13 questions) found on Blackboard when conducting the interview. It is highly recommended that students record the interview in order to accurately reflect the interviewee’s responses when writing the paper.

Paper: The interview should be conducted in Module/Week 4. After the interview, the student will write a 3–5-page summary and synthesis paper, integrating the information from the interview with the course material.

Reading Report, Summary and Self-Evaluation

Reading Report: (100 pts.) The student will read Getting Along with Each Other by Richard Strauss and will submit a statement of completion as follows:

On my honor, I ________________ have read _____% of “Getting Along with Each Other.”

Self-Evaluation: (150 pts.) The student will write one page (single space) per chapter to include the following: a summary of the chapter’s content (1 paragraph), and; a self-evaluation based on the following question (1-2 paragraphs) – “In what way(s) is the content applicable to me and my relationships?” Address both personal and ministry relationships, as applicable.

Ministry Relationships Essay

Based on the course readings and lectures, the student will write a 3-page essay on how relationships specifically impact members of the worship ministry. The opening section will be a general overview of the importance of relationships with team members (i.e., worship band, choir, vocal teams, etc.) and how those relationships impact your ministries. The second section will outline and discuss specific strategies that can be used to strengthen those relationships.


The student will complete an open-book/open-notes exam covering the Maxwell text. The exam must be completed in 2.5 hours.

Capstone Paper

The student will submit a 12–15-page paper on the importance of relationships to the worship leader. This paper will cover the major topics of the course, including the following: developing one’s relationship with God, one’s family, one’s pastor, one’s church, one’s ministry team, and one’s community.