Worship Ministries M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To be worship leaders and church staff members for ministry in local churches, especially for students with interest and training in church music.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Gregory A. Woodward (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Michael Sharp (Track Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (60 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (17 hours)

course

hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Old Testament Exegesis (English)

3

New Testament Exegesis (English)

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion
OR
Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)
OR
Church Revitalization (M

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Interpersonal Skills Competency (2 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Worship Leadership Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible

3

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

Electives Component (2-3 hours)

Free Elective (2-3 hours)

Total Required: 83-84 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.