Details for Introduction to Worship Ministry

This course unit provides an introduction to Biblical and theological foundations of worship alongside an examination of contemporary Christian expressions of worship.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: WOR001
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton

Awards offering Introduction to Worship Ministry

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Summarise the biblical and theological foundations of worship;
  2. Describe Christian expressions of worship in contemporary churches;
  3. Examine the role of music and the arts in worship;
  4. Discuss the roles and responsibilities within a worship ministry;
  5. Identify issues in developing a worship ministry.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to worship ministry
  2. Biblical and theological foundations of worship - Old Testament (Part 1)
  3. Biblical and theological foundations of worship - Old Testament (Part 2)
  4. Biblical and theological foundations of worship - New Testament
  5. The role of music and Arts in worship
  6. Contemporary Christian expressions of worship
  7. Exploring the Christian worship service and events
  8. The song
  9. Roles and responsibilities in worship ministry (e.g. worship pastor, music director, service producer, band member) (Part 1)
  10. Roles and responsibilities in worship ministry (e.g. worship pastor, music director, service producer, band member) (Part 1)
  11. Developing and facilitating worship ministry (Part 1)
  12. Developing and facilitating worship ministry (Part 2)
  13. Revision/Assessment preparation

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Case Study (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Forum Postings (20%)

Representative References

Basden, P. (Ed.), Exploring the worship spectrum: 6 views, Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2004

Best, H.M., Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts. InterVarsity Press, 2003

Cherry, C.M., The worship architect: A blueprint for designing culturally relevant and biblically faithful services. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010

Dawn, M.J., Taylor, D., How Shall We Worship? Biblical Guidelines for the Worship Wars. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2003

Dawn, M., Reaching out without dumbing down: a theology of worship for the turn of the century culture, Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1995

Evans, M., Open Up The Doors: Music in the Modern Church, London: Equinox, 2006

Frame, J. M., Contemporary Worship Music: a Biblical defense, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 1997

Noland, R., The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009

Pinson, J. M. (Ed.), Perspectives on Christian worship: 5 views. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2009

Segler, F.M., Bradley, R., Christian Worship: Its Theology And Practice. B&H Publishing Group, 2006

Underhill, E., Worship. Lutterworth Press, 2009

Viola, F., & Barna, G., Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2008

Webber, R.E., Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2008

Webber, R.E., Worship Old and New. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009

Zschech, D., Extravagant Worship. Castle Hills, NSW: Check Music Ministries 2001