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Academics: Ministry Leadership Minor with an emphasis in Worship

We have one English word “worship” which refers to at least three different things: 1) orienting all of life as an act of worship to God (every program at Calvin!); 2) explicit acts of praise, wherever they happen; and 3) particular events in church life where the congregation gathers for reading and preaching of scripture, baptism and the Lord’s supper, public prayer and praise.  ‘Worship’ here refers to this latter sense—what happens in worship services.

Calvin’s worship courses will provide a study of key biblical themes that ground Christian worship, and a theological framework to guide reflection on worship in many traditions and cultures.  Calvin’s worship courses will also provide you with exploration of key worship practices in a sampling of historical time periods, denominations, and cultures. Then we add other CMS courses which explore the beauty and challenge of congregations, and provide practical hands-on internship experience.


Requirements for Ministry Leadership Minor: Worship

1.CMS 151—Church and Society (3 hours), or approved interim

2. One additional 200 level Religion course beyond core, in Bible or Theology(3 hours). If students have taken Biblical Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from REL 230-235 to fulfill this requirement. If students have taken Theological Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from 211-224 to fulfill this requirement.

3. Cluster of courses with an emphasis in WORSHIP (9 hours)

  • REL 237, Christian Worship (3)
    A study of the history, theology, and practice of Christian worship.
  • MUS 236, Music in Worship (3)
    A historically and theologically-informed course on Christian congregational song, ranging from Old Testament psalms to contemporary praise-worship songs, from traditional Western hymnody to global worship songs, with some attention to cultural context and practical issues
  • And one class from the following:
    ARTH 232, Early Christian and Byzantine Arts
    (3)
    ARTH 233, Medieval Art
    (3)
    REL 379
    , Research Topics in Christian Worship (3)

4. 3 credit hours from a complementary area of interest:

Students will choose a course they did not count toward the requirements listed in number 3 from the following:

  • CMS 251-- Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices (1), which may be taken up to three times
  • CMS 374 -- Youth and Family Ministry
  • CMS 378 -- A Christian Calling: Proclaiming Jubilee as a Christian Leader
  • REL 252 -- Introduction to Missions
  • CMS 375 -- Ministry, Leadership, and Community Development

5. CMS 381 Ministry Studies Internship (3 hours), with specialized placements in the area of student interests/emphasis

 KEY FACULTY PERSON: Prof. John Witvliet (CMS, Music, Religion)         
Other key faculty: Laura Smit (Religion), Paul Ryan (Campus Ministries)