Worship Leadership

Master of Divinity in Worship Leadership

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.

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Program Requirements

Concentration in Worship Leadership

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
40670 Song Writing for Worship Leaders1 2
40680 Worship Band Lab: Guitar2 or 1 1/2
40681 Worship Band Lab: Keyboard2 or
40682 Worship Band Lab: Bass Guitar2 or
40683 Worship Band Lab: Drum Set2
40688 Worship Choir Lab 1/2
40693  Worship Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1/2
40694 Worship Leadership Field Education: Current Trends 1/2
41016 Integrative Seminar in Church Music and Worship 2
55100 Private Study: Voice (Two semesters) 2
40675 Graduate Worship Project (Two semesters) 2
Ensembles (Four semesters)3 0
Total Worship Leadership Concentration Requirements 28

1Students may choose one of the following courses: 40636 Recording Techniques for Worship Leaders, 40670 Songwriting for Worship Leaders, or 41090 Congregational Song in World Cultures.
2Students are required to take only 3 of the 4 Worship Band Labs (Level I or II – 40680-40687). Students who demonstrate proficiency may substitute a Level II Worship Band Lab course (40684-40687).
3Students will take Southern Chorale (50740) two of the four required semesters.

Master of Divinity Core

The core curriculum is required for the Master of Divinity degree in the Billy Graham School. The concentration in Worship Leadership requires this edited version of the core.

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses (8)
20400 Elementary Hebrew1 (3)
22400 Elementary Greek1 (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)2 (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies 42
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis or 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
26200 Southern Baptist Heritage and Mission 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry 18
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
30000 Christian Preaching or 3
45400 Christian Teaching3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
32980 World Religions and Christian Mission 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
Total Master of Divinity, Worship Leadership Requirements 88

1Elementary Language courses may be counted as free elective courses for Billy Graham School students.

2See Written Communication Requirement here.

3Course 30000 is reserved for, but not required of, men.

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