Worship and Culture – ETHM 530

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

A study of worship as observed in biblical examples. Scriptural principles regarding worship are applied to the life of the individual and to individual responsibility in the corporate worship experience. Emphasis is on building a theological orientation for interculturality by understanding the nature of worship as the foundation for building interdependent relationships in the kingdom of God.

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


This course is designed to establish biblical principles for worship that are eternal and universal, while recognizing the great diversity within the various world cultures that are demographic in nature. The purpose is to provide for critical contextualization in the use of indigenous music for worship, discipleship, and evangelism.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. The word requirements are listed with each separate discussion. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E).

Pre-Test Assignment

The student will take the Pre-Test provided in the presentation in Module 1. After taking the Pre-Test, the student will read Appendix A and write a paper comparing and analyzing his/her responses with those observations included in the appendix. The response to the Pre-Test must be 450–500 words. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E).

Reflection Paper Assignments (2)

Each student will complete 2 reflection papers based on the instructions provided within the course. Each reflection paper must be 450–500 words and comply with current Turabian format. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E).

Final Project Assignment

Each student will write a doctrinal position paper on the topic of worship that follows the guidelines provided within the course. The paper must be 1,500–2,000 words. This paper must be substantiated using only the Bible, assigned course readings, and presentations from this course. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E).