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BA in Worship Leadership & Christian Ministries

Bachelor of Arts

This program offers students a double major in Worship Leadership and Christian Ministries. Its purpose is to prepare students with knowledge and skills needed for pastoral and worship leadership roles in the local church.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life learning.

Required Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION - 40 Credits *

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RELIGION - 24 Credits ‡

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CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES MAJOR - 30 Credits

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WORSHIP LEADERSHIP MAJOR - 30 Credits

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Worship Leadership Forum

Worship Leadership is required each semester.

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Applied Studies

Six (6) credits of applied studies are required. This requirement must be completed through MU171 Applied Voice I, MU191 Applied Piano I, Applied Instrument(s), such as guitar, trumpet, clarinet, etc., and must include at least 1 hour of MU135 Worship Keyboard OR MU165 Worship Guitar.

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Ensemble

Four (4) credits of ensemble are required. Two (2) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining two (2) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles (such as MU119 Chamber Singers or MU145 Chamber Ensemble).

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Worship Leadership Electives

One (1) credit of Worship Leadership Electives is required. This requirement can be completed through Worship Leadership Practicum Electives (1 hour each), Conducting Elective (MU211 Fundamentals of Conducting, MU212 Choral Conducting, or MU375 Instrumental Conducting - 2 hours), Additional Internship Hours, or MU207 Songwriting & Arranging.

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Worship Leader Internship

Two (2) credits of Worship Leader Internship are required.

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