Final Project Guide
RS 150, Telford Work

Your final exam is an 8-10 page analysis of a church service in a particular Christian tradition. In this assignment, you may need to draw on secondary sources beyond the course reading. Analyses will be due Tuesday, April 23. These may be peer reviewed (at my future discretion). Your analysis will count as 30% of your final grade. It will need to interpret the service in its tradition, compare it to others, and evaluate it with the methods developed in the course materials.

Even if you are familiar with the church's liturgical tradition, you should think about recruiting a guide (the pastor? an elder? an old-timer?) who can explain unfamiliar details during or after the service. If you need help during the service, ask a neighbor who seems to know what he or she is doing.

Please include the printed program of the worship service you attend, so I can follow along. If none is available (or if the program is not descriptive enough), outline it yourself. Don't forget details like the name and denomination of the church, which service you attended, and so on.

Questions you should plan on answering include:

Further tips:

Look at:

Look for:

Uh-oh! What if the service is theologically and doctrinally poor?

Don't forget to have your papers peer-reviewed. I want to see a name on your first page telling me who read your draft. Follow the applicable directions in my handout for writing papers. To summarize those, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.