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Issue 11: July 2020

Expanding Options For Worship Ministry

Worship has been a hot-button topic in the church for centuries. There are so many definitions of worship. Are we just talking about music? Corporate worship? Private worship? A “lifestyle” of worship? And there are even more questions regarding content and style and format (traditional, contemporary, full band, acoustic, permissible songwriters, etc).

When I began my first position as the worship minister of a church, my own daughter asked me, “What are you going to do all week? How long does it take to pick out four songs?” There is much more to leading a congregation in worship than merely picking out a few songs. The worship minister needs to put as much theological and spiritual reflection into the biblical text and their portion of the service as the preacher does.

CCCB is a college “of the Bible” and the Bible is all about God’s story of how he reconciled us to himself, revealed his love and his nature to us, and our appropriate response to him of worship. Worship is described in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. We cannot worship God on our own terms; we must approach him on his terms. We can only determine how we are to worship him by turning to the Scriptures.

As a Bible college that prepares servant-leaders for the church, and as a people who desire to worship God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, it is vital that we train up worship ministers who are not just strong musically or technologically, but most important, theologically and spiritually. To help meet those needs, Central has two degree options for worship ministry training.

The Associate of Worship Arts degree provides a good start for training volunteer worship leaders or worship team members. The Bachelor of Science in Worship Ministry, added in the spring of 2020, is designed for students gifted and called by God to serve the local church through worship ministry, who want to be biblically and theologically grounded in their calling. The program begins by laying a strong foundation of biblical worship theology. We then build upon that foundation by training, equipping, and mentoring students to grow as worship planners and leaders, pastoral ministers, musicians, and A/V technicians. Graduates will be equipped to function as pastoral members of a church staff, valued teachers whose hearts are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who function within a cooperative relationship with the senior pastor to plan and create holistic worship gatherings that are spiritually formative. Most importantly, our graduates are passionate worshipers of Jesus themselves who have the opportunity for graduate-level studies if desired.

Worship ministry students will develop their own biblical theology of worship from the Scriptures, and become familiar with the historical worship practices of the church, from Pentecost to the present day. They will be well-versed in Scripture, skilled in presenting Scripture in the worship gathering, and able to evaluate song lyrics for their scriptural and theological content. Worship ministry graduates will be able to lead God’s people to sing and celebrate with hearts of joy, as well as to mourn and lament in times of sorrow, as they lead their teams of volunteers and their congregations with integrity, skill, and a shepherd’s heart (Psalm 78:72).

If you know someone whose gifts and interests are in the realm of worship, tell me about them through email (SheriTesar@cccb.edu) or phone (660-372-2534).

As a Bible college that prepares servant-leaders for the church, and as a people who desire to worship God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, it is vital that we train up worship ministers who are not just strong musically or technologically, but most important, theologically and spiritually.

Central’s worship program trains students who:

• Are passionate, faithful worshipers of God themselves
• Can articulate a philosophy of worship that is consistent with a biblical theology
• Can execute the principles of biblical discipleship within the context of worship ministry
• Can present the Scriptures accurately with an informed biblical foundation for worship leadership
• Can plan and execute a theologically and scripturally sound corporate worship service plan
• Can demonstrate proficient skills in musicianship, technology, and leadership

Education:
BS in Worship Arts, Dallas Christian College (2011)
MA in Worship Studies, Lincoln Christian Seminary (2014)
Doctorate in Worship Studies (in progress), Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies (est. 2022)

Teaching Experience:
Dallas Christian College
Central Christian College of the Bible

Ministry Experience:
Minister of Worship & Children (Texas)
Worship Minister (Colorado)

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