The Role of the Worship Leader – WRSP 520

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

Course Description

A study of the many and varied roles and relationships of the worship leader. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between the worship leader and the pastor. Also considered are the relationships between the worship leader and other staff members, singers/instrumentalists, and the congregation.




At the heart of successful worship leadership is the preparation and presentation of worship. This course seeks to help the worship leader accomplish these tasks on a regular basis by raising awareness of skills in various roles and relationships important to the position.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the various roles of the worship leader.
  2. Explain the philosophical and biblical foundation for working well with people, developing team, problem solving, and caring for family.
  3. Evaluate the worship leader’s responsibility to musicianship.
  4. Evaluate case studies and practical solutions for worship leading.
  5. Describe the principles for worship leadership taught by Jesus and practiced by his disciples.
  6. Create a rationale and mission of the worship leader as a “professional.”

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 (8)

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 at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words. (Outcomes: A, D)

Pure Praise Journal Entries (7)

Each module/week (except for Module/Week 8), the student will read a segment of the Moore text and write journal entries answering all of the questions from that segment. (Outcomes: B, C, D, E)

Interview Project

Using the provided template, the student will interview 2 full-time worship pastors/ministers of music in order to help him or her define the role of a professional worship leader. Then the student will write a report of 8–10 pages (plus title page, table of contents, bibliography, and appendices) summarizing and comparing the 2 interviews. The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, D, E)

Summary/Analysis Report

Using the provided template, the student will write a 13-page Summary/Analysis Report on the Edwards text. For each chapter in the text, the student must write a summary, an analysis, and a 1-sentence statement of what they learned in the chapter. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Capstone Project: Bibliography

The student will submit a bibliography for the Capstone Project prior to the submission of the project to receive instructor feedback on his/her progress. The bibliography must include 13–15 references including the course textbooks and the Bible.

Capstone Project

The student will imagine that he/she has been given the responsibility of searching for a new worship leader at a large church. The student must prepare a 30–35 minute presentation and write an 18–20 page paper answering the following question: What is the role of the worship leader? The student must elaborate on several areas of responsibility in his/her answer and then make application to the local church ministry. The student must demonstrate a thoughtful presentation, thorough research, and personal application. The presentation and the report must adhere to current Turabian format. The project must include at least 20 references including the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, D, E)

Midterm Exam

The student will take a Midterm Exam covering Navarro: Chapters 1–6 and the lecture presentations from Modules/Weeks 1–4. The exam is open-book/open-notes with 45 multiple-choice and 55 true/false questions. The student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam. (Outcomes: A, B, D, E)