Course Area of Study: Practical Ministry
Worship is the signal activity of corporate meaningful activity in the church. The corporate gathering of the cultus-praise and worship of God – both directs the congregation’s attention toward the Person with Whom we have to do and the persons we are called to be. In addition, worship provides a theological lens through which the world is interpreted by the people of God. Essential to ministerial performance, leadership in worship requires serious reflection and study concerning the true meaning of worship, theological underpinnings of liturgical expression, appropriate knowledge of liturgical traditions and the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the worship leader. This course seeks to provide an introduction to each of these dimensions of liturgical leadership. Specific attention is given to understanding the role of music in corporate worship, and developing a critique of postmodern influences in contemporary Christian music.