Essentials RED partnership with

We’re announcing an entirely new pricing for our ESSENTIALS ONLINE COURSE, in celebration of our partnership with

It’s a big shift, and I wanted my blog readers to know about it, as the RED module is just about here. If you want to dive in, go to the LEARN MORE, and then when you want to apply, ask us about the discount. Here it is. Starting at $99, Essentials RED. See below…

THE ESSENTIALS COURSE is a unique, 15 week online learning experience. Study the arts of worship theology, history, creativity, spiritual formation and leadership with internationally respected worship leader Dan Wilt, M.Min., with media from N.T. Wright, Robert Webber, Matt Redman, Brian Doerksen and others. LEARN MORE or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

ESSENTIALS RED is a 5 week module that makes up 1/3 of The FULL ESSENTIALS COURSE (Blue, Red and Green). RED is the study of foundational worship values, leadership and spiritual formation.


  • ADD ancient worship ideas to your worship leading tool box.
  • GAIN fresh, timeless approaches to holiday worship expressions, communion and more.
  • SERVE your local church with creative riches inspired by history.

Nov. 3 – Dec. 5, 2008 (5 weeks)
Register by Oct. 25th
Note: Register by Oct. 25th and get a free Dan Wilt and N. T. Wright Reclaiming Worship CD!

Worship Pastors, worship leaders, worship musicians, pastors, artists and worshippers

Approx. 1 hr./day (Approx. 6 hrs. or less per wk.!), for 5 weeks

TUITION (with code)
Non-university credit
Essentials Red (5 week module only): $99 USD
FULL ESSENTIALS SEMINAR (15 weeks, Blue/Red/Green): only $149 USD

For university credit
Essentials Red (5 week module for university credit): $249 USD
FULL ESSENTIALS COURSE (15 weeks, Blue/Red/Green for univ. credit): only $599 USD

Click below, fill in the form, and then pay via PayPal. It’s that simple.


In ESSENTIALS RED, Everything has a story – Worship has a powerful one.Consider the influence of just one worship song – Amazing Grace – in reshaping history. Consider how communion, a symbolic action in worship, has shaped lives for 2000 years! Consider how the art and music has led people of all ethnic groups in worship – across centuries. Our worship history has much to teach us for today.

ESSENTIALS RED is a life-changing, online, 5 week module course for contemporary and emerging worship leaders with Dan Wilt, M.Min., studying essential values in worship and the spiritual formation of leaders. Packed with media from N. T. Wright and others via iTunes U, Facebook, Blogs, readings and more, the course only takes 6-8 hours a week, connecting with an international class of peers. RED is the study of worship through the ages, giving tools for today.


“I love Dan’s passion for worship and enthusiasm to train and equip others. He is a gifted communicator and has inspired many worship leaders over the years. Here is a man who is living to make God’s praise glorious.” Tim Hughes (Here I Am To Worship)

“Dan Wilt has a clear vision of what the church needs to recapture and deepen in worship. He is a gifted communicator and leader. I have known Dan for over ten years and I heartily recommend Dan and his Worship Institute to you!” Brian Doerksen (Come, Now Is The Time)

“It should be illegal to be a worship leader without doing this course! I wish I could have had this exposure 20 years ago!” Jamie Appleton (Essentials Blue, WL, Texas, USA)


Essential Worship History: The Language Of Time And Space

How have Christians used the language of time (daily, weekly, yearly and lifetime) to order their worship around Jesus over the millenia? What roles have holidays such as Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter played in the worship life of the Church? How have life journeys and passages such as birth, death, marriage, adolescence and other common human experiences played in the historic worship of the Church? What roles have landscapes, architecture, atmosphere and each age’s cultural experience played in cultivating a living worship expression in each age?

Essential Worship History: The Language Of Prayer And Scripture

From the early Church through to the 21st century, the importance of God’s people praying together, and hearing the Scriptures read aloud have played a vital role in engaging the Church in her mission with God in the world. What creative approaches to these forms of worship could strengthen us today?

Essential Worship History: The Language Of Baptism And The Eucharist

The language of sacraments and symbols may be unusual for many contemporary Christians growing up outside of liturgical churches. What are the real meanings, biblically and historically, behind the worship acts of Baptism and the Eucharist (communion)? In what ways could we reclaim their vitality in our worship expression today?

Essential Worship History: The Language Of Art And Music

The role of the creative leader expressing worship through the media of art and music has been diverse across the history of the Church – from early church symbols, to Michelangelo’s Pieta, to Isaac Watt’s hymns, to Newton’s stunning Amazing Grace. Snapshots of worship history give us insight into how the Church has utilized art to further the missional worship story of every generation.

Week 5
Essential Worship History: Creative Projects

Our final week of the course will involve the creative distilling of our historical learning into a final project that will serve one’s local worshipping community. This is a favorite part of the course for all!

Join us for a season of transformation, either in RED or the FULL ESSENTIALS COURSE.



Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.