The Worship Leader – WRSP 820

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. 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.




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)

Discussion boards are a collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 450–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 4 citations in current Turabian format are required in each thread, and 2–5 biblical principles must be integrated. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 4 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 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.

4-MAT Book Review

The student will complete a book review that is in 4 sections. The total word count must be between 1300–1800 words depending on how much is written for each section. In addition, the review must also include a title page, footnotes, and bibliography in current Turabian format.

Annotated Bibliography

This is in preparation for the Capstone Project. The student will provide a list of 20 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 Project

The student will write a 30–40-page research paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the 2 broad areas of preparation for worship leaders dealt with during this course: personal equipping and professional engagement. The student will also complete a Pedagogical Application that will be included as an appendix to the paper and does not count toward the minimum page number requirement. At least 1 citation per page is required, including the course textbook and the Bible. A template is provided.