Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Worship Studies

  • WSTU 200 Worship Foundations (3 sem. hrs.)

    A foundational study of worship theology and practice. The course begins with an introduction to biblical worship theology and practice, then surveys 2,000 years of church worship history, from Pentecost to the present, examining the role of music and the arts in the context of changes and cultural adaptations in worship theology and practice.

    Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0; 0-0)


  • WSTU 300 Current Worship Leadership Issues (3 sem. hrs.)

    An examination of contemporary trends and leadership issues in worship practice set in the context of the larger cultural shifts of the last 25 years. The course has two main areas of concern: theological and philosophical leadership issues for a biblical worship practice in a postmodern culture, and practical concerns relating to development of a vibrant local church worship ministry.

    Cross-listed: MUSI 300.

    Prerequisite(s): WSTU 200. (0-0; 3-0)


  • WSTU 320 Creative Arts Seminar (1 sem. hr.)

    An interdisciplinary creative course for the development of new artistic expression for use in the church. The course is designed for student practitioners of music, video, drama, and visual art. Students work with artists in their field, on their own and in seminar together, towards a workshop presentation of new works. The course facilitates the releasing of new creations for the church, and teaches principles of affirming and releasing the giftedness of others.

    NB: Not offered every year. See coordinator for details.

    Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing in the Worship Studies minor; or permission of instructor and submission of portfolio.


  • WSTU 400 Songs of Faith (1 sem. hr.)

    An examination of meanings and purposes of sacred/church song in the context of the believing community, from Old Testament psalm to early church hymn, chant to Reformation hymn, revival hymn and gospel song to contemporary worship chorus. The course is concerned with seeing the varied musical and textual expression of God's people throughout their history, understanding these expressions within the worship culture of their time, and appreciating the breadth of repertoire of the church's songs.

    NB: Offered on alternate years. See coordinator for details.

    Cross-listed: MUSI 432.

    Prerequisite(s): WSTU 200 and upper level standing, or instructor's consent. (0-0; 1-0)


  • WSTU 401 Worship Design and Leadership 1 (1 sem. hr.)

    A study of the principles and practice of designing effective worship services. This course is the classroom component related to local church practica, WSTU 402 and 403.

    Cross-listed: MUSI 401.

    Prerequisite(s): WSTU 300 and upper level standing, or instructor's consent. (1-0; 0-0)


  • WSTU 402 Worship Design and Leadership 2 (1 sem. hr.)

    A local church practicum covering the entire semester, with scheduled involvement to be determined early in the semester in cooperation with the ministry leadership of the local church. It is expected that the student is given hands-on responsibilities in areas of strength, as well as opportunities for growth in other areas. The student works under the immediate supervision of a staff or qualified lay leader in the local church and within the general supervision of a TWU instructor.

    NB: Pass/Fail course.

    Cross-listed: MUSI 402.

    Co-requisite: WSTU 401.

    Prerequisite(s): WSTU 300 and upper level standing. For those involved in leading worship teams in the practicum, MUSI 320 is required; MUSI 405 is recommended. For those involved in leading choir/ensembles in the practicum, MUSI 405 is required. For those involved in a dramatic ministry in the practicum, DRAM 318 is required. For those involved in digital media (projection) ministry in the practicum, COMM 230 is required. (0-8; 0-0)


  • WSTU 403 Worship Design and Leadership 3 (1 sem. hr.)

    A continuation of the local church practicum of WSTU 402, typically in the same church. The practicum covers the entire semester, with scheduled involvement to be determined early in the semester in cooperation with the ministry leadership of the local church. It is expected that hands-on responsibilities in this semester are increased over those of WSTU 402. The student works under the immediate supervision of a staff or qualified lay leader in the local church, and within the general supervision of a TWU instructor.

    NB: Pass/Fail course.

    Cross-listed: MUSI 403.

    Prerequisite(s): WSTU 402. (0-0; 0-8)


  • WSTU 490 Topics in Worship Studies (1 sem. hr.)

    A senior seminar course involving specific topics pertinent to worship in the contemporary church. The topics relate to guest lectures and presentations, e.g. TWU Scholarly Lecture Series, Artist- or Scholar-in-Residence programs, Lamblight Lecture Series, ACTS worship symposia, or TWU faculty lecturer.

    NB: Not offered every year. See coordinator for details.

    Prerequisite(s): Upper level standing. (1-0 or 1-0)

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