The Dynamics of Corporate Worship – WRSP 501

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

Course Description

This course involves a study of the dynamic influences of personal, biblical, historical, professional, and practical worship to the corporate ministry of the local church. Application is made to the presentation and influence of singing, praying, preaching, evangelism, and the great modern revival movements on corporate worship in the church today. Graduate students complete a personal assessment that relates honest, genuine, unhindered, and biblical worship to their own responsibility to music, prayer, evangelism, preaching, and corporate ministry.




Corporate worship is the time when Christians should experience the most unity as they join together to lift up the name of Jesus. Instead, for many churches, issues of worship style and tradition often create controversy and division. What is needed is an examination of worship from biblical and pragmatic points of view. Pastors and worship leaders alike need help in understanding the principles behind worship so they can lead their people into a dynamic and corporate expression of love for God.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the process, plan, and preparation of corporate worship in the evangelical tradition(s).
  2. Articulate a biblical basis and rationale for corporate worship in the evangelical community.
  3. Identify hindrances to successful worship, practical and innovative techniques in leading worship.
  4. Identify realistic tools for working with pastors, worship leaders, and lay-worshipers.
  5. Articulate the principles for worship leadership taught by Jesus and practiced by His disciples.
  6. Define biblical and professional rationale for continued education in worship studies.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Things to Remember (4)

The student will answer specific questions about subjects contained within the reading assignments and video presentations. A paper of at least 500 words will be submitted in current Turabian Format for each assignment.

Summary Analysis Report

The student it to complete a book report of The Dynamics of Corporate Worship by Dr. Vernon M. Whaley. This book report must be presented in a chapter-by-chapter summary analysis format. The report must be a minimum of 15 pages and follow the provided template. 

Hymn Story Worship Service

The student will conduct a research project that involves investigating how the text and tunes to strategic hymns were written. He/she will then collaborate with the leadership in his/her own worship team in shaping and crafting a 12–15-minute service of contemporary worship. The idea is to demonstrate how the hymnody of the past shapes our 21st century worship services.

Research Project

The student will interview 2 full-time worship pastors/ministers of music and write an observation paper of 3–5 pages per interview. The paper must be written in narrative style and include at least 6 bibliographic entries (which can include the 2 interview forms, bulletins, website materials, and any other information about the church). The paper must conform to current Turabian format.

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the Reading & Study material for all modules/weeks. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.