Bachelor of Worship Leadership

For those called to leading God’s people as they seek His presence in worship, the Bachelor of Worship Leadership degree will provide you with foundational training for a variety of music and arts-related ministry opportunities. Our worship degree focuses on cultivating pastoral skills while simultaneously honing your craft, preparing you to lead worship for the local church or synagogue. Worship leadership students will have the unique opportunity to learn alongside the worship leaders at Gateway Church! Currently, the Bachelor of Worship Leadership program is only available at our main campus in Southlake, Texas. However, our Associate of Worship Leadership program is now available online!

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Worship Leadership degree seeks to:

  • Graduate well-rounded, competent musicians and leaders for the local or global church and music marketplace;
  • Produce biblically formed and theologically informed musicians to serve as leaders;
  • Prepare musicians to serve as pastors who have had experience in technology that serves the ever-changing needs of the global church and music marketplace; and
  • Place graduates in appropriate ministry and music industry contexts.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Bachelor of Worship Leadership degree will be able to:

  • Direct effectively a worship service for a modern worship platform from a primary and/or secondary instrument with strong musicianship and performance abilities.
  • Create resources for a modern worship platform using modern technology and contemporary music theory knowledge and techniques.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the scriptural, historical and Christian theological bases of Christian Worship.
  • Apply pastoral training and leadership to minister to a worship team and congregation.
  • Apply knowledge of modern technology and media to the field of worship ministry.
  • Design a healthy worship ministry administration to facilitate the operations and service planning of a worship department.

*BWL acceptance space is limited. This degree is only offered on-ground at our main campus.


AUDITION PROCESS

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

Admission to the University is a requirement prior to acceptance into the Music and Worship Studies (MWS) Department and the BWL program. However, applicants are encouraged to begin the MWS audition process and prepare the required video in conjunction with applying for admission to TKU. Upon acceptance to the University, you will be emailed a link to the online audition submission form.

Audition Requirements

Summer 2019 Video Audition Submission Deadline | May 2, 2019
Fall 2019 Video Audition Submission Deadline | August 8, 2019
Spring 2020 Video Audition Submission Deadline | January 3, 2020

For more information, contact worshipstudies@tku.edu.

Curriculum
Total Hours 129
  • 15
  • 38
  • 5
  • 21
  • 16
  • 21
  • 10
  • 3
  • Christian Foundations 15 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBH 1301 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
    • BIBL 2302 Life of Jesus 3
  • General Education 38 Hours
    • 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
    • History Elective 3
    • Math Elective 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • MUSH 2302 History of Western Church Music 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • BIBM 3302 Leadership Development 3
    • PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3
    • PHIL 3305 Philosophy and Christian Thought 3
  • Experiential Learning 5 Hours
    • MPEW 1104 Worship Ministry Practicum I 1
    • MPEW 1105 Worship Ministry Practicum II 1
    • MPEW 2103 Band Lab 1
    • Two hours from the following: 2
    • MPEW 2103 Band Lab
    • MPEW 2104 Worship Choir
    • MPEW 3101 The King's Worship Ensemble
  • Bible and Theology 21 Hours
    • BIBL 1301 Old Testament Studies 3
    • BIBL 1302 New Testament Studies 3
    • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation 3
    • BIBT 1302 History and Theology of Christian Worship 3
    • BIBT 2301 Christian Doctrine I 3
    • BIBT 2302 Christian Doctrine II 3
    • BIBT 2303 To the Jew First 3
  • Worship Leadership 16 Hours
    • BIBM 1302 Spirit Formed Ministry 3
    • BIBM 3303 Ministry and Administrative Skills 3
    • MEDA 3301 Media Law and Ethics 3
    • MUSW 1301 Worship Leader as Pastor
    • -OR- 3
    • BIBM 2304 Pastoral Ministry
    • MUSW 2303 Worship Leader as Architect 3
    • MUSW 2101 Creative Arts in Worship 1
  • Music and Technology 21 Hours
    • MUST 1301 Music Theory I 3
    • MUST 1302 Music Theory II 3
    • MEDA 1301 AV & Lighting I 3
    • MEDA 1302 AV & Lighting II 3
    • MEDA 3305 Production Methods I 3
    • BIBM 4302 Senior Capstone Project 3
    • BIBM 4303 Senior Internship 3
  • Music Instruction 10 Hours
    • Six hours from the following: 6
    • MGVM 1103 Group Vocal Lessons I
    • MGVM 1104 Group Vocal Lessons II
    • MPVM 1101 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Voice
    • Four hours from the following: 4
    • MGIM 1103 Group Piano Lessons I
    • MGIM 1104 Group Piano Lessons II
    • MGIM 1105 Group Guitar Lessons I
    • MGIM 1106 Group Guitar Lessons II
    • MPIM 1103 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Piano
    • MPIM 1105 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Guitar
    • MPIM 1107 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Drums
    • MPIM 1109 Applied Music Lesson Primary - Bass
  • Electives 3 Hours
    • Open Electives 3