|Campus:||South Hamilton & Off-Site|
|Primary Faculty Mentor:||Dr. David Currie and Dr. Randy Quackenbush|
9.5 Theses on Worship by Dr. Gary Parrett
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Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
Worship is a biblically mandated and great task of the Church. A distinctive practice of congregational life, worship is the primary responsibility of most pastors. Yet many pastors have opted out of this responsibility, having suffered too many wounds in the "worship wars" raging throughout all parts of the Church. This track is designed to develop thoughtful worship leaders who can help everyone step out of the fray. The goal is not "liturgical correctness" nor producing a "one-size-fits-all" worship format. Rather the Formational Worship track at Gordon-Conwell seeks to equip students to nurture worship that flows from Scripture and theology, that is filtered through a range of historical traditions, and that fits the particular contexts where students are leading worship.
As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. The residencies consist of lectures, case studies, participant reports and individual consultations. The classroom sessions are collegial in style and stress learning within a community context. In preparation for each residency, you read between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of assigned and collateral reading. Following each of the first two residencies, you complete a project related to the residency topic. After the third residency, you complete a major thesis-project under the guidance of the directing faculty.
Sample readings include:
Beale, G.K. We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008.
Carson, D.A., et al, eds. Worship by the Book. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.
Chan, Simon. Liturgical Theology: The Church As Worshiping Community. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006.
Davis, John Jefferson. Worship and the Reality of God. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010.
Dawn, Marva. Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-of-the-Century Culture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
Parrett, Gary & Kang, S. Steve. Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009.
Peterson, David. Engaging with God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.
Torrance, James B. Worship, Community, and the Triune God of Grace. Downers Grove: IVP, 1996.
Van Dyk, Leanne, ed. A More Profound Alleluia: Theology And Worship In Harmony. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
Webber, Robert. Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming & Enacting God’s Narrative. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008.
On a journey from Hamilton to Syndey, students will have the opportunity to use and evaluate various worship tools during daily worship times, will visit a variety of worship sites and experience various worship styles, and will present case studies addressing problems related to worship leadership.