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Planning and Leading Worship: An Online Academic Course - Section A

Taught by Calvin University's worship pastor Paul Ryan, this course for academic or audit credit incorporates theological reflection and practical worship examples and ideas.


Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 19, 2020


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Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices: Planning and Leading Worship (1 Credit Hour)


Students learn how to address specific situations, problems, challenges, and opportunities in ministry through interdisciplinary readings, theological reflection, and strategic planning exercises. 


Paul S. Ryan is Worship Pastor for Calvin University and a resource development specialist for mentoring worship leaders at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music (BM, vocal performance) and Calvin Theological Seminary (MDiv and ThM) and is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church in North America.


Audit: $271
Credit: $542

How to Apply for Guest Enrollment

Note: Calvin University students register for this course as they would for any other Calvin University courses.

  1. Non-Calvin students: When you click on the "Register Now" button, you will be taken to a brief Calvin University application page. 
  2. For "course title and level," enter: CMS 251 - Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices.
  3. Submit application.

In one or two days, you will receive a confirmation email indicating your confirmed enrollment and steps for how to pay for the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you clarify how many hours one credit is? What is the time commitment?
This class will require about 24-30 hours over the course of three weeks (or 8-10 hours a week). This will be a combination of short lecture (audio and video), forum discussions, reading, some synchronous discussion and breakout activities, and skill-related exercises and assignments.

2. What time of the day is the class going to be held?
This class will by-and-large be asynchronous, but no more than three times a week the instructor will host synchronous class meetings. There will be two time options for each of these synchronous meetings to accommodate people in different time zones and work schedules.