Bachelor of Arts

Christian Ministry: Worship Arts

Learn the perspectives and skills needed for effective worship arts ministry.

This concentration is a great option for students who want to use their musical gifts to serve the Church, or who want to gain a broader understanding of Christian worship.

Study worship from multiple vantage points: biblical, theological, historical, and technical, all of which come together to form a fuller picture of worship. Develop your leadership and ministry skills through opportunities both in and out of class.

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Serve while studying

Immediately apply what you learn in classes to the worship contexts around you, whether on or off campus. Learn practical skills like team leadership that will prepare you for ministry.

Discover your passions

Versatility is an asset for careers in ministry. Study in several concentrations while specializing in two, getting both a broad understanding of ministry and a deep knowledge of the work you’re called to.

Learn together

Christian Ministry students get to learn from faculty with years of ministry experience. Small class sizes mean opportunities for close contact with professors and discussion with peers from diverse concentrations and denominations.

Kolten Zenner

The worship arts concentration took the music that I was passionate about and the Jesus that I love and put them together. Not only did I learn about how to lead others in worship in a better way, but I learned to worship better.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

This program provides a strong liberal arts foundation, biblical and theological grounding, and the skills necessary for success in ministry settings and the marketplace. This program is specifically designed to equip students for effective service and leadership in professional or lay settings by allowing them to tailor their program to include courses in several concentrations of study:  Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Worship Arts. Additionally, the program provides a firm foundation for further study at the graduate level. This program ultimately seeks the transformation of students for effective ministry to the church and world through quality classroom instruction along with experiential education in a broadly defined academic and ministry training program.

Past graduates entered many types of careers including pastoral and associate pastoral ministry (youth, children, women, family, etc.), lay and ministry-related teaching, missions, camp leadership, church administration, and various other ministry and lay positions.

Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Christian Ministry will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in a breadth of ministry skills.
  • Articulate a culturally sensitive theology of the mission of the church and their place within it.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to teach or preach effectively.

The BA Christian Ministry requires 45 credit hours of Christian Ministry and Christian Ministry-related course work (including 24 credit hours at the 300+ level). There are two layers of requirements in this program. First, students must complete the 18 credit hour ministry core requirements. Second, students must choose both a primary (18 credit hours) and secondary concentration (9 credit hours) from two of the following options: Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Media Arts, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, Sport Studies, and Worship Arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Christian Ministry requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Credit Hours: 120

I. Ministry Core Requirements (18 credit hours)

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
PAST 438 Practical Theology
One of:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics

II. Ministry Concentration Requirements:

Primary Concentration in Worship Arts: 18 credit hours including at least 12 credit hours from 300+ level.

Required Courses:
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
WA 420 Worship Leadership

Electives to be selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
COMM 120 Video Production I
COMM 121 Video Production II
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
Ensemble (2) + Private Lessons (1)
FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I
MUS 115 Musicianship I
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
MUS 310 Song Writing
MUS 323 Conducting I
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music
MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MUS 424 Conducting III
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams

Secondary Concentration: 9 credit hours including at least 3 credit hours from 300+ level from one of the other ministry options.

Note: For students pursuing a minor, courses from either their Core or from free electives may be used, but not courses from ministry concentrations

III. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.

Faculty

Blayne Banting
Blayne Banting DMin, PhD
Associate Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry
Ken  Moser
Ken  Moser MA
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
Michael Pawelke
Michael Pawelke DMin
Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
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Your Future

 
Possible Careers
  • Camp leadership
  • Chaplain
  • Pastor
  • Worship artist
  • Worship pastor

Career Centre

Potential Graduate Programs
  • Master of Youth Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
  • Master of Music Performance
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Christian Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
  • Master of Divinity at Briercrest Seminary

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I have been incredibly blessed to be a part of a community that not only dared me to 'think brave thoughts' but also dared me to be a more authentic follower of Christ.
Russell Price