MWS4310EN - Leading Multicultural Worship

Course description

This course is designed for worship leaders in multicultural congregations of all kinds. Students will grasp the key purposes and principles behind multicultural worship, and will gain a practical knowledge of how to do this effectively.

How this course benefits students

The concept of using song styles from other cultures is relatively new in western churches. Students will gain an understanding the rationale and purpose of intercultural worship, and will acquire many tools for effectively incorporating other styles and languages. They will also learn tried-and-tested intercultural songs, as well as creating their own fusion song.

Why this course is important

The majority of urban churches in the west now include multiple nationalities and cultures. This course will explain why it is important to represent these peoples in our corporate worship, and how to avoid numerous pitfalls in doing so.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Music & Worship Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Robert Baker, Professor of African Ethnomusicology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Ephesians 5:19 tells us to speak to one another with "psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit" and to "sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." This course will enable this to happen in a more meaningful way, as worship leaders learn to incorporate all cultures represented in their congregations.

Missionally driven

The use of Heart Music shows we care about all cultures in our churches, rather than imposing purely Western forms of worship upon them. This draws in those from other cultures and blesses those already present. It also builds bridges between the different cultures in the church.

Contextually informed

This is a form of contextualization, so that our worship models are transformed to represent multiple cultures.

Interculturally focused

The tools gained in this course will enable intercultural outreach through music.

Practically minded

This is a highly practical course, which requires students to learn new songs in other styles, as well as create their own hybrid composition.

Experientially transformed

Through the experiences outlined about, students will be inspired and transformed, ready to make a difference in their own churches.