Master of Arts in Worship Ministries

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve the local church in the area of worship leadership. Foundational courses offering a broad theological understanding are complemented by in-depth studies in the field of worship. Three tracks are available (Music, Guided Ministry Practicum, Elective), all of which are geared toward those whose primary vocational calling is to lead and facilitate the musical worship in the local church or related ministry. The Guided Ministry Practicum Track is designed for those who prefer to gain training through a mentoring process.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret and teach biblical and theological truths that promote healthy corporate worship in a local church or ministry.

  2. Students will demonstrate foundational understanding of worship leadership philosophy, principles, and ministry models in the local church and its ministries.

  3. A. Students will be equipped to create and lead a comprehensive worship ministry for a church or ministry.

    B. Students will demonstrate competency in one of several specialized contexts of worship ministry (preaching, worship education, music, or missions/church planting)

  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the effective use of technology in worship ministry.

  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of the effective use of congregational song in corporate worship.

  6. Students will demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Michael Sharp (Program Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (18 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (3 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (3 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation

1

Worship Leadership Competency (3 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Elective Component (3 hours)

Free Elective (3 hours)

Worship Ministries Competency Component (21 hours)

Common Worship Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Theology of Worship 

3

History of Worship 

3

Technologies for Worship Ministries 

3

Congregational Song in Corporate Worship 

3

Students will choose one Track from the following:

Music Track (9 hours)

course

hours

Music in Theory and Practice
OR
Music Theory for Worship Leaders

3

Planning and Leading Worship 

3

Worship and Music Ministry Administration 

3

Guided Ministry Practicum Track (9 hours)

course

hours

Practicum 1: The Worship Leader 

3

Practicum 2: Planning for Corporate Worship 

3

Practicum 3: Worship Teaching and Discipleship

3

Elective Track (9 hours)
The student may choose courses from the following

course

hours

Educational Principles of Church Music Ministry 

3

Contemporary Hymnology 

3

Global Worship Perspectives 

3

Worship and Discipleship 

3

Planning and Leading Worship 

3

Music Theory for Worship Leaders 

3

Worship and Music Administration 

3

Church Music Elective 

3

Total Required: 42 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries requires the following:

  • Applicants must fulfill all the normal admission requirements for NOBTS, including the admission form, transcript, church endorsement, statement of call, medical clearance, TOEFL for international students, etc.

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, or the educational equivalent.

Academic Requirements

The 42-hour course requirement of the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries degree is intended to introduce students to Christian worship in its biblical, historical, and theological dimensions. This two-year program of study offers a curriculum of basic ministry courses combined with specialized worship offerings. The Common Worship Core blends academic study with practical ministry courses to prepare students for worship in the 21st century. Three optional Tracks (Music, Guided Ministry Practicum, and Elective) complete the curricular offerings.

Music Track

Proficiency Examination
Each MAWM student on the music track must pass the Applied Music Proficiency Examination consisting of voice and either keyboard or guitar. Requirements may be obtained in the Church Music Ministries Division Office. This requirement may be waived for students who have earned a baccalaureate music degree from a fully-accredited institution of higher education.

Local Church Ministry Involvement
It is expected that the MAWM Guided Ministry Practicum Track student will be involved in some capacity of leadership in the worship ministry of a local church during each of the semesters he/she is enrolled. The position may be volunteer or paid and can be any position designated by the church as a worship ministry role.

PhD or DMin Eligibility

Students who complete all the degree requirements of the MA in Worship Ministries need to have the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree in order to be eligible to apply to the PhD, DMA, or DMin program at NOBTS.