Undergraduate Program

BA Church Ministry - Worship Emphasis

Program Objectives

In addition to the Comprehensive Objectives, students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry (Worship Emphasis) will be able to do the following:


Articulate a biblical philosophy of worship and integrate practical and biblical knowledge of using music in worship.


Accurately read, write, and perform music demonstrating ability through performance and composition as it applies to a church setting.


Describe the history of music in worship that shows a knowledge of the Word of God, of music and of worship history.


Express a biblical, prophetic and intercessory theology and history of worship.


Effectively utilize the necessary character, leadership skills, and musical proficiency required of a worshiper.

Degree Requirements

Biblical/Theological Studies (42 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.

A collective study of the synoptic gospels including an examination of how they structurally relate to the New Testament as a whole and their interrelation to each other. Pre-requisite: BIB 133.

A review of Paul’s life, travel, and teachings, and a study of his earlier epistles: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. Pre-requisite: BIB 123.

A study of the prison and pastoral epistles of Paul. Pre-requisite: BIB 123.

3 Hours Biblical Studies Elective

General Studies (36 Hours)

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

An expanded study and practice of clear, correct, and effective academic writing with some grammar review.

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of public speaking and practice in presenting various forms of public speaking using those elements

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.

A survey of American culture, politics and government.

From a Christian perspective, this course encompasses political, cultural, literary, and religious influences on the development of civilization from the writings of the ancients to 1500 AD.

Covers the period from 1500 AD to the present, surveying events that shaped the development of modern nations, including those of Africa and Asia.

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 survey course designed to acquaint the student with practical math applications. Topics selected from logic, probability, geometry, function and relations, set theory, and statistics. Emphasis will be on problem solving.

3 hours General Studies Electives

Professional Studies (49 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.

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.

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.

Overview of the philosophies of education and the foundations, patterns, varieties, and crucial roles that create the distinctiveness of true Christian teaching resulting in life-change. Students develop a personal philosophy of Christian education. (Bible course for education majors because of its Biblical nature.)

21 Credits chosen from CHD/INT/MIN courses

Christian Service

6 hours of CSP 111-118

*If one does not demonstrate the basic aptitude in Music Theory prior to beginning courses, an assigned curriculum must be completed.

*Prior to graduation, students must demonstrate proficiency in guitar or piano as well as in singing. This may require the student to take private lessons at his own expense

Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
42 Credit Hours
General Studies
36 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
49 Credit Hours
Christian Services
6 Credit Hours
133 Credit Hours