Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry

Program Objectives

Students completing the AA in Worship Ministry will be able to do the following:


Identify the principles of Christian character development.


Know the contents of the books of the Bible and their backgrounds.


Identify and comprehend the fundamentals of Christian doctrine.


Know, interpret and exegete the Word of God as they minister the Word through preaching and teaching.


Demonstrate how they are intercessors, committed to drawing close to the Lord throughout life and obeying the Holy Spirit in all things.

Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies (30 Hours)

A study of the basic Christian character: humility, selflessness, forgiveness, moral purity, clear conscience, seeking God, sensitivity to God, and living for God.

An in-depth Biblical study of the principles of intercession based on the book Rees Howells, Intercessor. Emphasizes principles of faith, obedience, and possession by the Holy Spirit.

A study of the New Testament books with respect to title, author, date, background, key words, key verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and application.

A study of the Old Testament books with respect to title, author, date, key words and verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and the way each book points to Jesus Christ.

An examination of how the prophetic tradition of Israel developed and how it continues to operate in the New Testament church. This course includes a study of the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

General survey of doctrines of the Bible, Christ, the goodness and greatness of God, Holy Spirit, man, and sin.

A continuation of Basic Theology I with an emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, end-times, demons and angels, and the church.

This course will lead the student in approaching and interpreting the Bible as written with further attention given to techniques and resources to carry out biblical research.

An intense study and practical expression of the working of the fivefold ministry within the church.

The course includes an examination of worship as explained in the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on the study of the Tabernacles of Moses and David, the Temple, the Psalms, and other patterns of worship seen in the Bible.

General Studies (15 Hours)

A review and practice of the academic writing process including grammar rules.

A general study of social interactions and the products of social interactions, such as cultures, socializing, and the major institutions of society with respect to societies throughout the world. Includes practical application of sociological situations in development of critical thinking skills.

This course will introduce the student to the major worldviews of contemporary western society. As they examine the historical backgrounds, they will also compare each worldview against a Biblical worldview.

A study of the history of music and worship, including the chronology of worship from Lucifer to the present, with a specific emphasis on revivals and worship.

Professional Studies (22 Hours)

This course guides the student through a semester long practicum during which he/she observes and then participates on a worship team.

Comprehensive study of theoretical elements of music, including pitch, chords, rhythm, musical analysis, and modulations. Exercises in sight singing and ear training reinforce these studies. Knowledge of the basics of music theory are highly recommended as a foundation for this course.

A continuation of WOR 213 with additional focus on melodic and harmonic dictation, harmony, non-chord tones, and other chords. Exercises in sight singing and ear training reinforce these studies. Pre-requisite: WOR 213.

A course specifically designed to address the spiritual and practical issues of a worship leader, including relationships, communication, technology, copyright laws, sound, and other elements of a worship ministry.

Learning to write and arrange music by using traditional and contemporary methods and styles. Pre-requisite: Musical Theory for Worship 1 and 2.

Focuses on important spiritual and personal issues of leadership including character, communication, prayer, and more.

A study of the different types of Spirit led worship: devotional or priestly worship, prophetic worship, and kingly or apostolic worship, as well as the relationship between worship and prayer and intercession.

The senior student will design and participate in an application of worship principles in order to gain experience with the practical and spiritual responsibility of a worship leader.

Christian Service (4 Hours)

(or one credit per semester enrolled, whichever is shorter)

Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
30 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
22 Credit hours
General Studies
15 Credit hours
Christian Services
4 Credit hours
71 Credit hours