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L8501 Introduction to Christian Worship

  • Unit Code & NameL8501 Introduction to Christian Worship
  • DescriptionThis graduate course unit introduces students to concepts that provide a foundation for the study of Christian worship. We will consider the biblical, theological and historical foundations of worship. Students will also be shown how to prepare a worship event and also be given the opportunity to lead a short time of worship during the course of the intensive. Over the course of the week there is a good blend of theory and practice making this a helpful unit for students with a variety of interests across a number of disciplines.
  • DisciplineChristian Life and Ministry
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester2, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline, Intensive
  • Date17-21 July, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Lecturer(s) Adam Couchman
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, Tutorials, Student Presentations, Church Visitation
  • AssessmentsAssessments for this course include reading summaries, preparation of three worship services and reflective essays
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the biblical, theological, cultural and historical foundations for the practice of Christian worship within a particular tradition
    2. Contrast recent developments within Christian worship
    3. Critically analyse a range of liturgical resources, as a basis for further research
    4. Compare the framework of various liturgical services
    5. Differentiate the riches of the Christian liturgical traditions
  • Text BooksCherry, Constance M. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Relevant Faithful Services. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2010

    O'Brien, Glen. Christian Worship: A Theological and Historical Introduction, Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2013

    Robert Street, Called to be God?s People, (London: The Salvation Army, 1999), 25-38, 83-114

    Robert E. Webber, The Younger Evangelicals, (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002), 187-204

    Simon Chan, Liturgical Theology, (Downer?s Grove: IVP Academic, 2006), 9-17

    Robert E. Webber, ?Theologies of Worship Among the Churches?, in The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Vol 2 (Nashville: StarSong, 1994), 282-314

    James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 133-154