Training for Leading Worship in a Local Context (DIVI07007)
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**Important: The course fee will be £200 for any student who wishes to enrol on this course, and visiting students who wish to enrol in this course must take it for credit** This course cannot be taken alongside Training for Leading Worship in a Local Context (Blended Learning Option) (DIVI07008)
This course will be of particular interest to those who wish to explore the possibility of leading worship in their local church setting. It will cover the theology, history and structure of services of Christian worship in a variety of styles. The format will be varied, and will include lectures, discussion and opportunities to develop practical skills in delivering some of the components which make up a service of worship.
Academic Description: This course will be of interest to those who wish to explore the possibility of leading worship in their local church setting. It will focus on the history, theology and structure of worship services in a variety of styles, in order to ground current practice in its wider context. All of the components of a church service will be considered in theory but also from a practical perspective. Participants in the class will have opportunities to prepare and deliver prayers, children's talks and sermons, as well as to construct meaningful orders of service. Constructive critique will be offered to enable students to develop their abilities and explore ways in which their learning might be applied in their local context. The presbyteries/churches that partner with the course, and sponsor nominated students, are likely to offer mentoring in practice, but this will reflect their use of the course as a resource for training, and will not form part of the formal assessment. Syllabus/Outline Content: The course will begin with a discussion of the history of liturgy and the theology which lies behind the varieties of current practices in different denominations. It will then explore the different aspects of services of worship in turn, including themes and readings, prayers, children's talks and music, concluding with a focus on preaching. This will include material on biblical hermeneutics, theories of homiletics, and the technical skills required to preach effectively. Student Learning Experience Information: The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, including short lectures and discussions based on short readings prepared in advance. The experiences of those taking the course will be drawn upon throughout. Opportunities will be given for students to share material they have prepared, such as prayers, themes and sermons, with members of the class for constructive critique. Students will be expected to come to each class having covered the required reading and prepared any material required. If the student is taking the course for credit, there will be an assessed written exercise which will demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Students who are taking the course for credit will complete an assessed reflective project which will demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved. Students who are not taking the course for credit may also undertake the written exercise and receive feedback, if they wish.
Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%
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