Community, Culture, and Relationship – WRSP 851

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/03/2022

Course Description

A survey of the process of the planning, preparation, administration, and leadership of corporate worship in the local church setting. Particular emphasis is given to the tools and resources available for worship planning today.

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


The modern evangelical church seeks to grow discipleship in its members in many ways, including through music. 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 interpersonal skills, ministry to the family, management, administration, conflict management, team development, team rehearsal and preparation, congregational leadership, AVL (audio, video, lighting), and modern technology utilized in worship ministry. Additionally, an understanding of the "call" to ministry must be understood. To do this effectively, worship leaders must display skills as a theologian, pastor, musician, and leader. 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. Clearly understand the call to ministry and the requirement for fulfillment of that calling.
  2. Evaluate and interpret the effectiveness of worship and music in worship settings and rehearsal preparation.
  3. Manage, administrate, and lead an effective worship ministry.
  4. Effectively communicate through effective interpersonal skills and manage conflict that may arise in ministry.
  5. Develop a basic understanding of AVL and knowledge of accessible technological tools for worship development and service streaming.

Course Assignment

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must participate in 6 Discussions. A Discussion consists of a thread of 350-400 words written in response to the provided prompt and two replies of 150-200 words written in response to other students' threads. 

The student will provide information regarding various aspects of worship ministry as a benchmark for assessment of gained knowledge over the course of this study.

The student will present a personal assessment of 8-10 pages, considering their current understanding of calling, leadership, administration, and management in worship ministry.

The student will complete a study of the various resources offered in this course to determine usable aspects of learning for conflict management and resolution. For this assignment, you will assess each chapter for content in association to conflict resolution. Your assessment will include 4 sections responding to each text, a final section of comparison, contrast, summary, evaluation, and an action plan for conflict resolution.

For six weeks, the student will consider five principles from each week’s daily journal reading of David Manner’s Better Sundays Begin on Monday and write a daily perspective from these daily texts. You will complete a total of six sections, one for each week.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student must compile a list of 15 scholarly sources in preparation for writing the 10-page research paper for the Capstone Learning Project. A short annotation of no more than 2 sentences must be included, articulating why the reference is selected for this Capstone Learning Project. The Instructions and Grading Rubric can be found in Course Content.

Research Paper Assignment

You will write a research paper covering the two broad areas of personal equipping and professional engagement with an understanding of the biblical, historical, and philosophical aspects of worship that develop utilizable skills of leadership and ministry. 

Curriculum Assignment

A pedagogical application for the research portion of the Capstone will be created for submission. The student will develop curriculum for lecture based teaching for the development of skills necessary for teaching leadership, or. This curriculum will give the student experience in organization, and management.purpose instructions and Grading Rubric can be found in Course Content.