Code
Course Credits
WRSH 101 WRSH 101 - Worship Foundations

A foundational study of worship theology and practice. The course will begin with an introduction to biblical worship theology and practice, then survey church worship history from Pentecost to the present day, examining the role of music and the arts in the context of changes and cultural adaptations in worship theology and practice.

co-requisites: RELS 101 or 102

3.00
WRSH 180 WRSH 180 - Worship Arts Studio

A seminar for students in all levels of the Worship Arts program, required for majors in at least 6 semesters. The class incorporates discussion and analysis of worship services, music and other arts in worship, and topical issues arising in other classes in the program. Particular attention is given to leadership issues and preparation for a life in worship ministry.

1.00
WRSH 201 WRSH 201 - Worship + Culture

An examination of trends and issues in the contemporary church’s worship practice, especially in the context of the larger cultural shifts in the West since the 1960’s. Students explore the divergent responses to the “worship wars” of the 1980’s, especially the emphasis on music and musical style, and various more recent approaches to worship practice and ministry in a postmodern culture.

pre-req: WRSH 101, or permission

3.00
WRSH 301 WRSH 301 - Worship + Leadership

An examination of leadership issues in the worship practices of the contemporary evangelical church. Through exploration of a range of approaches to the arts, liturgy, worship evangelism, service design, and curation, the course is concerned with (1) theological and philosophical leadership issues for a biblical worship practice in a postmodern culture, and (2) practical concerns relating to development of a vibrant local church worship ministry.

pre-req: WRSH 201, or permission

3.00
WRSH 320 WRSH 320 - Creative Workshop

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 groups, 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.

pre-req: upper level standing in WRSH major/minor, or permission and submission of portfolio

3.00
WRSH 490 WRSH 490 - Topics in Worship Studies

A senior seminar course involving specific topics pertinent to worship in the contemporary church. Topics and semester hours credit vary with each iteration.

pre-req: upper level standing in WRSH major/minor, or permission

1.00, 2.00, 3.00
WRSH/MUSI 239 WRSH/MUSI 239 - Songs of Faith

An examination of meanings and purposes of sacred/church ‘song’ in the context of the believing community, from OT psalm to early church hymn, chant to Reformation hymn, revival hymn and gospel song to contemporary worship chorus. The course will be 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.

pre-req: WRSH 101, or permission

3.00
WRSH/MUSI 401 WRSH/MUSI 401 - Worship Design

A study of the principles and practices of designing effective worship services for a variety of contexts. This course is the classroom component related to local church practica, WRSH/MUSI 402 and 403.

pre-req: upper level standing; co-req: WRSH 402

3.00
WRSH/MUSI 402 WRSH/MUSI 402 - Worship Practicum 1

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.

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, THTR 383 is required. For those involved in digital media ministry in the practicum, ART 250/MCOM 231 is required.

pre-req: WRSH 301 and upper level standing, or permission; co-req: WRSH/MUSI 401

1.00
WRSH/MUSI 403 WRSH/MUSI 403 - Worship Practicum 2

A continuation of the local church practicum of WRSH 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 WRSH 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.

1.00