The Worship Arts Seminar Series offered through the Center for Worship Arts at Trevecca Nazarene University is designed for pastors, worship leaders, choir directors, and lay people who desire to expand their knowledge of the biblical and historical foundations of Christian worship and learn practical applications and key insights to further their ministry. The program consists of four seminars and a final project. The program uses a cohort model and is offered fully online. Upon completion of these requirements, participants will receive documentation of completion from the Center.
The Worship Arts Seminar Series is an affordable option for those who are interested in pursuing further training in worship. Students have the option to pay per seminar ($300) or to pay for the entire series at one time ($1,000).
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Cohort Start Dates
Histories and Theories of Worship
August 15 - October 2, 2016
Contextualization and Practical Applications for Worship
October 10 - November 27, 2016
Music & the Arts in Worship
January 16 - February 26, 2017
The Sacred Actions and Ministries in Worship
March 7 - April 18, 2016
March 6 - April 16, 2017
Course 1: History and Theories of Worship explores the biblical and historical practices of worship from the patriarchal period to postmodern times. Attention is given to each period with relation to how the practice of the church today is shaped and informed by worship traditions throughout history. Students will be able to understand and conceive how historical models, modes, and patterns can be used in contemporary worship.
Course 2: Contextualization and Practical Applications for Worship fosters an understanding of the wide variety of contemporary cultural expressions of worship. Students will gain skills in identifying worship styles and interpreting their context, be able to reflect theologically on worship and worship planning in their individual area of service, will understand the functions of the Christian calendar and how it shapes congregational worship, and will learn to apply biblical and theological foundations of worship to weekly planning.
Course 3: The Arts in Worship leads students into a deeper understanding of the use of various art forms in worship. Students will study the historical use of the arts; understand the key roles of the arts in worship; be able to analyze music used in worship based on sound theology, biblical faithfulness, and congregational singability; will gain deeper insights for developing and working with a worship team; and will form a core arts theology that can be used to inform their voice and choice of art in worship,
Course 4: The Sacred and the Missional in Worship introduces students to the ways worship can serve to shape congregations and their mission in the world. Students will understand the role of the sacraments within the Christian tradition; articulate the role of occasional services in the life of the church; utilize worship as a means of discipleship, spiritual formation, and pastoral care; and recognize the pastoral role of the worship leader.
Each student will create a project incorporating what they have learned in each course of the seminar series program and directly relate it to their ministry context. This project will be unique to each student, but will include the following elements: articulation of a theology of worship, a plan to carry out the project in their worship setting, and written as well as visual components. A project proposal will be turned into the course instructor no later than two weeks following the completion of Course 4.
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