Foundations of Christian Worship – WRSP 810

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

Course Description

A study of the Biblical, Theological, and Historical foundations for Christian Worship. The Biblical foundations of worship are identified and explored, with attention given to practical integration into the worship practice of 21st Century evangelical culture.




Today’s worship leaders are responsible for developing a theological base and biblical understanding of worship for those they lead. These responsibilities require understanding of the role of Old Testament worship and New Testament worship in the lives of believers today. Worship leaders need to know the structure and implications of Hebrew worship as applied to 21st century evangelical ministry. Further, an understanding of the worship of Jesus will provide a model for leadership in the church today.

This course is designed to meet these needs by telling a story. This is the story of worship from Genesis through Revelation. Just as the narrative of redemption is interwoven through the pages of the Bible, God’s plan to worship him is articulated, explained, illustrated, documented, and applied throughout the pages of his Word. Beginning with Genesis and the truth that God is the ultimate creator, and concluding with worship of The Lamb in Revelation, principles of worship are drawn from the lives of biblical heroes, ordinary people, events, Old and New Testament practices, biblical poetry, the wisdom books, the life of Christ, the epistles, and Old and New Testament prophecy.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate God’s plan for biblical worship from Genesis to Revelation.
  2. Explain why the worship of the Old Testament and New Testament applies to today’s worship models.
  3. Articulate God’s plan of redemption as seen in the story of worship.
  4. Articulate the principles for worship leadership taught by Jesus and practiced by his disciples.
  5. Apply principles of worship to actual case studies.
  6. Guide others in the process of building a biblical foundation for worship.

Course Assignment

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 (4)

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 450–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. At least 4 citations in current Turabian format are required for each thread, and 2–5 biblical principles must be integrated. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 4 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 citation in current Turabian format.

Names of God Research Presentation

The student will create a presentation based on research of 8–10 biblical names most commonly used in the worship of Jehovah. Part 1 of the project will be a written narrative for each name. Each narrative must be at least 500 words and fully documented in current Turabian format. Part 2 of the project will be an oral presentation delivered via a supporting Microsoft PowerPoint slide for each name researched.

Practical Learning Activity

This project will be completed in 5 parts. Each part is a response to the student’s study of The Psalms.

Book Reviews (4)

The student will complete a review of 4 texts during the course. Each review will be completed using the 4-MAT review method. Each review must be at least 1,300 words. The student will be required to use at least 2 footnotes in current Turabian format from each book reviewed.

Capstone Project

Annotated Bibliography

In preparation for the Capstone Project - Final Submission, the student will create a list of at least 20 references in current Turabian format. At least 5 references must be from peer-reviewed and scholarly journals and/or books written within the last 5 years. At least 10 references must be from the provided bibliography, textbook, and Bible. For each reference, a short rationale of no more than 2 sentences must be included that articulates why the reference is selected for the Capstone Project - Final Submission.

Final Submission

The student will write a 30–40-page research paper with 30–40 references in current Turabian format, tracing God’s plan for worship from Genesis through Revelation. The student will also complete a pedagogical application that will be included as an appendix to the paper and does not count toward the minimum page number requirement.

Ministry Evaluation Project

This is a study that will incorporate a self-evaluation of the various roles the worship leader has in his or her place of ministry, an overview of his or her leadership style, and a plan of action for articulating a personal life mission, constitution, and covenant with the Lord. This paper must be 10–12 pages, be in current Turabian format, and include documentation from 10–12 references.