Who Is Worship Training?
Our Philosophy Of Learning
Our Vision Of Faith
Our Learning Director
Our Core Values
Who Is WorshipTraining?
WorshipTraining is the worship education arm of the PraiseCharts family of websites. The WorshipTraining website exists to serve the international, interdenominational 21st century ChristianÂ community as a Worship and Arts Training, Resourcing and Development network. We have many voices that contribute to our world, from across the church spectrum, that focus on what we believe to be “essentials” related to worship. Our Learning Director is Dan Wilt, M.Min., whose bio information is offered below.
We are committed to building…
- The whole Church – in all its diversity, internationally
- The ancient-future Church – with all of its riches, both past and present
- The contemporary Church of the 21st century – with its strengths and challenges in a postmodern world
in its understanding and expressions of gathered worship.
WorshipTraining plays host to a wide varietyÂ ofÂ worship traditions denominationally, historically, theologically and in practice. For that reason, our focus is not on primarily on perpetuating a theologicalÂ statement, or defining our work in lightÂ ofÂ distinctives thatÂ separate us from others who do not hold them.
Our Philosophy Of Learning
The WorshipTraining Campus hosts local church leaders, university/college students, academics, artists and followersÂ ofÂ Jesus. BecauseÂ ofÂ this diversity, we are enriched, and are absolutely sure that differing viewpoints will rear their head from time to time.
We have a local church side to what we do, focusing us on serving a wide diversity of churches. We also have a university side, which encourages students to deeply process important ideas related to worship.
Therefore, WorshipTraining focuses only on “essentials” in worship understanding, and works very hard to celebrate and create a spaceÂ ofÂ dialogue on mattersÂ ofÂ worship on which mostÂ ofÂ our members would find common ground on.
The media we host is, again, diverse. The contentÂ ofÂ various teachers we host is meant to be diverse, and we choose content based on that content. In other words, the content we host is not necessarily an endorsementÂ ofÂ every view that teacher holds. Rather, it is an endorsementÂ ofÂ the idea being expressed being an important one for dialogue in the worshiping church.
For example, we host churches and content providers that are both ancient and future, liturgical and contemporary, stylistically current and stylistically unique to a church worship style.
3 Voice Learning
Our 3 Voice Learning Model*, which guides all of our live and online learning, catalyzes a learning conversation between:
- The Voice – of those teaching and learning together
- The Voice – of someone represented by media, books and other times in history
- The Voice – of the Holy Spirit, illuminating key insights for each learner
- Diversity in perspective invites rich conversation when done in a spiritÂ ofÂ benevolence, generosity, kind-spiritedness and hospitality.
- Learning is an intentional act on the part of the learner, and is the responsibility of the learner
- We learn as much from that with which we disagree as do from that with which we agree.
Our Vision Of Faith
Because WorshipTraining is the education arm of our worship resource channels, we’re sometimes asked if we have a “statement of faith.”Â The WorshipTraining Campus exists to serve the international, interdenominational 21st century ChristianÂ community as a Worship and Arts Training, Resourcing and Development network.Â A wide varietyÂ ofÂ diverse traditions, experiences and perspectives on worship (its definition, theology and practice) exists in our content. This is very intentional.
With over 20,000 protestant denominations in the world, and over 50 denominations and countries represented among us, it is not possible for us to put our primary energies into any one hobby horse. Rather, we create a community spaceÂ ofÂ learning, seek to guide it based on the ideas below, and allow diverse perspectives to influence one another while our Director seeks to build bridges and give healthy perspective to that online education experience.
Within our Media Library, there is a wide range of material that reflects this diversity in the Church. However, the range of theology does have a limit. We are not opposed to some ideas that we could learn from even non-Christian contributors, especially regarding music, instrumental and band training – even the craft of skillful songwriting. We are opposed on this site to content that stands in opposition to the core foundations of the Christian faith. These beliefs make a difference in our lives, and give a sense of boundaries to the kind of training that we promote through WorshipTraining.
We alsoÂ work hard to focus on “main and plain” ideas about who God is, what worship is all about, and how to effectively lead worship through music and the arts. We attempt to minimize extreme views on any given topic, but on occasion we will have pieces in our Media Library that are valuable in and of themselves, even if we (or our wider community) may not agree wholeheartedly with all that communicator stands for).
In our estimation, we must hold particular essentialsÂ ofÂ faithÂ to serve the 21st century church well.
Essentials about worship that we embrace:
- Jesus Christ is the SonÂ ofÂ God, and is the objectÂ ofÂ our worship with the Father and Holy Spirit.
- Worship, in its essence, is about God’s extension of love and grace toward humankind, and our response of complete and utter surrender.
- The entire biblical Story speaksÂ ofÂ God’s work among humanity, and guides us into a revelationÂ ofÂ the worship the Father seeks.
- Jesus life, death and resurrection are historical realities, andÂ faithÂ in Jesus is the way to everlasting life.
- The Church is beautiful in its diversity, and healthy conversations about worship can enrich us and help us understand ourselves as worshippers.
- We have something to learn about worship from liturgical, contemporary and ethnic expressions of the Church.
Teachers that are drawn on in our Essentials Courses, beyond the many worship leaders from many traditions we draw on, are N.T. Wright, Robert Webber and Dan Wilt. However, we do not expect that every church will love allÂ ofÂ these teacher’s perpectives in total. It is clear in all we do that we want to celebrate and affirm your local church setting in which the learner expresses his or her leadership and worship life.
In other words, we focus on the “main and plain” ideas about who God is, what worship is all about, and how to lead worship through music and the arts. We attempt to minimize extreme views on any given topic, but on occasion we will have pieces in our Media Library that are valuable in and of themselves, even if we (or our wider community) may not agree wholeheartedly with all that communicator stands for).
- We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son Of God — unique in function but equal in identity to the Father.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father to indwell His people with the power and presence of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the Father, who is eternal, personal, the ultimate sustainer of things living and not living.
- We believe the Father desires to have all people to be in relationship with Him as a child is to a Father.
- We believe that sin separates us from having a direct relationship with the Father.
- We believe that Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin through His death on the cross. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus conquered the power of death, and made a way for us to have a relationship with the Father through Him.
- We believe that the privilege of being in right relationship with the Father, through Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is to live forever in the Kingdom of God.
- We believe that worship is a way of life, marked by the values that God has communicated through his written Word. Worship can be fueled by music – but it does not exist in the music itself.
What you agree to in signing up.
Your are joining the worldâ€™s most powerful, encouraging worship and arts development network existingÂ today. We are all the better for your participation. We simply ask, that as you join in, you care for theÂ following values in your interactions on this site.
The WorshipTraining Campus exists to serve the international, interdenominational 21st century ChristianÂ community as a Worship and Arts Training, Resourcing and Development network. We areÂ a focusedÂ training network, so we ask that all groups, conversations and social sharing focus on serving the 21stÂ centuryÂ faithÂ community according to the following values.
The guiding values we ask every member to adhere to upon starting an account.
Caring for our community.
As we care for this Learning Community, the AdministratorsÂ ofÂ WorshipTraining.com reserve the right toÂ remove any Groups or Individuals who interact outÂ ofÂ accord with the above values. Enjoy the new spiritualâ€¨friendship, and worship encouragement, that is here for you.
WorshipTraining.comÂ exists to theologically, creatively and spiritually deepen the worship lifeÂ ofÂ the local church community. We resource the worship leader and creative artist, as well as those who direct and participate in the gathered worship experience, primarily through roundtable, accessible online educational forums. Everything we do, online and live, starts withÂ a free account.
How We Fulfill Our Purpose
WorshipTraining.com is an innovative, long-term initiative aimed at developing human beings to live â€śfully aliveâ€ť before God in all spheresÂ ofÂ their existence. We focus on contemporary worship leaders and artists, engaging them to think well about their creative vocation, as well as worship past, present and future â€“ all online and across the globe. Using Webinars (live online seminars), digital media and online social networks, we bring worship learning into the home, and into the church,Â ofÂ every worship leader or worshiper with whom we share the journeyÂ ofÂ learning.
Drawing on the strengthsÂ ofÂ artists, theologians, authors, cultural communicators and church leaders, WorshipTraining.com is building a familyÂ ofÂ thoughtful, passionate, devoted and creative leaders committed to influencing both the Church and cultureÂ ofÂ generations to come.
WorshipTraining is a resource website under PraiseCharts, our parent company. With PraiseCharts powerful music resourcing platform, and the new WorshipVueâ€™s powerful visual resourcing platform, WorshipTraining is designed to an educations resourcing platform strengthening the 21st century church with the worldâ€™s best worship training materials.
About Our Learning Director
Dan Wilt, M.Min.
For 20+ years as a pastor, worship leader, recording artist (Vineyard Music, All You Are), author (Perspectives On Worship: Five Views with Dan Kimball and others), media developer (DVD Host of What Is Worship?), lyricist, and international conference keynote speaker, Dan Wilt has been equipping the church for faithfulness through his creative work. He is the Learning Community Director of WorshipTraining.com (an online training curriculum for local churches), the Director of The Worship And Arts Institute, an adjunct professor with St. Stephen’s University (SSU), and is a sought after communicator in universities and conferences.
After years of pastoring and worship leading, Dan received his Master Of Ministry Degree (M.Min.) in Classic Christian Spirituality and Formation. He then developed a Worship Studies One Year Diploma Program, Intensives and a Master of Ministry Worship Studies Degree program with SSU in New Brunswick, Canada. From here, Dan created The Essentials Courses â€“ 100% online, university-level studies in worship. To reach into the heart of local churches around the globe, he then founded WorshipTraining.com – a 24/7, entirely online training resource.
Dan draws on his extensive experience serving as the Worship Resource Developer for Vineyard Music Global, Worship Development Coordinator for the Association Of Vineyard Churches Canada, writer for Vertical Music, Creative Editor of InsideWorship Magazine, and as a conference speaker/worship leader at conferences and other interdenominational events for over 20 years. His ancient-future, postmodern-aware, innovative and formation-based approach is unique in today’s worship development world.
Dan has also served for over two decades as a local church worship pastor, senior pastor and training pastor, and has recorded eight CDs as a songwriter with Vineyard Music and others. The creation of The Institute in partnership with St. Stephen’s University was a finalist for the Bridgeway Foundation Innovation Awards, recognizing powerful educational programs equipping creative leaders in a postmodern world. Dan is a regular host and “worship storyteller” on the new Keep The Faith radio show, airing to over 500,000 listeners weekly across North America.
To date, Dan has trained literally thousands of worship leaders, musicians, worshipers and spiritual leaders in live and online events. With a Learning Community of over 6000 worldwide (and growing), hundreds of churches involved at WorshipTraining.com, Dan and his team are developing worship leaders who effectively serve in their local church and community with creative vision and a 21st century skill set.
Our Core Values
The WorshipTraining.com Learning CommunityÂ is very intentional, and relentlessly purposeful, about providing accessible online worship and creative training to churches around the world. The following are pivotal statements about who we are, and why we exist.
If this sounds like a world youâ€™d like to be a partÂ of, then join thousandsÂ ofÂ us, from over 50 countries and denominations, withÂ a free account.