Pastoral Roles of the Worship Leader – WRSP 845

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/29/2022

Course Description

A philosophical study of the use and function of music in the worship practice of the local church. Particular emphasis is given to the goals, motivations, responsibilities, parameters, and aesthetics of music in the evangelical church community. 

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Developing a Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship is vital to those serving in leadership positions in ministry. An understanding of music and liturgy and the role that each play in the formation of corporate gatherings is tethered to a proper theology and determines the methodology of worship. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the abstract philosophical elements in music and Christian worship for pastors and worship leaders in the local church.
  2. Evaluate and articulate the strategies for designing and implementing worship in the contemporary Christian worship environment.
  3. Identify and discuss factors that impact the aesthetic of and ordering of music and other worship elements in periodic corporate worship and the resultant impact of the Gospel story on local congregations.
  4. Develop a comprehensive and pragmatic strategy designed to assist churches facing music and worship challenges.
  5. Assimilate the multiple music and Christian worship practices into a workable model to be implemented in the local church.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

A testimony offers detailed information about how a certain event can directly impact the life of others.  In this assignment the student will write a Testimony of Witness that could be used as a statement in the local church to address idolatrous practices that impede worship today and how to overcome those practices to experience worship in spirit and truth. As part of the testimony process, the student will examine the metaphorical language of the pending judgement of a non-repentant and disobedient Israel people and how this translates to modern society, and more importantly, the Church.  The student must utilize the current version of Turabian formatting, including a title page and bibliography with at least 5 external sources in addition to the Beale text.

Students will review the Turabian Sample Paper and provide responses to multiple choice and true/false questions to exhibit understanding of the requirements of Turabian formatting in written assignments.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 350 words, reference at least 1 Learn section Watch item, and include at least 2 citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and include at least 1 citation. Each thread and reply must also contain at least 1 biblical reference and follow current Turabian format.

The student will write two, 5-page research-based response papers in current Turabian format that focus on one of the topics presented in the course. Each Response Paper should include affirmation, critique and application for modern worship practices. The paper must include at least 5 references, not including the course textbooks and the Bible. Each paper must include a Title page and Bibliography.

Based on insights gained throughout the course, the student will craft a 12 to 15-page paper outlining an individual Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship for use in future ministry applications. The paper should include topics discussed in the course with specific application to musical style, musical pluralism/diversity, worship ordo and liturgy, creativity in worship, and excellence in practice and presentation.  The paper must include 20 references, including course textbooks, external texts, journal articles and the Bible. 

Capstone Project: Outline and Introduction Assignment 

The student will present an outline of required elements for the research project and write an introductory paragraph for the paper, including a carefully constructed thesis statement.

Capstone Project: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will prepare a Bibliography of at least 20 sources including course texts, external texts and journal articles. A brief annotation of 50 words is required to establish relevancy and the Bibliography must be submitted in current Turabian format.

Capstone Project: Philosophy Paper Assignment

The student will present a 12 to 15-page research paper which presents the student’s personal Philosophy of Music and Christian Worship.

The students will examine two songs currently being used in weekly worship in their home church for inclusion or lack of lyrics that reflect eschatological hope. Students will analyze the meaning of the lyrics and identify key phrases of the future hope of resurrection with support from Scripture, or explain how the lyrics fall short of that objective.