MWS1300EN - Worship Ministry Foundations

Course description

This course explores the ministerial and musical roles of a worship leader. Students will define their ministry calling, explore team building basics, discover relational ministry strategies, develop a personal and spiritual health plan, and survey a broad base of pastoral and administrative skills required for success in local church ministry.

How this course benefits students

Career and volunteer worship leaders are usually gifted musicians but many lack leadership and organizational skills required to serve on a church staff. This course provides basic administrative, pastoral, and relational skills necessary for success on a church ministry staff and as the leader of a music and worship ministry.

Why this course is important

Leadership, organizational, pastoral, and relational skills are required for an effective worship leadership career. Many current or prospective worship leaders have focused their personal development upon skills related to music – singing, playing instruments, song writing, etc. This course introduces necessary skills for those in full-time, bi-vocational, or volunteer worship ministry.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Music & Worship Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Course leadership and worship content is based on biblically sound principles related to church leadership, pastoral principles, church mission, and worship.

Missionally driven

Students are encouraged to incorporate concepts learned into the practical work and lifestyle dynamics for their ministry both inside and outside the church.

Contextually informed

Course content and learner outcomes allow and encourage students to express and apply concepts within the appropriate social and spiritual context of their ministry.

Interculturally focused

Concepts introduced and explored are universally applicable to leadership in any cultural setting.

Practically minded

Topics explored and skills developed will support the day to day ministry of worship leaders in the church, in their community, and in their homes.

Experientially transformed

Concepts discovered and explored will be reinforced with practical and experiential assignments and response expectations.