Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
Dynamic praise and worship causes us to be excited about going to church and look forward to every service. Through dynamic praise and worship, we experience God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, hope, joy, and love. When a time of praise and worship is not dynamic, it doesn’t direct us to God, it doesn’t capture our heart and soul and it doesn’t bring us into the presence of God. In plain honest terms, it can be boring and not meaningful at all.
In this interactive course, you will learn how to enhance the praise and worship experiences at your own church — whether traditional, blended, and/or contemporary – creating a dynamic, powerful experience for your congregation.
The Bible tells us God inhabits the praise of His people (Psalm 22:3) and that true worshipers will worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23). As we explore what the Bible says about praise and worship and you discover deeper Biblical meanings for praise and worship, you will be challenged and encouraged to look within yourself and to deepen your own personal time of praise and worship with God.
We will also learn about different types of services, discuss and consider ideas for enhancing your own worship experiences, and share suggestions for actively involving your whole church family in a more dynamic expression of praise and worship to God.
Please be sure you have a Bible on hand during this course. All other course materials will be provided.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Darla Thieler is a Bible teacher, conference leader, certified lay speaker, praise & worship leader, music director, composer, theater arts performer/director, and much more. But most importantly, she is a child of God who believes that every person is precious to God and needs to hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Darla is the founder of Remnant Ministries, a multi-faceted outreach ministry which began in 1982. The heart of Remnant Ministries is a ministry with juvenile detention centers.
Darla’s life was changed when she attended a Christian concert at the age of 13, and she heard the message that Jesus wanted to be her friend and had a wonderful plan for her life. She continues to share this same message of hope today, especially with the troubled youth of this generation. She also serves as Director of Music for Calvin United Presbyterian Church and is an active certified lay speaker for the Greensburg District in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Darla and her husband, George, have been married since 1987 and enjoy traveling and working together in ministry. Together with their two dogs (Amber Rose and Shtiya), they make their home in the mountains of Pennsylvania. God blessed them with their wonderful son, Joshua, and his beautiful wife, Becky.
Darla’s heartfelt desire is to bring glory and honor to God. Her prayer is that through the Living Word of God, others will come to a saving knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and all God’s children will be encouraged to make a deeper commitment and will grow in their relationship with Him.
Past Students Said…
“This course was such a wonderful experience and incredibly eye-opening for me. I learned so much in these two short weeks, I only wish it were longer! The instructor was absolutely fantastic – she provided excellent resources, challenging and insightful assignments and discussion topics, and encouraged classmates to communicate and share ideas and experiences with one another. I feel truly blessed to have been able to participate in this course! Thank you!”
“The discussion board topics were some of the highlights for me in this course. As a church musician and director, it was great to see the perspectives of non-musicians about worship elements, how to be creative in worship, and how to encourage the involvement of and engage the congregation in worship. The video examples were also great illustrations and will be helpful for me to share with the church music ensembles that I direct.”
“This course and our instructor was a true blessing to me! I have gotten more out of this course than I have any other I’ve taken in my training for Lay Servant or any other training.”
“Darla is passionate and knowledgeable! I was comfortable emailing her about the class and she was prompt in responding. She cared for each student as an individual. I think everyone in the class really appreciated her.”
“During the two weeks that I was taking this course I felt a renewal and restoration. I felt a closeness with God as we worked through some of the lessons. And He was faithful to pour out his abundant blessing in the form of inspiration, creativity and renewed energy. Thank you to Darla and all the participants!”
“This course was amazing. Darla’s faith comes from God and strikes at the center of her soul. Her complete devotion is clear in every assignment, every document she authored, every Discussion Board post, and every comment she offered.”