TH4616 - Theology of Worship


Theology of Worship


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 90

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Introducing worship: definitions, boundaries and practice

Worship and Scripture

The influence of worship upon early Christian credal statements

Perspectives in Christian worship

Differing approaches to worship in the Church

Liturgy: purpose and practice

Reformation: Worship and the Reformation Gospel,

Cultural diversity and worship patterns

Theology, worship and the arts

  • To build skills in theological reflection in an academic context according to the overall aims of the certificate level programme
  • To develop an understanding of how the study of worship fits within the overall certificate framework of theology in biblical studies
  • To develop skills in communicating viewpoints in the form of an academic assignment, particularly with Christian worship in mind.
  • To provide a basis upon which future studies in worship may be undertaken (particularly research based independent projects at level 5)

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

By the end of the module the students will demonstrate:

  1. An broad, basic understanding of the history of worship as practised and understood in Christianity.
  2. An understanding of the major issues and potential problems involved in the practice and theory of Christian worship
  3. A recognition of the importance of theological presuppositions in the practice of worship.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
13000 word written assignment100%AllCoursework

As assessment

Block, D. I. (2014). For the glory of God: Recovering a biblical theology of worship. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Carson, D. A., Ashton, M., Hughes, R. K., & Keller, T. J. (2002). Worship by the book.

Chapell, B. (2009). Christ-centered worship : letting the Gospel shape our practice. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Due, N. (2005). Created for worship : from genesis to revelation to you. Fearn: Mentor.

Frame, J. M. (1996). Worship in spirit and truth. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub.

Frame, J. M. (1997). Contemporary worship music : a biblical defense. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub.

Kauflin, B. (2008). Worship matters : leading others to encounter the greatness of God. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books.

Parry, R. A. (2005). Worshipping Trinity : coming back to the heart of worship. Milton Keynes ; Waynesboro, Ga.: Paternoster.

Duncan, J. L., Kimball, D., Lawrence, M., Quill, T. C. J., Wilt, D., Dever, M., et al. (2009). Perspectives on Christian worship : 5 views : Ligon Duncan, Dan Kimball, Michael Lawrence & Mark Dever, Timothy Quill, Dan Wilt. Nashville, Tenn.: B&H Academic.

White, J. F. (2000). Introduction to Christian worship (3rd ed.). Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press.

White, J. F. (1993). A brief history of Christian worship. Nashville: Abingdon Press.


Chris Lazenby


Arts and Humanities Board of Studies

Tue, 30 Jun 2020

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