Christian Worship in a Post-Modern World


Program D.Min
Field of Study Ministry
Class# M 717
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The worship traditions of the mainline churches, once privileged by the worldview and ethos of modernity, find themselves being challenged in the emerging post-modern world by a variety of trans-denominational renewal movements, each of which sees the reform of worship as the key to a more broad-based renewal of the church. The first part of the course is devoted to an analysis of the transition from modernity to post-modernity, and its implications for the future of mainline worship traditions. The remainder of the course is devoted to determining what, if anything, mainline congregations might learn from the worship strategies of five of these renewal movements (the Church-Growth movement, the Pentecostal movement, the Afrocentric movement, the Women-Church movement and the Ecumenical Liturgical Renewal movement).