Worship Leadership at OCU

OCU ​Alumnus Seth & Kelsey (Owens) Brisker explain what it meant to be a part of the Worship Leadership program.

Goals for the Worship Programs

  • A vibrant relationship with Christ
  • Biblical foundations for worship
  • Musical skill
  • Servant leadership

Worship Leadership Programs:

Download these programs in the 2015-16 Worship Leadership Student Guide, or click below for the OCU Catalog.

Why the dual emphasis options?

This is what the church looks like! Some worship leaders serve full-time, but many are bi-vocational. They may fill two ministry roles in a full-time position, or work another job and serve the church part-time. These programs are offered to help students prepare for these more diverse settings.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership: For musicians who see worship leadership as their core identity in ministry.
  • Dual Majors - Worship Leadership with
    • Christian MinistriesFor musicians whose sense of calling includes worship leadership and other pastoral roles.
    • Business: For musicians who anticipate a career in business and involvement in worship leadership.
    • PsychologyFor musicians who anticipate a career in psychology and involvement in worship leadership.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership with any OCU Minor or AA Combine a worship leadership major with one of the Minor or AA programs offered by OCU. Students may also choose to fill these hours with general electives (especially helpful for transfer students!)
  • Minor or Associate of Arts: For musicians in another major with gifts and a sense of calling to worship leadership.


Our Commitments

Authentic Ministry

We purpose to prepare students whose ministries reflect the following values:

Christ Honoring and Gospel Centered

Worship centered on the glory of God, especially as it is revealed in the saving work of Jesus.

Biblically Rooted

Worship that celebrates the authority of Scripture, and values the ministry of the Word as central to the church’s worship.


Authentic worship that is bigger than the Sunday gathering. A God-honoring life of obedience, made possible by Spirit’s power. Gospel-shaped worship that boldly welcomes unbelievers into the church’s fellowship through the saving work of Christ.

Congregation Focused

Worship leaders who engage the congregation authentically. While the worship is led with excellence, it is shaped by the conviction that leaders assist the congregation, and the congregation does the work of worship.


Leaders who nurture other leaders as they mature in faith and ministry.

When placing students for practicums and internships, we seek churches and leaders who imperfectly, but wholeheartedly pursue such values.

Helpful Links

Worship Leadership News

More questions?

Contact Dr. Rodney Sones, Program Coordinator