SCHOOL OF WORSHIP MINISTRY

The Worship Ministry program includes both instrumental and vocal training. 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.

Certificate in Worship Ministry

Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

Certificate in Worship Ministry

Program Overview

The Worship Ministry program includes both instrumental and vocal training. Worship Ministry students must also pay a Worship Practicum fee for each Applied Instrumental Techniques course that they take. For the 2018-19 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.

All students, both On-Campus and Distance Education, who intend to enroll in the School of Worship Ministry must audition with the program director either in-person or digitally.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.
Scroll down to read more about the Certificate in Worship Ministry program. Full details can be found in the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Certificate in Worship Ministry

2018-2019 Degree Completion Plan
(30 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Two Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
General Studies Nonelective

All Students Must Take ENG 111

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
General Studies Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
LEA 201 Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Ministry Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 3
WSH 123 Music Theory II 3
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a) 0.5
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b) 0.5
WSH 230 Worship Essentials 3
WSH 270 Songwriting 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry

Program Overview

The Worship Ministry program includes both instrumental and vocal training. Worship Ministry students must also pay a Worship Practicum fee for each Applied Instrumental Techniques course that they take. For the 2018-19 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.

All students, both On-Campus and Distance Education, who intend to enroll in the School of Worship Ministry must audition with the program director either in-person or digitally.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 2 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.
Scroll down to read more about the Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry program. Full details can be found in the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Associate of Arts in Worship Ministry

2018-2019 Degree Completion Plan
(60 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Four Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
General Studies Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 3
WSH 123 Music Theory II 3
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a) 0.5
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b) 0.5
WSH 230 Worship Essentials 3
WSH 240 Infuse Leadership I 1
WSH 241 Infuse Leadership II 1
WSH 250 Weekend Experience 2(a) 0.5
WSH 251 Weekend Experience 2(b) 0.5
WSH 270 Songwriting 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

Program Overview

The Worship Ministry program includes both instrumental and vocal training. Worship Ministry students must also pay a Worship Practicum fee for each Applied Instrumental Techniques course that they take. For the 2018-19 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.

All students, both On-Campus and Distance Education, who intend to enroll in the School of Worship Ministry must audition with the program director either in-person or digitally.

The B.A.Div. degree can be completed entirely online within 4 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.
Scroll down to read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry program. Full details can be found in the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry

2018-2019 Degree Completion Plan
(120 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 211 Introduction to Life Coaching 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
WSH 490 Worship Internship 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Program Nonelectives

B.A.W.M. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
WSH 110 Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 111 Applied Instrumental Techniques II 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 3
WSH 123 Music Theory II 3
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a) 0.5
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b) 0.5
WSH 230 Worship Essentials 3
WSH 240 Infuse Leadership I 1
WSH 241 Infuse Leadership II 1
WSH 250 Weekend Experience 2(a) 0.5
WSH 260 Weekend Experience 2(b) 0.5
WSH 270 Songwriting 3
WSH 340 Infuse Leadership III 1.0
WSH 341 Infuse Leadership IV 1.0
WSH 350 Weekend Experience 3(a) 0.5
WSH 360 Weekend Experience 3(b) 0.5
WSH 410 Applied Instrumental Techniques III 1
WSH 411 Applied Instrumental Techniques IV 1
WSH 450 Weekend Experience 4(a) 0.5
WSH 460 Weekend Experience 4(b) 0.5
Total Credit Hours: 45
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