Building a Balanced Worship Ministry – WRSP 551

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

Course Description

This course looks at the various roles the worship leader holds within the overall church mission. Consideration is given to the music worship leader's working relationship with pastoral leaders, and with discipleship programs, missions and evangelism outreach ministries, preaching and teaching ministries, worship and music ministries involving all ages, and creative arts ministries.




The church today is experiencing many changes. The worship leader must understand that leading worship requires many techniques for balancing the needs of age groups within the church, of preferences for various musical styles within the congregation, and of sharing worship resources with the education and mission programs of the church through collaboration and teamwork. To that end, the readings and video lectures in this course draw on the wisdom and expertise of leaders in ministry, corporate management, global worship, and other fields. Attention is given to balance in body, soul, and spirit of the worship leader, as it is necessary for maintaining balance in the worship ministry (I Thessalonians 5:23).



Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Articulate the biblical responsibility for pastors and worship leaders to function as a ministry team.
    2. Recognize and develop solutions for problems of imbalance in a church or congregation, including inwardly-focused groups in the church and the neglect of various groups, such as children.
    3. Evaluate the worship ministry of a congregation for its music, its inclusion of all members of the congregation in worship, and its cohesive understanding of music, evangelism, and missions.
    4. Articulate how the pastor and the worship leader develop relationships, cast visions, and build organizations together for the overall effectiveness of ministry goals.


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video (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 Assignments.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards 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 be 500–600 words. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250–300 words. Current Turabian format must be used.

Summary-Analysis Book Reports (4)

For each Summary-Analysis Book Report, the student will write 1,500–1,800 words (at least 2,000 for the Terry report) in current Turabian format that reviews and assesses the required textbook reading. Each report must be presented as a chapter-by-chapter summary-analysis, using the Summary-Analysis Book Report Template posted in Course Content> Course Guides and Assignment Instructions> Assignment Instructions> Summary-Analysis Book Reports. The Summary-Analysis Book Report Template shows how to do this for each book individually.

Statement of Goals

Each student will write an individual statement of goals for the course in Module 1. This essay will help the student focus on what each module's topic has to offer for professional growth, and help the instructor understand each student's learning goals and ministry aspirations.

Plan for Strategic Action

The student will develop a plan for creating a more balanced, well-rounded, and effective worship and music ministry in a church or congregation with which the student is familiar. This plan of 750-1,000 words (Module 6) is then developed into the Capstone Project (Module 8)..

Capstone Project

Working from the Plan for Strategic Action (Module 6), the student will write a Capstone Project of about 2,000–2,500 words. This is the culminating assignment for WRSP 551, and prepares the student for worship and music leadership in a church or congregation.  See the Capstone Project Instructions for more details.