The Worship Leader – WRSP 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/30/2021

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. In addition to required reading, significant research within the evangelical community, and application to various worship ministries, students are required to complete 10 projects that integrate learned principles and practical application.


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 by a worship leader. Worship leaders, pastors, and professional clergy need to understand the dynamic roles of service in the local church. Responsibilities of the worship leader involve teaching, training, evangelizing, edifying, encouraging, and promoting the local church. To do this, the worship leader needs to display skills as a theologian, pastor, musician, staff member, leader, counselor, etc. The tasks require that worship leaders “understand people” and demonstrate a mastery of people-skills. Furthermore, it requires a genuine love and devotion to God, personal discipline, biblical discipleship, commitment to private worship and the Christian graces, development of good musicianship, and the knowledge of principles for administration. This course seeks to address these issues and provide opportunity for the students to make application of learned principles to local ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare the Biblical Role of the Worship Leader with the changing constructs for 21st Century Worship.
  2. Evaluate the historical role(s) for worship leaders in evangelical church history.
  3. Analyze the philosophical dynamic for the worship leader in local Evangelical ministry.
  4. Construct leadership roles for the worship leader in a variety of worship contexts.
  5. Inventory personal, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual qualities [strengths and weaknesses] of the worship leader.
  6. Formulate a ministry paradigm for the worship leader.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and 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.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250-300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 2 citations in current Turabian format are required in each thread. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150-200 words and include at least 1 citation in current Turabian format.

Practical Learning Activities (6)

Unless otherwise noted, the student will complete activities based on the Reading & Study materials. These assignments are 2–3 pages. The student must include at least 1 citation per page.

Summary-Analysis Report

The student will complete a Summary-Analysis Report on a course text. The student must provide a 2–3 paragraph summary and a 1–2 paragraph analysis of each chapter. There will also be a 1-sentence “What I have learned” conclusion statement for each chapter. The assignment must have 1 page per chapter with a 15-page minimum. A template is provided.

Annotated Bibliography

This is in preparation for the Capstone Project. The student will provide a list of 10-15 or more resources sufficient for use with a well-crafted bibliography in current Turabian format.

Observation and Personal Ministry Evaluation

This is a self-study that incorporates an evaluation of the various roles the worship leader has in his/her place of ministry, an overview of his/her leadership style, and a plan of action for articulating a personal life mission, constitution, and covenant with the Lord. This paper is 10–12 pages, in current Turabian format, and includes documentation from a minimum of 5 resources. A template is provided.

Capstone Research Project

The student will write a research paper covering the 2 areas of personal equipping and professional engagement from a biblical, historical, and philosophical aspect of worship that develops utilizable skills of leadership and ministry. This project should be 12-14 pages in length, include 10-15 scholarly sources, and utilize current Turabian formatting. Additional, this research would also give perspective to the five overarching areas of study from this course.

Capstone Curriculum Project

Based on the completion of the research project, the student will develop a curriculum project that can be used to teach leadership and ministry for the worship leader utilizing the biblical, historical, and philosophical aspects of worship leadership that will develop leadership and ministry perspectives for the sake of personal equipping and professional engagement. This aspect of the capstone project is to be utilizes for development of a study that could be used in a classroom, bible study, break-out sessions at a conference, or in mentoring for ministry.