School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


David M. Hahn


Parables, Songwriting, Worship Leader, Story, Self-Efficacy, Songs


Liturgy and Worship | Music


Psalm 96:1 declares, "O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord all the earth." In essence, of this scripture, there is a need for the worship leader to return to this unique command. The church can be the creator of not only worship songs but also worship songs that are rich in theology. The interest for worship leaders and their staff to write their songs, operating in the role of a musical artist, is becoming more of a sought-after asset to produce a freshness on the worship platforms. Parables are stories used to capture the imagination of one's audience because they assist individuals in a personal application in producing the desired response appropriate for the Kingdom of God. There is a need for songwriters to study the parables' structure because it provides vivid imagery of sequential events that catapult the individual in the process of personal application. This qualitative descriptive study is to examine how elements found in parables can influence evangelism through songwriting. The examination of parables, and how they influence songwriting, will aid in revealing the success of their strong influence through elements of storytelling, personal application, and event sequencing. It will impact current generations with the Gospel of Christ and fulfill Habakkuk 2:14 that states, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."