The unit will enable the student to have a critical awareness of the nature of Christian worship, its theology, history, practice and emerging trends. The unit will discuss the role ritual plays in human identity and development, the transforming function of worship and the development of diverse liturgical practice to date. An emphasis is placed upon the practical and creative skills needed for leadership of worship in a local church

Unit code: DL2741Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Explain the historical, theological and biblical foundations of Christian worship


Discuss the importance of the liturgical cycle, distinct components and flow of an order of worship


Craft and deliver liturgical material for selected worship settings


Discuss issues pertaining to the practice of contemporary worship

Unit sequence

A Level 2 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to consider the theory and practice of liturgy and worship.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bradshaw, Paul F and Maxwell E. Johnson. The Origins of Feasts, Fasts, and Seasons in Early Christianity (Alcuin Club Collections). Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011.
  • Bracken Long, Kimberly. The Worshipping Body: The Art of Leading Worship. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Know Press, 2009.
  • Burns, Stephen. Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
  • Chittister, Joan. The Liturgical Year: The Spiralling Adventure of the Spiritual Life - The Ancient Practices. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009.
  • Duck, Ruth C. Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
  • Hickman, Hoyt L, Don E. Saliers, James F. White. New Handbook of the Christian Year. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1992.
  • Lutheran World Federation. The Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture in Christian Worship: Unity in Cultural Diversity. Geneva, Switzerland: Lutheran World Federation, 1996.
  • Saliers, Don E. Worship as Theology. Foretaste of Glory Divine. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1994.
  • Saliers, Don. Music and Theology (Horizons in theology). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007.
  • Schmidt, Katherine G. Virtual Communion: Theology of the Internet and the Catholic Sacramental Imagination. Lanham, MD: Fortress Academic, 2020.
  • White, James F. Introduction to Christian Worship Third Edition: Revised and Expanded Nashville, TN: United Methodist Publishing House, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review

Historical, theological, biblical foundations of worship

800 20.0

Meaning making in worship

1100 25.0
Summative Reflection

Theological reflection on worship

1100 25.0

Element(s) of Worship

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 31 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-31 10:31:18 +1100