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Worship 4 Today is a highly successful course which has been used in Sheffield Diocese since 2007, where it runs for one academic year alongside other lay training. 

Fully revised and re-published during 2013 by Church House Publishing, the course is now receiving national and international recognition as a key training resource for all those involved in leading worship.

Written by experienced practitioners, Revd Helen Bent, who was previously the Bishop’s Adviser in Music and Worship in Sheffield Diocese, together with Liz Tipple, worship leader, teacher and professional musician, Worship 4 Today has proved a catalyst in many churches for renewed vision and direction in worship.

Leading to…

This course will give you a greater confidence of leading worship by developing your practical worship leading skills, providing a deeper understanding of worship and developing your musical understanding and level of competency.

Further information

The aims of the course are: to nurture a foundation of personal worship; to provide a biblical and historical background; to deepen understanding of worship styles across the church; to increase confidence in practical skills; to develop new expertise; to explore authentic worship for a mission-shaped church

This course might be seen as a useful development for clergy and readers or those who are already involved in church choirs or music groups as well as other potential lay worship leaders. It has proved helpful for church wardens, who find themselves leading services in multi-benefices or during vacancies.

The aims of the course are

  • to nurture a foundation of personal worship
  • to provide a biblical and historical background
  • to deepen understanding of worship styles across the church
  • to increase confidence in practical skills
  • to develop new expertise
  • to explore authentic worship for a mission-shaped church

This practical course is particularly suitable for those who

  • wish to deepen their understanding of worship
  • are already involved in leading worship in their local church
  • sense a call to a ministry of leading others in worship
  • wish to improve their practical worship leading skills
  • wish to develop their musical understanding and level of competency
  • wish to develop other creative gifts to enhance church worship

Course Team

The course will be run by a team, overseen by Revd Helen Bent, Course Leader, working together with a team of other tutors, supported by mentors. They have all been participants on the course in previous years and bring first-hand experience of the course and leading worship in the local church.

Commitment and requirements

The course consists of eleven Sunday afternoon sessions from 1.45pm to 5.15pm and one full Saturday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Each session will include teaching, discussion, group work and experiential learning.  You will be required, on occasions, to carry out short written tasks and do some preparatory reading, keep a personal journal, make visits to other churches and complete a personal project designed to affirm your development.

But I’m not a musician…

This course is not just for musicians, but for all those involved in being part of a parish worship team. It is suitable for any one who wants to understand more about worship and how to do it well. The course can be a significant first step for potential worship leaders and those beginning to explore vocation. It can also provide a useful refresher for clergy and readers or those who are already involved in church choirs or music groups. It has also proved helpful for church wardens, who find themselves leading services in multi-benefices or during vacancies.

Pre-requisites

There are no academic, educational or musical requirements and is not just for musicians, but for all those involved in being part of a parish worship team The most important requirement for participants is to come as worshippers themselves, to seek to engage with God in different forms of worship, and to learn to lead others in inspiring worship which is both converting and transforming. 

Course outline and qualification

The course consists of eleven Sunday afternoon sessions from 1.45 – 5.15 pm (including a tea break) and one full Saturday from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (in May). Each session will include teaching, discussion, group work and experiential learning.

There are four key areas to the programme - (click on the  icon to expand information)

1. Theology and History

2. Exploring different traditions & worship styles

3. Leadership Skills

4. Practical Skills

 

Attending the course will also involve...

  • preparatory reading or short written tasks for each session
  • practical involvement and ministry during the course
  • keeping a personal journal and portfolio
  • making visits to other churches where the worship (and music) is of a different style to your own church
  • completing a personal project, designed to affirm each participant’s development.

Projects and Portfolios will not be graded but thorough written feedback will be given. There is no formal qualification at the end of the course. However, there will be an opportunity to review with course tutors what you have learnt, and an opportunity to discern, with the help of your Incumbent and PCC, how this ministry might be developed further within the local church setting. On satisfactory completion of the course, participants will be authorised by the Bishop as Worship Leaders and may be called upon to contribute to diocesan worship.

Key dates

First Sunday – September

Final Sunday – July

Saturday session – May

Costs

Approximately £160 per person. This will cover the provision of all resources and refreshments. Please do not let the cost prevent you from applying. Participants are encouraged to ask their church to contribute to their fees.

Next steps

Taster evenings are held for those who are thinking about participating usually at Diocesan Church House from 7.00 – 9.00 pm in April and May.

Before you join the course, you will need to :

  • have the support of your Incumbent and PCC
  • fill in an application form
  • have a brief interview

The Taster Evenings give you an ideal opportunity to explore the course in more detail. However, a high level of commitment is expected with attendance at all sessions unless very good reasons prevent this. 

Attending the course will also involve

  • preparatory reading or short written tasks for each session
  • practical involvement and ministry during the course
  • keeping a personal journal and portfolio
  • making visits to other churches where the worship (and music) is of a different style to your own church
  • completing a personal project, designed to affirm each participant’s development.

Projects and Portfolios will not be graded but thorough written feedback will be given. There is no formal qualification at the end of the course. However, there will be an opportunity to review with course tutors what you have learnt, and an opportunity to discern, with the help of your Incumbent and PCC, how this ministry might be developed further within the local church setting. On satisfactory completion of the course, participants will be authorised by the Bishop as Worship Leaders and may be called upon to contribute to diocesan worship.

Contact Trish Stafford, Training Administrator

Email icon trish.stafford@sheffield.anglican.org  phone icon 01709 309147

web icon For more information about course content visit the dedicated Worship4Today website

Key locations 

Taster evenings: Diocesan Church House 95-99 Effingham Street, Rotherham, S65 1BL

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Worship 4 Today

The course consists of eleven Sunday afternoon sessions from 1.45 – 5.15 pm (including a tea break) and one full Saturday from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (in May 2018). Each session will include teaching, discussion, group work and experiential learning.

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Who can I contact about the course?

Administrator: Trish Stafford

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You can contact Trish at trish.stafford@sheffield.anglican.org

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