The Purpose of the Gathered Church in Worship

Course Overview

This course is a helpful and informative course for church leaders, explaining the significance of congregational worship, enabling an understanding of why churches gather, and fostering a biblical model for congregations to praise God.

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Course Outline

Course Intro and Overview
What Is Worship?
“Goldilocks” Worship
Worship and Mission
Discovering Your Worship DNA
Values Driven Worship – Part 1
Values Driven Worship – Part 2
The Song That Is Seen: Why Singing Matters
The Postures of Worship – Part 1
The Postures of Worship – Part 2
Prayer in Worship
Thoughts About Communion
Thoughts About Baptism
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Six Parts)
Five Key Concepts – Part 1
Five Key Concepts – Part 2
Multigenerational Worship
The Ten Commandments for Worship Leaders – Part 1
The Ten Commandments for Worship Leaders – Part 2
Worship Leading 101 Summary

Recommended Textbook

Worship Leading 101

A Primer for Church Leaders

by Mike Harland

Churches need worship leaders who know God’s Word and know how to leverage today’s musical and technological tools to lead corporate worship. Worship Leading 101 provides readers a starting place on the road toward a fully developed set of worship values that guide a biblical ministry of worship.

Course Professor

Mike Harland

Mike Harland has been a passionate student of worship ministry for more than 40 years. As a worship pastor, songwriter, publishing executive, author, teacher, and singer, Mike has dedicated his life to understanding biblical principles of worship and how those principles translate to local church ministries. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delta State University, a Masters of Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity from Blue Mountain Christian University. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Online Learning

You can access your course at any time on any device. You do not need to install an app or download software.


This course is part of a full certification track offered by Church Answers University. See available certifications here.

5 hours

This course contains five hours of on-demand video that can be started and resumed at any time.

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Course available individually or with certification

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