School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


James DeWitt Siddons


Worship, Leadership, Exodus 15, Judges 5, Rabbinical veil, Prophets, Moses, Bible translation, Name of God, Miriam, Deborah, Barak, multicultural leadership, worship leadership, worship leader, women's leadership, biblical leadership, women leaders in the Bible


Leadership Studies | Liturgy and Worship


Although many excellent books, commentaries, and journal articles have been written on worship leadership, no framework for worship leadership has been developed based upon Exodus 15:1-21 or Judges 5. The purpose of previous research has not been to discover principles of leadership, praise, and worship, or composition of music for use in ministry nor to develop a consensus about the roles played by the males and females in these texts. To develop a proposal for filling this lacuna, the present thesis will study Exodus 15:1-21 and (comparatively) Judges 5. This qualitative study will employ the exegetical methods of socio-rhetorical analysis to explore both passages. Vernon Robbins’ text on socio-rhetorical interpretation will be used to guide the study. The researcher has designed this study with the goal of bringing forth patterns, practices, precedence, and procedures that may be relevant to the understanding of practices of organizational leadership in general, as well as ministry and worship leadership specifically. Taking the viewpoint that the church is an organization, the research is expected to aid pastors, leaders, worship practitioners, ministry practitioners at all levels, educators, and organizational leaders broadly. “An organization is a collection of people who collectively work towards a common purpose. Generally, organizations possess some form of hierarchy and division of labor–that is, it has some form of structure.” This definition of organizations suggests its application is appropriate in the case of the ancient tribes of Israel and churches and other entities that exist today. Moses, Miriam, Deborah, and Barak created songs within the context of leading a multicultural organization through crisis.