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There are two programs for the 2016-2017 year:
Certificate in Worship Leadership
Certificate in Clergy and Congregational Wellness
One (1) year programs
• Four courses-each course is 5 weeks
• Learners enroll in one course at a time
• On-going Apprenticeships/Observations throughout the year with an Approved Learning Resource Coach
• Required summer intensive in Atlanta, Ga. /Charlotte, NC
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Thinking Theologically: Reflections on Worship & Justice
Foundations course purposed to introduce, re-orientate thinking around justice-minded worship leading; survey of scripture and how justice is addressed; students develop a strong philosophy of justice-minded worship leading/planning
At the end of this learning experience students should be able to:
· Have a clear understanding of what it means to think theologically
· Understand justice as a way of life, not something done on occasion; how worship can be used as a catalyst for empowering communities to live in this manner;
· Understand what Scripture says (in both Testaments) about justice as an attribute of God and godly living
· Understand the need to recover the cultural and spiritual value of lament
Understanding the responsibility and role of the congregation in worship; survey of African and African American hymnody and congregational song; congregational singing as a vehicle of spiritual formation; how to plan and lead congregational singing that is transformative; hospitable worship leadership and being aware of who is (and isn't) in the room;
At the end of this
learning experience, students should be able to:
- Have a broad(er) understanding of the role of the congregation in African American worship
- Orient their leadership style to build community through, gesture, choice of words and tone.