School of Worship Ministry

The Worship Ministry program includes both instrumental and vocal training. The Worship Ministry Program offers a 21-credit-hour minor, a 30-credit-hour (one-year) Certificate in Worship Ministry, a 60-credit-hour (two-year) Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry, and a 120-credit-hour (four-year) Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry. Also, transfer students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree from an approved college or university may apply to the Bachelor of Arts Transfer Program, a focused core program consisting of approximately 60 credit hours. Worship Ministry students are required to participate in local-church worship-team practices and church services at designated times each week of the semester. Distance Education and Online students will complete this worship-team requirement at a local church within each of their own communities.

Worship Ministry students must also pay a Worship Practicum fee for each Applied Instrumental Techniques course that they take. For the 2017-18 year, this fee is $300 per Applied Instrumental Techniques course (12-15 vocal or instrumental lessons per course). For each A.I.T. course, students may specialize in one area or complete a combination of two. It is strongly recommended that students take only one Applied Instrumental Techniques course per semester.

Program Objectives

This program will do the following:

  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical worship ministry experience;
  • Equip the student to integrate Christian principles into critical thinking and decision-making in one’s personal and/or professional life;
  • Give the student a working knowledge of Biblical concepts of worship ministry to meet the needs of diverse audiences/targeted age groups and organizational settings;
  • Equip the student to integrate a Biblical worldview into the practice of worship ministry and leadership;
  • Give the student an understanding of music theory and application within a worship ministry context;
  • Equip the student with an understanding of historical and Biblical models of worship ministry with their implications for the contemporary context.

Note: ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5 page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.

YEAR 1 – Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry (Same as Certificate and Year 1 of Associates)

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 1):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum 1(a): This class is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
CLG 101 Destiny and Calling: This course explores God’s calling on the life of the individual. Topics considered are spiritual gifts, talents, personality, and passions, with the aim of discovering God’s destiny for each student. 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I: This course aids the student in leadership development. Students will explore foundational practices and principles to help them influence others within the workplace, church ministry, and interpersonal relationships. 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology: This course examines the vocabulary and language of theology to include a basic introduction to doctrines such as the authority of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Holy Trinity, the doctrine of Man, the nature of Scripture, the essence of God, and the principles by which God relates to man. 3
WSH 122 Music Theory 1: In this course, the student will study music as it pertains to contemporary worship. We will tie the classical approach of music theory in with the contemporary chord chart system and the student will gain a working knowledge of both.  We will approach the material in a way in which will enable those with minimal prior musical training to grasp the concepts being taught.  We will also begin to apply the material being taught to worship leading, composition, and to the instrumental (piano, voice, guitar) study of the student. The ultimate goal of the class is to enhance the student’s overall understanding of music. 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I: This course provides private musical instruction on a principal instrument for Worship students. Admission is by audition only. 1
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a): This is the first ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 2):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum 1(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 1(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II: This course aids the student in self-leadership. This course is a stand-alone course that does not require Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I as a prerequisite. Students will interact with various types of mentors in one-on-one and small group settings as well as read and discuss books for the purpose of developing the necessary personal values, qualities, and life skills to effectively lead themselves and thus have the ability lead others. 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication: A study of communicating with others is a basis for good communication in ministry. This is a basic English class that provides a review of grammar and the mechanics of language. 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology: This course is a study of the basic principles of cultural anthropology and its missionary and theological implications. It provides a basis for the understanding of other peoples and their cultures to be able to live and work effectively among them. 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams: This course will focus on leadership, specifically of teams – both paid and unpaid – within the local church. A heavy emphasis will be made on understanding oneself and understanding the common necessity of Spirit-lead leadership within the local church. 3
WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II: This course provides private musical instruction on a principal instrument for Worship students. Admission is by audition only. 1
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b): This is the second ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

TOTAL: 30 Credit Hours

YEAR 2 – Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry (Same as Year 2 of Associates)

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 3):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum 2(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 1(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey: This course is an introduction and overview of the Old Testament as a literary unit and examines its nature, contents, and historical context. 3
PHL 102 World Religions: Religions and cults with their roots in the line or doctrine of Judeo-Christianity are reviewed in this course. Studies of heresies in the early church, such as Gnosticism, are applied in the context of modern cults. 3
ENG 102 Writing & Research: This course provides an overview of research methods used in paper writing with the purpose of self-discovery, publishing papers, debate, and the advancement of the student’s ability to communicate effectively using this medium. 3
WSH 230 Worship Essentials: The goal of this course is to equip the student with the knowledge and skill-sets required to hold a position in Worship Leadership. Throughout the course, the student will build practical knowledge, as well as expand the individual’s Worship Philosophy. The student will be introduced to the technology and programs used in modern worship. At the end of the class, the student should have a working knowledge of how to use Planning Center Online to its full capacity, have a basic understanding of Live Sound Engineering as well as Ableton Live, and be capable of planning their own worship sets and build their own chord charts. 3
WSH 240 Infuse Leadership I: Infuse is the intentional musical development process for the worship team at Manna Church. This course prepares potential worship team members for the stage. As Worship students and Worship Department Interns, Infuse Leadership exists to give Worship students valuable experience leading a band, and developing musicians. They will be evaluated weekly based off of their leadership, as the ultimate goal is to empower Worship students to lead people. 1
WSH 250 Weekend Experience 2(a): This is the third ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 4):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum 2(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 2(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 103 New Testament Survey: This course is a study of the books of the New Testament with an emphasis on the major doctrines. The cultural and historical context as well as the literary genre and Theological contributions of each book are examined in depth. 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God: This course is a study of the teachings of Jesus on the essence and form of the Kingdom of God. 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History: This course gives an overview of the social, political, economic, religious, and technological advances that played a role in shaping music and worship, including the history of music starting with the early civilizations. The student also explores the philosophical and popular undercurrents of our culture concerning music that form contemporary models. 3
WSH 270 Songwriting: This course emphasizes the fundamental skills and best practices for songwriting in a worship context. It includes both the musical and lyric components of songwriting. 3
WSH 241 Infuse Leadership II: This course is a continuation of Infuse Leadership I. Infuse is the intentional musical development process for the worship team at Manna Church. This course prepares potential worship team members for the stage. As Worship students and Worship Department Interns, Infuse Leadership exists to give Worship students valuable experience leading a band, and developing musicians. They will be evaluated weekly based off of their leadership, as the ultimate goal is to empower Worship students to lead people. 1
WSH 260 Weekend Experience 2(b): This is the fourth ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

TOTAL: 60 Credit Hours

YEAR 3 – Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 5):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 347 Leadership Practicum 3(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 2(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 104 Hermeneutics: Basic rules and methods of the art and science of Biblical interpretation are studied in this course, as well as an overview of the history and methods of hermeneutics. 3
HIST 101 Church History I: This overview of western civilization and culture begins with the inception of Christianity. Ancient and medieval history, society, theology, and philosophy are examined as well as major developments, trends and heresies. Key historical figures are studied with special attention given to the role of the Spirit of God and the church. 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership: This course is an overview and the application of servant leadership. In this course, the student will learn the underlying Theological, psychological, and sociological principles and assumptions of servant leadership. The student will learn to apply the construct of servant leadership in practical situations. Exploration of these concepts will occur in theoretical as well as practical manners to assist the student in discovery and application. 3
WSH 123 Music Theory II: This course is a continuation of the concepts covered in Music Theory 1. Once the students have grasped the fundamentals, they are ready to move into more advanced material. In Music Theory II, the students will focus on concepts such as transposing, chord progressions, composing and so forth. Completion of Music Theory I is required for enrollment in this course. 3
WSH 340 Infuse Leadership III: This course is a continuation of Infuse Leadership I and II. Infuse is the intentional musical development process for the worship team at Manna Church. This course prepares potential worship team members for the stage. As Worship students and Worship Department Interns, Infuse Leadership exists to give Worship students valuable experience leading a band, and developing musicians. They will be evaluated weekly based off of their leadership, as the ultimate goal is to empower Worship students to lead people. 1
WSH 350 Weekend Experience 3(a): This is the fifth ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 6):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 348 Leadership Practicum 3(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 3(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
BIB 303 Book of Romans: This is an in-depth study of this particular theological masterpiece. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of Pauline theology. 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership: This class will introduce the student to leadership theory and practice. The course will include studying various leadership theories and approaches to assist the student to identify their own leadership strengths and weaknesses. In addition, this course will explore leadership ethics and learning organizations to prepare the student for diverse leadership roles. 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership: This examination of leadership and the Scriptures focuses on leadership style rather than church order. It seeks to recover from Paul’s critical responses, his generic ethos of church leadership, including the ideal qualities, characteristics and task of leaders and the nature of appropriate interaction and engagement with followers. 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics: This course is college-level math with emphasis on math concepts as well as the practical application of these concepts. 3
WSH 341 Infuse Leadership IV: This course is a continuation of Infuse Leadership I, II, and III. Infuse is the intentional musical development process for the worship team at Manna Church. This course prepares potential worship team members for the stage. As Worship students and Worship Department Interns, Infuse Leadership exists to give Worship students valuable experience leading a band, and developing musicians. They will be evaluated weekly based off of their leadership, as the ultimate goal is to empower Worship students to lead people. 1
WSH 360 Weekend Experience 3(b): This is the sixth ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

 

 

TOTAL: 90 Credit Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 4 – Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

 

FALL SEMESTER (Semester 7):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 447 Leadership Practicum 4(a): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 3(b). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
HIST 201 Church History II: This overview of western civilization and culture begins with the Reformation and the Renaissance. Modern history, society, philosophy, and theology are examined. The course also examines major developments, trends, and heresies. Key historical figures are studied, with special attention given to the role of the Spirit of God and the church. 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I: This course covers the doctrine of the authority of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Holy Trinity, the doctrine of Man, the nature of Scripture, the essence of God, and the principles by which God relates to man. 3
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story: This course examines the development and use of oral strategies, particularly the use of Bible Storying in training people who cannot, will not, or do not communicate through written means, to evangelize, disciple, and plant churches. The student will be involved in a discovery process involving learning to effectively teach those who prefer to communicate orally in ways that they will understand, respond to, and be able to reproduce. The purpose of this course is to explore from a Biblical perspective effective methods of gospel presentation and leadership development among diverse learning groups. 3
WSH 400 Worship Internship: The Worship Internship course is designed to provide practical experience in the field. Students are expected to find a Worship Leading opportunity in which they can serve and explore the various aspects of leading a team and organizing services. Each student will also engage in a mentoring relationship with the person overseeing the internship. 3
WSH 410 Applied Instrumental Techniques III: This course provides private musical instruction on a principal instrument for Worship students. Admission is by audition only. 1
WSH 450 Weekend Experience 4(a): This is the seventh ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER (Semester 8):

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
CLG 448 Leadership Practicum 4(b): This class is a continuation of Leadership Practicum 4(a). It is designed to challenge leaders with opportunities to lead and serve in real life ministry contexts. Students are provided a foundation for lifelong kingdom influence in any context. Students work closely with leaders and mentors to be challenged to grow in character and skill. 1.5
THE 202 Systematic Theology II: This course presents the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the application of salvation, eschatology, the inherent nature of man and his need for a savior, and some of the essential practices of the Church. 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar: This is a capstone course for seniors that is designed to help students think reflectively and critically on their learning experiences in college. Utilizing research, writing, and special projects, students will integrate their learning experiences with their life goals and with the school’s mission and demonstrate that they have met key institutional objectives for life and ministry. 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation: This course will focus on collaborative leadership, which will include studying collaboration, collaborative teams, and the challenges and potentials of teams. In addition, the student will learn when collaborative teams would be beneficial, and determine how to become a collaborative leader. 3
LEA 201

(Ethics)

 

 

 

 or

 

 

 

CLG 410

(Homiletics)

Ethics: The course will concentrate on the foundational sources in biblical ethics and examine the moral significance of major biblical events and themes. It will show how these foundational sources and themes guide ethical understanding concretely by examining the law, its relevance today, and one or more pressing issues of the day (e.g. ecology, immigration, poverty, among others).

 

 

Homiletics: This course gives basic instruction in the preparation of teachings and sermons. Techniques for developing a powerful pulpit ministry are presented and applied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

(choose 1 course)

WSH 411 Applied Instrumental Techniques IV: This course provides private musical instruction on a principal instrument for Worship students. Admission is by audition only. 1
WSH 460 Weekend Experience 4(b): This is the eighth ensemble course for all of our Worship certificate and degree programs. The official meeting time for this course is Thursday nights from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at GCD’s main campus and Sunday mornings at assigned times and locations. 0.5

 

 

TOTAL: 120 Credit Hours

 

 

 

Pre-approved Worship-Ministry Course Substitutions

(for transfer students and those who change majors)

 

Course # Course Name Credit Hours Course Sub # Course Sub Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3 BIB 201 Writings of John 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3 LEA 201 or CLG 410 Ethics or

Homiletics

3
   
CLG 145 & CLG 146 Leadership Practicum 1(a) and 1(b) 1.5 for each course ENG 110 College Writing 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self Leadership II 3 CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 247 & CLG 248 Leadership Practicum 2(a) and 2(b) 1.5 for each course LEA 201 Ethics 3
           
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3 HST 101 Church History I 3
CLG 347 & CLG 348 Leadership Practicum 3(a) and 3(b) 1.5 for each course CNS 220 or LEA 220 Psychology of a Leader

or Mentoring and Coaching

3
CLG 447 & CLG 448 Leadership Practicum 4(a) and 4(b) 1.5 for each course CNS 220 or LEA 220 Psychology of a Leader

or Mentoring and Coaching

3