Associate of Worship Arts

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The Associate of Worship Arts degree is intense worship training, designed to equip students with a solid Biblical and theological foundation for servant-leadership and worship-leading within the local church.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for service in part- or full-time worship ministry.

AWA graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Preaching, Youth Ministry, Christian Education, or Christian Ministries with only four or five additional semesters.  Students may take an additional course during the second year to simultaneously pursue the AWA degree and a bachelor’s degree. 

Degree Goals

In addition to the standard degree outcomes, students completing the AWA degree will be able to: 

  1. Recognize multiple methods of using music to lead appropriate and effective worship services.
  2. Describe practical issues addressed by church worship ministers and Biblically informed approaches to those issues.
  3. Participate in organizing a church worship ministry that recruits, trains, and motivates volunteers.
  4. Participate in group musical activities where they learn to work with others to create shared God-honoring musical experiences.

Competency and Policies

  1. AWA students must have technical competency to participate in this program.  This may be demonstrated through personal or video auditions that reveal a student’s proficiency in an instrument, drama, vocals, lighting, sound reinforcement, computers, and/or video production.
  2. AWA students will be involved each semester with a chapel, travel, or local church worship ensemble.
  3. Students receive credit from their satisfactory participation in chapel, church worship, and during their worship arts apprenticeship.

Worship Arts Minor

The Worship Arts program is also available to be added to any Bachelor's degree by completing the following requirements.