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 Christian 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 founding Learning Director is Dan Wilt, M.Min., whose bio information is offered below.
We are committed to building…
in its understanding and expressions of gathered worship.
WorshipTraining plays host to a wide variety of worship traditions denominationally, historically, theologically and in practice. For that reason, our focus is not on primarily on perpetuating a theological statement, or defining our work in light of distinctives that 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 followers of Jesus. Because of this diversity, we are enriched, and are absolutely sure that differing viewpoints will rear their heads 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 space of dialogue on matters of worship on which most of our members would find common ground.
The media we host is, again, diverse. The content of various teachers we host is meant to be diverse, and we choose content based on that premise. In other words, the content we host is not necessarily an endorsement of every view that teacher holds. Rather, it is an endorsement of 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:
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.” The WorshipTraining Campus exists to serve the international, interdenominational 21st century Christian community as a Worship and Arts Training, Resourcing and Development network. A wide variety of 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 tradition. Rather, we create a community space of 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 also 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 essentials of faith to serve the 21st century church well.
Essentials about worship that we embrace:
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 all of these teacher’s perspectives 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).
What you agree to in signing up.
Your are joining the world’s most powerful, encouraging worship and arts development network existing today. We are all the better for your participation. We simply ask, that as you join in, you care for the following values in your interactions on this site.
The WorshipTraining Campus exists to serve the international, interdenominational 21st century Christian community as a Worship and Arts Training, Resourcing and Development network. We are a focused training network, so we ask that all groups, conversations and social sharing focus on serving the 21st century faith 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 Administrators of WorshipTraining.com reserve the right to remove any Groups or Individuals who interact out of accord with the above values. Enjoy the new spiritual friendship, and worship encouragement, that is here for you.
WorshipTraining.com exists to theologically, creatively and spiritually deepen the worship life of 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 with a free account.
How We Fulfill Our Purpose
WorshipTraining.com is an innovative, long-term initiative aimed at developing human beings to live “fully alive” before God in all spheres of 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 – 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, of every worship leader or worshiper with whom we share the journey of learning.
Drawing on the strengths of artists, theologians, authors, cultural communicators and church leaders, WorshipTraining.com is building a family of thoughtful, passionate, devoted and creative leaders committed to influencing both the Church and culture of generations to come.
WorshipTraining is a resource website under PraiseCharts, our parent company. Alongside PraiseCharts’ powerful music resourcing platform, WorshipTraining is designed to an educations resourcing platform strengthening the 21st century church with the world’s best worship training materials.
About Our Founding 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 founding Learning Community Director of WorshipTraining.com (an online training curriculum for local churches). He has also served as 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 – 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 Community 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.