Worship Arts Major

Major or Minor

Do you have a passion for music and worship? Do you want to use your gifts to glorify God and minister to others? If so, then a worship arts degree may be the perfect fit for you.

The worship arts program at Bethel University is designed for students from all cultural and denominational backgrounds and will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead worship in church or other Christian settings. Gain a necessary, strong understanding of church administration as you learn about music theory, composition and performance as well as the history and theology of worship. Learn how to integrate your faith into your music and how to use your music as a way to share the love of Christ with others.

Bethel University academics psychology

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student-to-faculty ratio

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of students receive some form of financial assistance

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mentoring opportunities with faculty

Worship Arts Major

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program | Biblical Theology Track – 4 years

Courses include:

  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Poetic Books & Wisdom Literature
  • Biblical Theology
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Spiritual Formation Experience
  • Practical Skills in Worship Leading
  • The History & Practice of Worship: Theology & Music
  • Church Management & Administration
  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear-Training
  • Introduction to Worship Team
  • Worship Technologies & Production
  • Creative Directing for Church Ministries

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program | Worship Technology & Studio Recording Track – 4 years

Courses include:

  • Graphic Studio
  • Introduction to Theatre Design
  • Sound Design
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Spiritual Formation Experience
  • Practical Skills in Worship Leading
  • The History & Practice of Worship: Theology & Music
  • Church Management & Administration
  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear-Training
  • Introduction to Worship Team
  • Worship Technologies & Production
  • Creative Directing for Church Ministries

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program | Worship Leadership Track – 4 years

Courses include:

  • Acting
  • Voice/Instrument/Piano Lessons
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Spiritual Formation Experience
  • Practical Skills in Worship Leading
  • The History and Practice of Worship: Theology and Music
  • Church Management and Administration
  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear-Training
  • Introduction to Worship Team
  • Worship Technologies and Production
  • Creative Directing for Church Ministries

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program | Nashville Contemporary Music Center Track – 4 years

Courses include:

  • Artist Elective
  • Business Elective
  • Technical Elective
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Spiritual Formation Experience
  • Practical Skills in Worship Leading
  • The History & Practice of Worship: Theology & Music
  • Church Management & Administration
  • Music Theory
  • Sight-Singing/Ear-Training
  • Introduction to Worship Team
  • Worship Technologies & Production
  • Creative Directing for Church Ministries

A subsidiary of Bethel University, HCM Records serves the Worship Arts major. The CD project is part of the larger mission of the program, to help prepare men and women for professional leadership in church worship, Christian music and the creative arts. Anchor in the Undertow and Undone have been released under this label.

Worship Leadership Major

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Program – 4 years

A degree in worship leadership can be achieved through the Bethel University Extension Studies program.

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Prepare for an exciting future as a/an:

  • Working musician
  • Studio technician
  • Worship leader/pastor
  • Technical director
  • Production director
  • Creative director

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Worship Pastor
  • Overseas Creative Missionary
  • Tech & Production

You’ll gain career-shaping skills such as:

  • How to integrate your faith into your music
  • How to use your music as a way to share the love of Christ with others
  • Music theory
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Vocational application and growth
  • Mentorship and leadership
  • Biblical knowledge and application
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Worship Arts Major Highlights

The worship arts degree program at Bethel University is designed for students from all cultural and denominational backgrounds and will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead worship in church or other Christian settings. Gain a strong understanding of church administration as you learn about music theory, composition, and performance as well as the history and theology of worship. Learn how to integrate your faith into your music and how to use your music as a way to share the love of Christ with others.

Also Consider These Areas of Study

As you’re pursuing a degree in worship arts, you may explore pairing it with one of the following degrees:

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