Courses Unique to the Worship Arts Program

Introduction to Worship Arts

This course is designed to give the student a foundational understanding of a biblical theology of worship.  Additionally, it will give an overview of the art of worship from early Christian times through the current post-modern trends.  Practical implications for worship situations in today’s church will be drawn from both the biblical and historical context.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Introduction to Electronic Media

An introductory course to electronic media with specific application to its use in worship ministries. Basic areas covered will include visual (still, video, streaming) and audio editing and production,  Flash presentations, related software applications, related web-based resources and basic recording techniques the use of media in worship ministries.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

 

Biblical and Theological Issues in Worship

Worship wars!  Everyone has their opinion.  What does the Bible really say about modern tensions in worship?  This course, designed for future and present worship leaders, is an in-depth biblical and theological discussion of the issues related to modern tensions in the use of the worship arts in the church.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Communicating Biblical Truth through Worship

This course covers the theory and practice of biblical worship leading—biblical exegesis applied to corporate worship.  Students learn to prepare biblical worship sets in a variety of styles that communicate scriptural truths and complement other liturgical forms used in the service.  The student is challenged to learn consistent and appropriate pedagogical tools for effective communication, including tools for self-evaluation.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Administrative Process in Worship Arts

An in-depth investigation, with practical application, of the administrative process involved in a worship arts ministry.  Basic areas covered will include the supervision and management of people and resources, vision-building, leadership development/staffing, planning of worship events, budgeting, and administering the use of electronic media/technology in worship.  The class will include organizing and preparing actual worship events as well as various trips to ministry and production centers, studios and distributors.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Worship and Performing Arts Forum

A required weekly forum that will provide an opportunity for low-pressure student performances, departmental dialogue, guest lectures, and master-classes.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Worship and Performing Arts Seminar

A required ten hour seminar for all W&PA majors that highlights the unique privileges and challenges associated with being an artistically-gifted person. The course seeks to understand the responsibilities that come with artistic talent, and encourage students to wrestle with issues such as time management, personal discipline, pride, perfectionism, the artist's role in community and the world.

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

Worship and Performing Arts Internship

The internship provides pre-professional field experiences in ministry settings for the purpose of giving the student an opportunity to practice and develop the skills taught in his/her particular program.  These experiences include observations, assistance, and participation/teaching experiences for the student in a variety of contexts. It is intended that the internship will provide the student with an opportunity to practice skills early in the program in order to develop a measure of proficiency prior to the Practicum placement.  Four semesters of internship are required.  An internship generally means an involvement of a minimum of five hours/week.

Worship and Performing Arts Practicum

The practicum is an in-service program for the purpose of providing direct ministry involvement and experience under the supervision of a qualified professional and the Program Coordinator, with the approval of the department Chair.  A minimum involvement of 10 hours/week is required.

Senior Worship Project

Qualified students, during the final year of studies, are invited by the W&PA faculty to present a worship event/project for the purpose of providing a final, cumulative artistic expression, show-casing their ability to develop and effectively produce a missional worship event/project that represents the biblical and spiritual core values of the college, while also demonstrating a profound understanding of personal worship.