Associate of Worship Leadership

The Associate of Worship Leadership (AWL) exists to train, equip, and empower students to be effective worship ministry leaders in the local church.

Students in the AWL will learn effective pastoral leadership skills, study the biblical and theological foundations of Christian worship, develop excellent musical skills, and learn how to use relevant technologies to facilitate an encounter with God.

The AWL program was developed in partnership with key worship leaders from Gateway Church to ensure that the skills and competencies taught are relevant and applicable to the worship communities of today’s local churches.

This program is an on-campus program only, online is not an option.



Meet the Director

Dr. Andrew Nicolette

I love all things Music. I am a musician, songwriter, and composer. I am passionate about equipping and empowering our students to serve the local body of Christ using their gifts and talents. I have an amazing and supportive wife, Margaux, and two wonderful children, Hudson and Hadley.

Why The King's
  • Spirit-formed leaders training Spirit-formed leaders. Given that many of our credentialed faculty are actively involved in ministry, their teaching comes from a perspective of applied knowledge.
  • Whole-person formation. For us, it’s not just about what you learn, it’s about who you become. We believe your transformation for ministry should include deepening your walk with Jesus.
  • Culture of worship and prayer. It could be the prayer room, weekly chapel, a classroom, or just a hallway – wherever it occurs, we live a life of prayer and worship.
  • Community of care. Whether you take classes online or on-ground, soul care from faculty, staff, and peers extends from the classroom into your daily life.
  • Growth in difference. When you get into a classroom with different generations, ethnicities, experiences, and faith journeys, you grow both personally and spiritually. You maintain your difference, but you grow in unity.
Audition Process

Applicants must complete an audition for acceptance into the AWL program.

Applicants must complete an audition for acception prior to admission into the Worship Studies (WS) Department programs. The link for audition materials will be sent by the Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.

Audition Submission Deadlines:

  • Summer 2024 Video Audition Submission | April 26, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Video Audition Submission | July 1, 2024

For more information, contact

Program Objectives

The Associate of Worship Leadership has four objectives:

  • PASTORAL: Equip biblically based and Spirit-empowered students in ministry leadership.
  • THEOLOGICAL: Teach Scripture and history as it relates to worship theology.
  • MUSICAL: Provide students with the musical understanding and skillsets needed to serve in the local church.
  • TECHNICAL: Train students in relevant media technologies.
Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the AWL will be able to:

• Demonstrate biblically-based and Spirit-empowered leadership in a worship context.
• Apply sound doctrine and historical context to worship ministry.
• Apply strong musicianship from a primary and secondary instrument to help lead worship in a modern worship context.
• Employ relevant media technologies for use in worship ministry.

*AWL acceptance space is limited.


BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3


UNIV 1101 Student Success Strategies 1
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Science Elective 4
PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3


MPEW 2103 Band Labs 1
One hour from the following: 1
MPEW 2103 Band Labs
MPEW 2104 Worship Choir
MPEW 3101 The King’s Worship Ensemble
BIBM 6305 Executive Ministry 3
MPEW 3103 Platform Worship Band
BIBC 7301 Pastoral Counseling 3


BIBW 1301 The Spirit Formed Worshiper 3
BIBW 2301 Worship Leadership I 3
 BGRK 6302 Greek II 3
MUSH 2301 History of Music and Worship I OR 3
MUSH 2302 History of Music and Worship II
MUSW 2102 Songwriting  1


MUST 1301 Music Theory I 3
MUST 1302 Music Theory II 3
MEDA 1304 AV & Lighting 3


4 hours from the following for primary focus (all in the same instrument) and 4 hours from the following for secondary focus (all same instrument): 8
MGVM 1103 Group Vocal Lessons I
MGVM 1104 Group Vocal Lessons II
MGIM 1103 Group Piano Lessons I
MGIM 1104 Group Piano Lessons II
MGIM 1105 Group Guitar Lessons I
MGIM 1106 Group Guitar Lessons II
MPVM 1111 Applied Music Lesson – Voice I
MPVM 1112 Applied Music Lesson – Voice II
MPVM 2111 Applied Music Lesson – Voice III
MPVM 2112 Applied Music Lesson – Voice IV
MPIM 1121 Applied Music Lesson – Piano I
MPIM 1122 Applied Music Lesson – Piano II
MPIM 2111 Applied Music Lesson – Piano III
MPIM 2112 Applied Music Lesson – Piano IV
MPIM 1113 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar I
MPIM 1114 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar II
MPIM 2113 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar III
MPIM 2114 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar IV
MPIM 1115 Applied Music Lesson – Drums I
MPIM 1116 Applied Music Lesson – Drums II
MPIM 2115 Applied Music Lesson – Drums III
MPIM 2116 Applied Music Lesson – Drums IV
MPIM 1117 Applied Music Lesson – Bass I
MPIM 1118 Applied Music Lesson – Bass II
MPIM 2117 Applied Music Lesson – Bass III
MPIM 2118 Applied Music Lesson – Bass IV


Open Electives 6


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