Principles of Worship and Ministry – WRSP 501

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

Course Description

This course provides an overview of worship studies. Emphasis is given to principles of worship, history and theology of worship through the Old and New Testament and leadership skills necessary for worship leaders.

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


At the heart of successful worship leadership is the preparation and presentation of worship. The course seeks to help the worship leader accomplish these tasks on a regular basis by raising awareness of the historical development of worship, foundational principles of worship, and biblical leadership expectations within the evangelical tradition.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge while also sharing experiences as related to class concepts and be at least 300 words in length. In addition, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates, with each reply being at least 200 words in length. (CLOs A, B, C, E)

Quiz: Turabian

Turabian formatting is the standard format for professional and academic writing in the fields of music, worship, and music education.  This formatting will be used throughout the class and in the student's doctoral thesis or dissertation.  Therefore, the student will review current Turabian formatting and complete a short a multiple choice, true/false, and short answer quiz. (CLO A)

Kingdom of God Timeline Assignment

Using the Robert's text, the student will develop a timeline to include the 8 kingdoms found in God's Big Picture. (CLOs A, B, E)

Quiz: God's Kingdom and Worship History

The student will complete an open-book/open-note quiz, which contains multiple choice and true/false questions in relation to the studies from modules 1-4. (CLOs A, E)

The student will write 2 papers on selected chapters of True Worshipers. Each paper will include a summary of the selected chapters, a personal response to the chapter principles, and be 5-6 pages in length. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E)

Order of Service Evaluation Assignment

The student will evaluate a live service or online service to include a detailed order of service, along with evaluation using the Noland and Kauflin texts.

The student will complete an open-book/open-note quiz which contains multiple choice and true/false questions in relation to the studies from Modules 1-8. (CLOs A, D, E)