IFD385 – Your Ministry of Leading Worship 101
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Would you like to prepare to do “pulpit supply” or lead worship with your pastor? This course will focus on basic understandings of worship, gaining skills for Lay Servants planning and leading worship, and fulfill requirements for Lay Speaker Certification. Particular emphasis will be given to students’ role in relation to other leaders and the congregation.
We will explore the history and practice of Christian liturgy and worship leadership, the task of planning worship, and various settings and approaches where Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers may lead worship. In addition, we will also explore the work of reading Scripture, leading prayer, distribution of the elements at the Lord’s Supper, and the basic dos and don’ts of effective worship leadership.
All students are expected to have or have access to The United Methodist Hymnal (1989) and The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992). All other course materials are included as downloads in the course.
Note: Be aware that this course has daily assignments and there is an expectation of daily online group participation. Students should expect to spend a minimum of an hour a day on weekdays.
This class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “worship” class required for Lay Speaker certification.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Image credit, lower left corner: Luke Lucas 2015, used with permission
Image credit, upper left corner: Mike DuBose 2015, for UMNS
Past participants in this course have said…
“Of all the classes I have ever taken, including high school, college and numerous continuing ed, this was one I wish would have never ended. Dan Benedict truly blessed all in this class and brought us wisdom. It should come with a warning label, be prepared, you’re going to learn more about church than you ever thought you could!”
“This course offered so much information that I am going to be learning from it for quite some time. It was a challenging course chocked full of gems that I will use in my journey.”
“The materials were fantastic! I am so pleased to have them saved on my PC for later reference. Dan obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this course–bravo. I can’t think of a thing I could suggest or anything I would change. It was a privilege to take the course and a blessing to be in communication with the other participants.”
“This course was exceptionally well organized and relevant to the work of the Lay Speaker. I appreciated the live sessions and the interaction with other students.”
“This course was much more than I expected it to be and really expanded my horizons. The instructor was excellent. He obviously is an expert in his field, but he didn’t make his students feel inadequate but rather was extremely patient and gently led us to think through things on our own. He made excellent suggestions, rather than telling us what to think. He also went above and beyond in responding to students’ posts and questions. He answered emails promptly and shared his telephone number and was open to having students call him to ask questions or just talk about the course materials. This was one of the best online courses I’ve taken.”
“Participants with any level of experience leading worship–from beginner to those with many years of experience–will find their knowledge base and skills greatly increased.”
“I would give this class my highest marks, but be prepared to be challenged and ready to do some serious homework — but it is very rewarding.”
Dan lives on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He is a clergy member of the California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and is officially retired, though he remains active in teaching, consulting and writing in the areas of worship and liturgical spirituality.
For many years he served as a local church pastor in New York and California. From 1993 to 2005 Dan served as Worship Resources Director in the Center for Worship Resourcing for The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
Dan’s ongoing interests are ordering the life of the congregation around the means of grace, crafting liturgy, and the work of presiding and assisting in worship. He has a strong sense of vocation to encourage and lead clergy and congregations to richer and more frequent celebration of the Eucharist as normative Christian worship.
He is married to Mary O, father of two grown children and grandfather to six boys and four girls. In addition to loving worship as a professional pursuit, he is passionate about living sustainably on the planet, gardening, walking the beaches, cooking, and reading poetry and good novels.