This unit explores liturgical principles and parameters in an educational setting, with particular emphasis on the issues in planning and preparation of worship for general and special occasions. Students will also be encouraged to review resources for worship in an educational setting.

Unit code: DR8309T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate awareness of the importance and place of worship in an educational setting.


Articulate a coherent theology of worship and liturgy with due regard to the principles and parameters of particular educational settings.


Identify key aspects for the preparation of worship that enable the involvement of students from the context studied.


Identify and develop key elements for successful liturgical practice in relation to a specific educational setting.


Critically evaluate relevant resources for planning worship in educational settings

Unit sequence

DL8200T - Intro to Liturgical Thought and Practice


Web material, tutorial discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Dawn, Marva J. Reaching out without Dumbing Down. A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time Grand Rapids-Michigan: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Dawn, Marva J. A Royal ‘Waste’ of Time Grand Rapids-Michigan: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Dawn, Marva J. Is it a Lost Cause? Having the Heart of God for the Church’s Children. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.
  • Dean, Kenda Creasy, Almost Christian: What the faith of our teenagers is telling the American Church. USA: OUP, 2010
  • Duck, Ruth, Worship for the Whole People of God. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
  • Edie, Fred P., Book, Bath, Table and Time – Christian Worship as a Source and Resource for Youth Ministry. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2007. (recommended for purchase)
  • Erickson, Craig D., Participating in Worship. Louisville: Westminster Press, 1989.
  • Galbraith, Douglas (ed), Worship in the Wide Red Land. Melb. UC Press. 1985.
  • Hughes, G. Worship as Meaning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2003.
  • Hull, John M., God-Talk with young children. Philadelphia: Trinity Press, 1991.
  • Leach, John, Thirty Ways to Use Music in Worship. Grove W 209. Cambridge: Grove Books, 2011.
  • Legood, Giles, Chaplaincy. London: Cassell, 1999.
  • Morgenthaler, Shirley K; Becker, Peter M; Bertels, Gary L. Children in worship: lessons from research River Forest, IL : Pillars Press, 1999.
  • Murphy, Debra Dean, Teaching that Transforms. Worship as the Heart of Christian Education. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2006.
  • Pfatteicher, Philip H., The School of the Church. Worship and Christian Formation. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press, 1995.
  • Saliers, Don, Worship as Theology. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994.
  • Senn, F., New Creation: a Liturgical Worldview. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.
  • Spinks, Bryan D., The Worship Mall - Contemporary Responses to Contemporary Culture London: SPCK, 2010; NY: Church Publishing Inc, 2011
  • Stauffer, S. Annita, ‘Worship: Ecumenical Core and Cultural Context’, in Wilkey, G., (ed) Worship and Culture, Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Tarrant, Ian, How to Worship with a Data Projector. Grove W 192. Cambridge: Grove, 2007.
  • White, James F., Introduction to Christian Worship. Nashville: Abingdon, 1983.
  • White, Susan J. Foundations of Christian Worship. Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2000 (revised ed of Groundwork of Christian Worship, 1997.)
  • Witvliet, John D., A child shall lead: children in worship: a sourcebook for Christian educators, musicians and clergy. Garland, Texas: Choristers Guild. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 1999.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Critical Review

2000 word review

2000 30.0

3000 word essay

3000 50.0

500 word short paper

500 10.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial participation (equivalent to 500 words)

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100