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    South Hamilton, MA 01982
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    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

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Biblical Worship

Dates: TBA 2019
Campus: South Hamilton & Off-Site
Primary Faculty Mentors: Dr. Emmett Price & Dr. Randy Quackenbush

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Worship is biblically mandated and is a 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 Biblical 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. "9.5 Theses on Worship," Christianity Today. January 2005. Available at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/february/24.38.html

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.


Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by seeking to fulfill our general Doctor of Ministry goals in some track-specific ways:

  • To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God's Word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
    • You will be able to explain how worshipping "in spirit and in truth" must flow out of the truth of God's Word and be filled with the same Holy Spirit who inspired Scripture.
  • To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program's specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
    • Students will formulate their own biblical theology of worship as informed by the history and contemporary practice of a variety of worship traditions, with a view toward developing a philosophy of worship that is faithful to Scripture and that fits their ministry setting.
  • To provide students with the skill set and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
  • You will learn to plan and help lead worship services that draw people into an authentic encounter with the Triune God, leading to wonder, awe, repentance, thanksgiving, trust, praise, intercession, instruction, dedication, healing, humility, and blessing.
  • To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
  • Cohort members will be able to bond together as a worshipping community not only through their studies together, but also by leading worship for and with one another and the faculty members and by visiting other worshipping communities together.
  • To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ's lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
  • Students will be able to help worshippers make the connection between worship and work, Sabbath and service; so that as worship ends, service begins, and so that the end of all work is to continue the worship of the Lord of all.
  • To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
  • As a Doctor of Ministry learner, you will be able to interpret and help effect worship changes within your congregations, in ways that draw people more fully together as one body of Christ, "so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 15:6).
  • You will teach other worship leaders within your congregation and beyond how to understand, plan, and lead biblical worship.
  • To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
  • You will be able to see how worship reflects the worship of the "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church" in connection with the wider global church today and in communion with all the saints past and future, "a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9).