Global Worship – WRSP 545

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/29/2022

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, DVD resources, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (8)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 200–300 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to one other classmate’s thread. The reply must be 100–150 words in length.

Research Paper Assignments (2)

The student will write two 8 to 10-page research-based papers in current Turabian format; the first paper will focus on ethnodoxology and contextualization of worship, while the second will profile a specific non-Western worship culture. Each paper must include at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Position Paper Assignment

Outline and Bibliography Assignment

The student will prepare an Outline and Bibliography for the Position Paper. The bibliography must consist of at least eight scholarly sources. The bibliography must be formatted in current Turabian format. The outline must address specific theological topics described in the assignment instructions.

Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a 15-page doctrinal and philosophical Position Paper addressing the intersection of Christian worship, culture, and theology. The paper must employ current Turabian formatting; the position must demonstrate a biblically-based doctrine of worship principles applicable to all cultures, thereby demonstrating the ability to distinguish between theological and cultural issues in worship. The position must be substantiated using scholarly sources, the Bible, assigned course readings, and presentations from the course.


The quiz will cover the Learn material for Module 3-7 content. It will be essay-based (three essays in total), with an open-book/open-notes policy, having a time limit of 2 hours (120 minutes).