Growth, Development, and Spiritual Formation – WRSP 846

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

Course Description

An in-depth look at the person and individual growth, development, and spiritual formation. Extensive testing will form the foundation for this course and the results of the testing will be used to develop a growth profile for the individual student.




The spiritual formation and growth of those leading worship has a direct influence on the worship life and spiritual vitality of local congregations. In fact, the songs a church sings impact and shape the congregation’s corporate theology and passion for worship. This course is designed as an in‑depth exploration of the processes and goals of spiritual formation in the life of the worship pastor. Specific focus is given to developing an intimate relationship with God and a Christ‑like character. In addition, the student will examine strategies for facilitating spiritual renewal and consistent discipleship in others.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the theological basis for spiritual formation in the life of the worship pastor.
  2. Identify critical individual leadership skills, personality characteristics, and spiritual gifts based on results from the online assessment tool, PLACE.
  3. Develop a pragmatic and comprehensive growth strategy for ongoing spiritual formation.
  4. Discuss the correlation between the spiritual growth of the worship pastor and that of the congregation.
  5. Develop an eight‑week discipleship strategy for teaching spiritual formation to worship leaders in local church settings.

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 (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Since these discussion boards are reflective in nature, no citations are required.

PLACE Assessment Assignment

The student will complete the PLACE Assessment. The 1-page summary report from PLACE (PDF) will be submitted to the instructor along with a 5–6-page report in current Turabian format analyzing his or her results.

Books Reviews

The student will write a book review on each of the 4 texts in this course in current Turabian format. Each review must be at least 4 pages and include a summary of the major themes or topics of the text, a reflection, and ideas on application of the text to personal ministry contexts.

Research Paper

The student will create an annotated bibliography of 20–25 scholarly references and write a 10–15-page paper in current Turabian format from a list of selected spiritual disciplines found in Blackboard.

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

The student will research an area of spiritual discipline from a pre-approved list in Blackboard and create an annotated bibliogaphy in current Turabian format.

Research Paper: Final

Based on the student’s chosen spiritual discipline and research (exemplified by the Annotated Bibliography assignment), the student will write a 10–15-page paper in current Turabian format addressing the topic.

Pedagogy Project

The student will develop an 8-week course (8 modules) on the same topic addressed in the research paper. The course must be designed to be taught in a college setting and will be broken down into 4 phases.

Phase I

The student will develop 8 module overviews and module learning outcomes, laying these out in the “Module Overviews and Module Learning Outcomes” template provided.

Phase II

The student will develop a Course Syllabus for the 8-week course including the following information: Course Description, Rationale, Required Resource Purchases, Measurable Learning Outcomes, Assignments, and Grading Policies.

Phase III

The student will develop Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to be used in conjunction with 8 lectures (1 for each module).

Phase IV

The student will video himself/herself delivering 8 lectures (1 for each module) using Kaltura media embedded in Blackboard. A 1–2-page lesson plan/outline must accompany each video submission.

Video Lecture Embedded Quizzess (20)

As the student watches the lecture videos, there will be embedded quizzes found within 20 of these lectures. Using Kaltura software embedded in Blackboard, the instructor will be able to verify whether or not a video has been viewed completely and whether or not the student responded as prompted. The student must complete these assignments in order to receive full credit.