This unit is an exploration of the theology and practice of Christian worship in Christian schools. Students focus on the nature of Christian worship, especially within the Lutheran tradition and the forms worship assumes in Christian schools and early learning centres. Students develop practical skills for planning, conducting and overseeing worship in education contexts.

Unit code: DA8040L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 12.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Examine and summarise the theology underpinning Christian worship


Assess the validity, function and forms of worship in school and early childhood service contexts


Create worship resources for use in schools or early childhood services


Engagement with online learning materials, which may include audio/video, tasks, forums and asynchronous discussion with lecturer.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bradshaw, Paul. Early Christian worship: a basic introduction to ideas and practice. 2nd ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • Dawn, Marva J. A royal “waste” of time: the splendor of worshiping God and being church for the world. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.
  • Gordh, Bill. Building a children’s chapel: one story at a time. New York, NY: Church Pub, 2007.
  • Just, Arthur. Heaven on earth: the gifts of Christ in the divine service. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2008.
  • Lenton, Sarah. Creative ideas for children’s worship: based on the Sunday gospels, year A. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2011.
  • ———. Creative ideas for children’s worship: based on the Sunday gospels, year B. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2012.
  • Moon, Hwarang. Engraved upon the heart: children, the cognitively challenged, and liturgy’s influence on faith formation. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.
  • Precht, Fred L., ed. Lutheran worship: history and practice. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1993.
  • Renner, Paul. Together in God’s presence: a simple explanation of the liturgy with questions for study and discussion. Adelaide, SA: Lutheran Publishing House, 1989.
  • Senn, Frank C. Introduction to Christian liturgy. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Learning Resource

Learning Resource (worship resource) 1500 words equivalent

1500 50.0

Investigation 2000 words

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000