Christian Formation for Participation in Worship

This syllabus was for a seminar that explored the nature of “full, conscious, and active participation” in Christian worship and asked what role Christian teaching ministries can play in nurturing it. Seminar discussions focused on both the content of Christian worship and the pedagogical processes best suited to enhance it.

Course Syllabus

This seminar explored the nature of “full, conscious, and active participation” in Christian worship and asked what role Christian teaching ministries can play in nurturing it. Seminar discussions focused on both the content of Christian worship and the pedagogical processes best suited to enhance it.

Notes

  • Ahead of the seminar, I recommend studying Cornelius Plantinga, Discerning the Spirits, Leanne Van Dyk, A More Profound Alleluia, and chapters 1, 2, 10, 11, 13, and 15 in Worship Seeking Understanding.
  • Morning break and lunch will be spent in communal fellowship with members of all on-campus seminars.
  • In the afternoon, I look forward to individual or group discussions with many of you.
  • Plan on spending roughly two hours of your time each day preparing to discuss the next day’s readings.
  • The rest of your time is yours to spend in rest, prayer, and in development of teaching materials, sermons or other resources for your congregation, college, or seminary. Along the way, we’ll offer opportunities for you to present your questions and comments to the group for feedback.
  • On the Sunday between our two weeks of study, we’ll organize some optional visits to local congregations together.
  • Choosing these books was nearly impossible. There are 29 more we could add! Rest assured that we can talk about many more types of resources, and we’ll have access to many of them during the seminar.
  • We can’t begin to cover all these books in their entirety.  In most cases, we’ll focus on a 2-3 key chapters. Part of my aim to expose us all to a range of literature.
Day Topic Format Readings
1

A-Introduction to Worship, Full, Conscious, Active Participation

B- Congregation adn College/Seminary Based Learning

Brief Introductions (Personal, Professional) Lecture/Discussion

Selected Chapters in:

John D. Witvliet, Worship Seeking Understanding

James F. White, Documents of Christian Worship: Descriptive and Interpretive Sources

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (on Vatican website)

2 A-Diversity of Contemporary Worship 

B-Teaching Strategies for Diverse Audiences: Evaluating Plantinga

Brief Introductions (Liturgical, Ecclesial) 

Seminar Discussion

Cornelius Plantinga Jr, Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today

Thomas Kane, The Dancing Church Around the World: DVD Collection

3A A-Worship and Theology
[altered schedule for Morning Worship, with All Seminars] 

Seminar Discussion

Leanne Van Dyk (Editor), A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony 

The Worship Sourcebook

Vertical Habits website


3B B-The Bible and Worship Seminar Discussion

Mark Ashton, R. Kent Hughes, Timothy J. Keller, D.A. Carson, Worship by the Book

Gerrit Scott Dawson, Jesus Ascended

Tremper Longman III, Immanuel in Our Place: Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship (The Gospel According to the Old Testament)

4 Survey of Teaching Strategies Seminar Discussion

Each seminar member studies two of these and “reviews” the rest. 

John D. Witvliet, A Child Shall Lead: A Sourcebook for Christian Educators, Musicians, and Clergy

Norma de Waal Malefyt and Howard Vanderwell, Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning

C. Michael Hawn, One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship

Sing! A New Creation, CRC Publications, 2001, LEADER’S EDITION.

Ron Rienstra, Ten Service Plans for Contemporary Worship

Quentin J. Schultze, High-Tech Worship? Using Presentational Technologies Wisely

5A Learning in Congregations
Guest Presentation
 
5B Discuss Congregations Seminar Discussion

Debra Dean Murphy, Teaching That Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education 

Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Nurturing Faith and Hope: Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education

 Anthony B. Robinson, Transforming Congregational Culture

6A Stepping Back:   Educational Philosophy Seminar Discussion Readings from Elliot Eisner, The Educational Imagination: On the Design and Evaluation of School Programs
6B Specific Strategies: Case Studies, Participant Observer Exercises, Leadership Skill Developments
Seminar Discussion

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Laurence Hull Stookey, Let The Whole Church Say Amen!: A Guide for Those Who Pray in Public

Robert Buckley Farlee (Editor), Mark Paul Bangert (Editor),Eric P. Vollen (Editor), Leading the Church’s Song (Leading Congregational Song)

7A Stepping Back:   Educational Philosophy Seminar Discussion Craig Dykstra, Growing in the Life of Faith: Educational and Christian Practices
7B Children, Youth, and Congregational Learning Guest Presentation
 
8A Stepping Back:   Teaching Strategies Seminar Discussion Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do
8B Designing and Evaluating (Teaching) Projects Seminar Discussion Kathleen A. Calahan, Projects That Matter: Successful Planning and Evaluation for Religious Organizations
9A Worship’s Wisdom Literature Seminar Discussion Thomas G. Long, Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian (J-B Practicing Our Faith Series)
9B Worship’s Wisdom Literature Guest Presentation  
10 Wrap-Up Brief Presentations  


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