Spring Arbor University

Worship Ministry

About the Worship Ministry Program

The goal of the worship ministry major through the Department of Theology is to develop pastors and ministry leaders who serve professionally within the church with skills in preaching, worship leading and discipling a community of believers. Graduates will be prepared to develop a philosophy of ministry and congregational worship. They will also have grounding in biblical studies and a theological framework consistent with Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. Students in the major and minor are expected to model a lifestyle becoming of a minister of Jesus Christ in covenant with the SAU program. Admission to the major/minor commits the student to a yearly renewal of this covenant through recommendations and review of the student’s campus life, academic performance and ministry activity.

Other programs offered through the Department of Theology include:

Why should you choose SAU’s worship ministry program?

The foundation of the theological curriculum in the Department of Theology helps ministry students prepare for ministry inside the church. The specialization, offered through the Worship Arts major, which orients a student toward a philosophy and history of worship leadership, complements the theological curriculum and represents the essentials for preparing a student for leadership in worship ministry.

Students who complete this program will show growing proficiency in building ministry models with specific attention to worship and discipleship. Students will have working competence in preparing messages, devotions, a curriculum consistent with grounded biblical studies and a Wesleyan-Arminian theology. Students will also have an intermediate understanding of the history of classic forms of worship and congregational spiritual development. The student will also exhibit a recognition of emerging modes of worship and ministry in the climate of American culture.

Courses and Requirements

The courses for the 62-hour worship ministry major include such subject areas as biblical texts and interpretation, doctrines of the Christian faith, exploring ministry, communication in ministry, contemporary worship ensemble, music in ministry, foundations of worship, philosophy of worship and music in praise and worship.

View the course requirements, as well as learn more about the worship ministry program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Career Opportunities

While graduates would not be ready to take a lead position in a church, they will be prepared to minister under direct supervision of a pastor and assist in worship leading and discipleship development. This program also provides the necessary grounding for post-graduate studies for pastoral ministries. While a variety of ministry positions would be appropriate for graduates with this degree, the program highlights church work in congregations with an emphasis in worship leading.

The major prepares students seeking to be assistant pastors with an emphasis in music and discipleship in smaller rural, suburban or urban church. A student choosing this major will need a growing proficiency in guitar and piano or vocal talents to complement degree requirements.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

There are a wide range of opportunities for music students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available for worship arts and worship ministry students:

  • Chapel Band – The Chapel Band performs at the beginning of almost every chapel service – leading the students, faculty and staff into a time of worship to the Lord. The Chapel Band encourages students of a variety of musical backgrounds to try out for this exciting and crucial part of each chapel service. For information on joining chapel band, contact Ron Kopicko.
  • Gospel Choir – Organized in 2000, this choir brings together a diverse set of singers and musicians to clap, shout and sing their praises to God. The group performs for area churches and every year, organizes a Gospel Fest, which is an eclectic performance featuring a wide variety of talent.
  • Wellspring – Wellspring consists of two groups: Wellspring Gold and Wellspring Blue. These groups consist of singers and instrumental musicians that travel to camps throughout the summer, performing for the campers, helping with the camp and serving as the worship leaders. The group is highly selective and auditions are required to be a part of Wellspring. For information on auditioning, contact the music department at 517.750.6493.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.