Worship Studies (WRSP)

Worship Studies (WRSP)

WRSP 801  Theological and Historical Developments Influencing Corporate Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A study of the dynamic theological, historical and cultural influences on corporate worship in the evangelical community. Application is made to the influence of worship paradigms and practices of the great revival movements on 21st Century corporate worship. Major emphasis is placed on student-based research and inquiry.

Offered: Online

WRSP 810  Foundations of Christian Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

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.

Offered: Online

WRSP 811  Principles of Ethno-doxology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An examination of how different cultures practice worship. Students investigate how worship both influences and is influenced by life as lived within a cultural community or specific ethnic group. Application is made to the role of various art forms (i.e. music, dance, drama, video, visuals, storytelling) have in the proclamation of the gospel and celebration of the Eucharist event.

Offered: Online

WRSP 812  Theological and Cultural Contextualization in Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course explores the practical integration of theological foundation with modern culture as it relates to 21st century evangelical worship. Specifically, core beliefs that define evangelicals are identified and examined, and are then applied to worship within a variety of national and international ministry contexts.

Offered: Online

WRSP 820  The Worship Leader  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A study of the many and varied roles and relationships of the worship leader. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between the worship leader and the pastor. Also considered are the relationships between the worship leader and other staff members, singers, instrumentalists, and the congregation. In addition to required reading, significant research within the evangelical community, and application to various worship ministries, students are required to complete 10 projects that integrate learned principles and practical application.

Offered: Online

WRSP 835  Theology, Philosophy and Methodology of Worship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course is a comprehensive study of the purpose and practice of a theology of worship in the Evangelical church community. The study is divided into three parts: 1) cognitive theology that includes the understanding and discovery of a biblical theology of worship and music; 2) personal and professional philosophy derived from the application of theology to worship; and 3) methodology for worship ministry which includes developing a strategy for teaching theology as a worship leader. The class is guided by a series of projects whereby students build a personal theology for private and public worship and then develops a pedagogical paradigm for inclusion of the course material and constructs in a worship curriculum. This course is offered online only.

Offered: Online

WRSP 840  Transitions in Leadership, Music, Worship, and Culture  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A study of the current trends and issues related to leadership, music, worship, and culture. Consideration is given to music education standards, technology, and classroom strategies as well as worship models, multi-cultural issues, worship transitions, and worship trends. The course includes research into emerging practices within school districts and universities as well as emerging practices in worship.

Offered: Online

WRSP 845  Pastoral Roles of the Worship Leader  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course provides clarification of the various and many pastoral roles of the worship leader in the Evangelical community. Responsibilities worship pastors have to the gospel call and ministry are defined and articulated. Practical application is made through class and small group case studies, interviews, on-location observations, and personal evaluation. Students are required to develop a pedagogical paradigm for inclusion of course materials and constructs in a worship curriculum. This course is offered online only.

Offered: Online

WRSP 846  Growth, Development, and Spiritual Formation  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An in-depth look at the person and individual growth, development, and spiritual formation. Extensive testing will form the foundation for this course and the results of the testing will be used to develop a growth profile for the individual student.

Offered: Online

WRSP 851  Community, Culture, and Relationship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This is a course that looks at the various responsibilities music educators and worship leaders have in building a community of well-balanced, well-conceived partnerships. Consideration is given to the worship leader's responsibility to build relationships with various ministries in the church, with those in the community and with other worship pastors. Consideration is also given to the music educator's responsibility to build community within the school, within the culture, and with other music educators.

Offered: Online

WRSP 880  Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project  3 Credit Hour(s)  

WRSP 880 - Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project (3 hours)

Offered: Online

WRSP 889  Thesis Project Proposal & Research  3 Credit Hour(s)  

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Offered: Online

WRSP 890  Thesis Project Defense  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: WRSP 889

Offered: Online

WRSP 895  Directed Research in Worship  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

Designed for the advanced student in good standing who has demonstrated an ability to work independently. This course should/can only be used if a student lacks a seminar for graduation and the needed seminar is not offered in their last semester. If approved, the student will work with the instructor in developing a proposal for guided research in a specific area.

Offered: Online

WRSP 897  Seminar in Worship Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An intensive study in a specific subject of worship studies. This course allows variation in the approach and content of the regular curriculum and often will be used by visiting professors.

Offered: Online

WRSP 899  Worship Self-Study and Apprenticeship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

WRSP 899 - Worship Self-Study and Apprenticeship (3 hours)

Offered: Online

WRSP 997  Advanced Seminar in Worship Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course focuses on a study of worship practices in the evangelical community. Student and faculty work together to develop and tailor assignment to each student's individual preference, professional goals, needs, and objectives. A 30-50 page major paper demonstrating research ability must be completed. This major project must be practical in application to the student's ministry.

Offered: Online

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