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.

The Bachelor of Worship Leadership program is now available online! Students can remain serving in their local church and earn credit for their ministry experience.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Worship Leadership degree has four objectives:

  • PASTORAL: Equip biblically based and Spirit-empowered students in pastoral leadership.
  • THEOLOGICAL: Teach Scripture and history as it relates to worship theology.
  • MUSICAL: Provide students with the musical understanding and skill-sets needed to serve in the local church.
  • TECHNICAL: Train students in relevant music, media, and administrative technologies.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the BWL will be able to:

  • Demonstrate biblically-based and Spirit-empowered pastoral leadership.
  • Apply sound doctrine and historical context to worship ministry.
  • Apply strong musicianship and musical communication skills from a primary and secondary instrument to direct a worship service.
  • Employ relevant music, media, and administrative technologies for use in worship ministry.
  • Design a healthy worship ministry administration to facilitate the operations and service planning of a worship department.

*BWL acceptance space is limited.


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

Fall 2021 Video Audition Submission Deadline | August 6, 2021
Spring 2022 Video Audition Submission Deadline | December 17, 2021
Summer 2022 Video Audition Submission Deadline | April 29, 2022

For more information, contact worshipstudies@nulltku.edu.

Curriculum
Total Hours 129
  • 15
  • 38
  • 5
  • 15
  • 10
  • 21
  • 10
  • 15
  • Christian Foundations 15 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBH 1301 Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements 3
    • BIBL 2302 Life of Jesus 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 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 and Ensembles 5 Hours
    • MPEW 2103 Band Labs 1
    • MPEW 3103 Platform Worship Band 1
    • MPEW 3104 Worship Ministry Practicum I 1
    • MPEW 3105 Worship Ministry Practicum II 1
    • Pick 1 hour from the following: 1
    • MPEW 2103 Band Labs
    • MPEW 2104 Worship Choir
    • MPEW 3101 The King’s Worship Ensemble
    • MPEW 3103 Platform Worship Band
  • Bible and Theology 15 Hours
    • BIBL 1305 Old Testament Survey 3
    • BIBL 1306 New Testament Survey 3
    • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation 3
    • BIBT 3310 History and Theology of Christian Worship 3
    • BIBT 2303 To the Jew First 3
  • Worship Leadership 10 Hours
    • BIBW 1301 The Spirit Formed Worshiper 3
    • BIBW 2301 Worship Leadership I 3
    • BIBW 3301 Worship Leadership II 3
    • MUSW 2102 Songwriting 1
  • Music and Technology 21 Hours
    • MUST 1301 Music Theory I 3
    • MUST 1302 Music Theory II 3
    • MEDA 1304 AV & Lighting 3
    • MUSB 3302 Audio and Music Technologies 3
    • MEDA 3310 Live Production 3
    • MUSW 4302 Senior Worship Capstone Project 3
    • MUSW 4301 Senior Worship Internship 3
  • Music Instruction 10 Hours
    • 6 hours of the following for primary focus (all same instrument), and 4 hours from the following for secondary focus (all same instrument): 10
    • 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
    • MPVM 3111 Applied Music Lesson – Voice V
    • MPVM 3112 Applied Music Lesson – Voice VI
    • 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 3111 Applied Music Lesson – Piano V
    • MPIM 3112 Applied Music Lesson – Piano VI
    • 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 3113 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar V
    • MPIM 3114 Applied Music Lesson – Guitar VI
    • 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 3115 Applied Music Lesson – Drums V
    • MPIM 3116 Applied Music Lesson – Drums VI
    • 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
    • MPIM 3117 Applied Music Lesson – Bass V
    • MPIM 3118 Applied Music Lesson – Bass VI
  • Electives 15 Hours
    • Open Electives 15