Growing in Worship
reflecting the glory of God
When the body of Christ joins together in song, it joins many generations of saints who have gone before, and it also models the beautiful unity and diversity of the Lord’s church. Historically, music has been understood to have powerful effects upon the emotions and intellect. We instinctively understand this power; imagine a wedding, funeral, or even a movie completely void of music. And then imagine a funeral with wedding music, or a wedding with funeral music; we also possess an innate recognition of what is appropriate for various occasions.
There have been many significant conversations over the centuries about music’s role in corporate worship. We worship a beautiful and glorious Savior, and the church bears great responsibility to ensure that all elements of worship—including music—reflect such beauty and glory.
Music shapes and captivates us, so we must ask ourselves how music in corporate worship molds our understanding of God. Does this music point to Christ? Does this music cause God’s people to long for eternal glory? Music in corporate worship should glorify God and edify the church, and RCWM seeks to train men and women in this endeavor.
RCWM exists for seminarians, musicians, music directors, church leaders, and congregants who wish to grow in their understanding of music’s role within corporate worship. Those actively involved in church leadership may audit individual courses free of charge. Through Redeemer Seminary, RCWM will eventually offer a Certificate in Worship and Music, as well as a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in worship and music.
RCWM's Mission
RCWM Staff
“The church’s music is a powerful witness to the watching world about how we view and worship our Savior.
Seminaries must train students in the area of music with the same care and diligence as with theology.”
Dr. Hannah Clarke
Director, RCWM
Core Values
the foundation of education at RCWM
Worship
Praise and adoration of the Creator will extend throughout eternity, as the heavens echo perpetual ‘Hallelujahs.’ God created humanity to worship him both now and for forevermore, and authentic worship constantly praises the character and glory of God.
Scripture
The Scriptures are the infallible, holy, and inspired Word of God. The unified tapestry of Scripture culminates in Christ’s death and resurrection, as a sacrifice for the sins of his people.
Wisdom
The church should never limit itself to one style or genre of music, as it seeks to worship the Lord in reverence and with beauty.
Beauty & Excellence
God is beautiful.
Authentic worship compels humanity to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, as our Creator is the very fulfillment of ultimate beauty.
Reformed Tradition
In accordance with the Core Values of Redeemer Seminary, RCWM operates under the Reformed confessions that summarize and explain the coherency, inerrancy, and infallibility of Scripture.
Cross-Cultural
RCWM does not teach one particular style or genre of music, while acknowledging that the truth and relevance of God’s Word never changes from one civilization or generation to the next.
Ministry
In accordance with the Core Values of Redeemer Seminary, RCWM operates under the Reformed confessions that summarize and explain the coherency, inerrancy, and infallibility of Scripture.
Unity
RCWM does not teach one particular style or genre of music, while acknowledging that the truth and relevance of God’s Word never changes from one civilization or generation to the next.