This course will explore the current status and evolution of the worship arts culture within contemporary Christendom. Students will seek to understand the importance of modern methodologies as pertinent to the pursuit of the worship of God within the context of postmodernity, and how this applies to worshiping in a vacuum versus evangelistically worshiping within a community touched by postmodernity. The course will discuss the ever-changing notion of vernacular communication and the ongoing discourse regarding ecumenical worship as the church of the 21st century attempts to achieve community, retain tradition, and operate out of a sense of cultural relevance. The course will seek to “unpack” evolving ideas of worship. We will seek to reconcile notions of worship, service, and performance, while understanding the significance of cultural “bridge building.”
• Students will seek to understand the ever-changing notion of vernacular communication, and ongoing discourse as the church of the 21st century attempts cultural relevance.
• Students will be able to “unpack” and articulate evolving ideas of worship.
• Students will demonstrate possible ways to reconcile notions of worship, service, and performance, while understanding the significance of cultural “bridge building.”
A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a Missional + Evangelical, Post/Protestant + Liberal/Conservative + Mystic/Poetic + Biblical + Charismatic/Contemplative + Fundamentalist/Calvinist + Anabaptist/Anglican + Methodist, + Catholic + Green + Incarnational + Depressed-Yet-Hopeful + Emergent + Unfinished Christian, by Brian McLaren. Zondervan.
Touching the Holy Other, by Shawn Young. Xanedu/Copley.
Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogby Raewynne J. Whiteley, Beth Maynard
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Churchby Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch
Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World, by Robert E. Webber.
Using course texts and websites, students will develop ideas of relevant, emergent, and cutting-edge forms of worship. Students should choose a particular culture and attempt to “build a bridge” from the congregation to God: that is, students should develop creative ways to facilitate the worship of the Creator within multiple cultural and trans-cultural contexts.
David and Radical worship (Birthday suits, decency, and order)
What in the world is worship?
Does God need our affirmation?
Ascribing value to an object…any object.
The power of vernacular communication
The emerging church
Post modernity and community
The vertical and the horizontal
Informational and proclamatory hymnology, vertical connection
Worship variations, deviations and varieties
Worship planning (Cultural dualism versus the “combined service”)