Christian Worship: Theory and Practice CHM510

Instructor: Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin

With communal worship at its center, this course has one goal: to strengthen students’ capacity to integrate worship theory and practice so that they can plan and lead worship with increasing competence in order to enrich a congregation’s experience of God, foster unity in the body of Christ, and strengthen the church’s witness in the world. Focused on developing and refining both a working theology and practices of worship, the course explores key biblical, theological, and historical foundations for Christian worship; teaches contextual analysis skills and practices; and introduces skills for studying biblical texts, crafting words for worship, and leading old and new rituals. Students will also explore their identity and embodiment as worship leaders and formulate a set of principles for training and leading a worship planning group, including strategies for evaluating and assessing worship.