the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity

Concentration in Worship Leadership

The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Worship Leadership is a professional degree involving selected disciplines in the Billy Graham School and other theological disciplines. Included in the degree program are biblical studies, biblical language studies, theological and historical studies, discipleship as well as courses in communication, and counseling. The Master of Divinity with a concentration in Worship Leadership is designed for persons who wish to prepare for worship and church music ministry positions but who desire a more extensive biblical, historical, and theological focus. This degree is designed to prepare persons for leading worship ministry in churches as well as careers in denominational or institutional work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to display a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority.
  • Students will be able to preach/teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competent leadership in local church leadership.
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required) (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (2)
Scripture and Interpretation (21 hours)
20200    Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220    Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440    Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22100    Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200    Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220    Introduction to the New Testament II 3
22440    Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
Theology and Tradition (15 hours)
25100    Introduction to Church History I 3
25120    Introduction to Church History II 3
27060    Systematic Theology I 3
27070    Systematic Theology II 3
27080    Systematic Theology III 3
Ministry and Proclamation (8 hours)
30000    Christian Preaching1 3
34300    Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
40150    Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Worldview and Culture (3 hours)
29250    Survey of Christian Ethics 3
Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry (9 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080 Pastoral Leadership2 3
Worship Leadership (30 hours)
40200    The Worshiping Church 3
40605    Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 2
40610    Discipling Music Ministry I 2
40615    Discipling Music Ministry II 2
40620    Worship Leadership and Design 2
40625    Vocal Ensemble Leadership 2
40630    Worship Band Techniques 2
40635    Technology for Music and Worship Ministry 2
40640    Worship Resources 1
40670    Song Writing for Worship Leaders 2
40680    Worship Band Lab: Guitar3 1/2
40681    Worship Band Lab: Keyboard3 1/2
40682    Worship Band Lab: Bass Guitar3 1/2
40683    Worship Band Lab: Drum Set3 1/2
41016    Integrative Seminar in Church Music & Worship 1
   Applied Concentration (two semesters/project) 4
   Ensembles (4 semesters)4 0
   Restricted Electives 3
Worship Leadership Field Education (2 hours)
40693    Worship Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1
40694    Worship Leadership Field Education: Current Trends 1
   M.Div. Core 56
   Worship Leadership/Field Education 32
Total (88)
   Elementary Hebrew (if required) 3
   Elementary Greek (if required) 3
   Written Communication (if required) 2

1Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute Christian Teaching (45400).
2Pastoral Leadership (40080) is reserved for men. Women will substitute any Women’s Ministry Course (48xxx).
3Students who demonstrate proficiency may substitute a level II Worship Band Lab course (40684-40687).
4Students will take Southern Chorale (50740) two of the four required semesters.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.