Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

20) VSM W201Praise, Prayer & Preaching - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
To aid the student in the (re)discovery and formation of Biblical worship and the distinct expression of African liturgy.

Learning Outcomes
Through the course the student will:

  1. Understand liturgy and worship in Scripture and the appropriation of both in the African context.
  2. Comprehend the Biblical as well as African comprehensive view of life as worship, its entirety as a liturgical act.
  3. Gain an understanding of how the development of liturgy as planned inculturation.
  4. Study the correlation between the African value on communal worship and individual spiritual disciplines
  5. Develop their own worship services, prayers, and preaching as a series of exercises affirming their African Christian identity

Course contents
Introduction to worship; definition of worship; worship in the Bible, worship in Church history, worship in other cultures including the West, contextualization of worship in the African setting, development of a unique worship experience for the local African church. Examine the liturgical calendar, use of sacred time and space, use of gestures and words, use of art and images. Study ceremonies and rituals such as Communion, Baptism, Marriage, and Child dedication.

Healey & Sybertz, Towards an African Narrative Theology. Nairobi: Paulines Publications,1996.
Magesa, Laurneti, Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2004.
Obrobator, A.E.. Theology Brewed in an African Pot. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2008.
Shorter, Aylward, African Christian Spirituality. New York: Orbis Books, 1978.