Building a Balanced Worship Ministry – WRSP 551

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

Course Description

This is a course that looks at the various roles the worship leader holds within the mandates of the overall church mission. Consideration is given to the worship leader's relationship to the local church education and discipleship programs, missions and evangelism outreach ministries, preaching and teaching ministries, women's and men's ministries, children, youth and young adult ministries, and creative arts ministries.




The evangelical church today is experiencing many changes. The worship leader must understand that leading worship requires many techniques for balancing the needs of age groups within the church, of preferences for various musical styles within the congregation, and of sharing worship resources with the education and mission programs of the church. To that end, the readings and video lectures in this course present leaders in ministry, corporate management, organization analysis, and other fields. Attention is given to balance in body, soul, and spirit of the worship leader, as it is necessary for maintaining balance in the worship ministry (I Thessalonians 5:23).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the biblical responsibility for pastors and worship leaders to function as a ministry team.
  2. Evaluate and articulate the effectiveness of team organization and what it means for participants in a worship ministry, and for the entire church.
  3. Evaluate the worship ministry of a congregation for its music, its inclusion of all members of the congregation in worship, and its cohesive understanding of music, evangelism, and missions.
  4. Articulate how the pastor and worship leader’s ability to develop relationships, cast visions, and build organizations together determines the overall outcome of ministry goals.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video (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 Assignments.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–600 words, contain at least 2 citations, and at least 1 biblical quotation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250–300 words, contain at least 1 citation, and at least 1 biblical quotation. Current Turabian format must be used.

Summary-Analysis Book Reports (4)

For each Summary-Analysis Book Report, the student will write 1,500–1,800 words (at least 2,000 for the Terry report) in current Turabian format that reviews and assesses the required textbook reading. Each report must be presented as a chapter-by-chapter summary-analysis, using the Summary-Analysis Book Report Template posted in Course Content> Course Guides and Assignment Instructions> Assignment Instructions> Summary-Analysis Book Reports. The summary-analysis of each chapter must assess that chapter’s individual strengths and weaknesses. The final sentence of each chapter’s summary-analysis must express the student’s personal opinion of that chapter. The Summary-Analysis Book Report Template shows how to do this for each book individually.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will find 15 books and scholarly journal articles related to one of the topics listed in the Annotated Bibliography Instructions. The student will write an annotation for each article comprising a description of the article and an indication of how or where it is projected to be used in the Capstone Project research paper. Current Turabian format (see p. 151) must be used. The topic that the student chooses for the Annotated Bibliography will be the topic of the Capstone Project.

Capstone Project

Using the topic selected for the Annotated Bibliography, the student will complete a Capstone Project in 3 parts: 1) a 2,000–2,500-word research paper, 2) a video presentation of 4–5 minutes duration, and 3) a 250-word abstract (or summary). See the Capstone Project Instructions for more details.