BA in Worship Leadership

The BA in Worship Leadership prepares students for leadership in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures their commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for effective worship ministry. Program update approved 11.29.2018.

Objectives On completion, students should be able to:
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    Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
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    Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
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    Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
    Offered: Each semester SI | MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE Mathematics
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    Introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, with field engagement in approved service learning through ministry and response to the needs of the community.
    Offered: Each semester
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
    Offered: Each semester

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Performance of music from a variety of genres including classical works, modern art song, spirituals, Contemporary Christian music and gospel song in venues on campus, in the surrounding community and in churches, including a week-long tour across the United States. Open to OCU students by audition.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Repeatable No tuition over charge for overload (above 18 hours)
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    Literature Elective3
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    Church History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    A survey of music literature for worship: the history of worship song, expressions of worship from world cultures, and contemporary worship music.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP MAJOR 34 HOURS

MUSIC THEORY8 HOURS

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    Continuation from Music Fundamentals, including study of chords in major and minor keys, voice leading, beginning four-part writing, and harmonic progressions.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 with a C or higher, successful placement exam, or consent of the instructor.
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    Continuation of MU103, including study of cadences, phrases and periods, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and secondary dominant chords.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU103 with a grade of C or higher
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    Development of sight-reading and melodic dictation skills.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 or successful placement exam
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    Continuation of MU105.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU105 with a grade of C or higher.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE8 HOURS

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    100-level Major Applied Study3
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    100-level Secondary Applied Study2
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    Voice Proficiency0
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    Piano or Guitar Proficiency0
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    Ensemble Electives (4 semesters)4
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    Instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Individual lesson or class setting.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Keyboard proficiency exam Lesson Fee: $150
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    Instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Individual lesson or class setting.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Guitar proficiency exam Lesson Fee: $150

BIBLICAL STUDIES5 HOURS

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    An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Biblical Studies Elective (GB, NT, OT or AGS BIB courses)3

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP13 HOURS

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    A biblical understanding of who God is, and how He has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. The course will focus on implications for worship ministries in the local church.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The ministry and calling of a worship leader, including current leadership and ministry practices, an introduction to worship planning, and a survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship. Overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities. Weekly 1-hour field experience component is required.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Students gain basic experience in playing worship band instruments. Students who have skills in a particular instrument gain experience coaching less-experienced peers.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Methods for planning worship. Topics include personal spiritual preparation, use of resources with emphasis on the use of Scripture, selection of worship materials, engagement with the Christian Year, discipleship and pastoral care through worship. This course consists of one lecture and one field session each week. Worship planning competencies are evaluated by the field mentor.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TH125
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    1-6 Participation in the worship ministry of a local church, including opportunities for leadership. Register for one (1) to six (6) hours per semester.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: WL347, WL408, Senior standing or permission of instructor
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    Audio and video needs of small to large worship settings. Topics include in spirit-guided ministry, the nature of sound, industry-standard terms, signal flow, audio and video systems, theatrical and video lighting, and video editing software. 15 clock-hour field experience.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Professional association for Worship Leadership students. Includes student leadership development, community engagement, and participation in professional enrichment opportunities provided by OCU and others.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Participation in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader as part of a local church or youth group worship band, or an auditioned worship group.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Participation as a vocalist in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader as part of a local church or youth group worship band, or an auditioned worship group.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Assistant leadership role in worship planning, band rehearsal and service leadership in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader, leading a local church or youth group worship band.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
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    Leadership role in worship planning, band rehearsal and service leadership in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader, leading a local church or youth group worship band.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Instructor approval
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    Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None

ELECTIVES37 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

BA in Worship Leadership Program Option:

PEDAGOGY TRACK37 HOURS

The Pedagogy Track offers students preparation for a second income stream that fits well in a local church ministry setting.

PEDAGOGY CERTIFICATE18 HOURS

Choose from available applied pedagogy certificates.

ADDITIONAL MUSIC THEORY4 HOURS

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    Continuation of Music Theory II. Modulatory techniques, mode mixtures, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, and enharmonic modulations.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU104 or successful music theory placement exam
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    Continuation of MU106.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU106 or successful music theory placement exam

MUSIC HISTORY ELECTIVES6 HOURS

ADDITIONAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE9 HOURS

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    200-level Major Applied Study6
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    Junior Recital0
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    Senior Recital 0
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    Additional Ensemble Electives1
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    Conducting patterns with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Students analyze and direct music using a variety of meters, dynamics, and styles.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: MU104with a C or higher

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Attendance at on- and off-campus musical performances. Appreciation of a variety of musical literature and concert formats, and observation of elements that help create an effective performance.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

BA in Worship Leadership Program Option:

MUSIC STUDIES EMPHASIS31 HOURS

ADDITIONAL MUSIC THEORY5 HOURS

MUSIC HISTORY ELECTIVES6 HOURS

ADDITIONAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE13 HOURS

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    200-level Major Applied Study6
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    100-level Secondary Applied Study1
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    Junior Recital [add to WL Major]0
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    Senior Recital 0
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    Additional Ensemble Electives2
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    Conducting patterns with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Students analyze and direct music using a variety of meters, dynamics, and styles.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: MU104with a C or higher
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    Conducting Elective (Choral or Instrumental) 2

MUSIC OR WORSHIP LEADERSHIP ELECTIVES6 HOURS

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    Structural principles and forms of homophonic music, particularly Baroque and Classical forms.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU203 with a C or higher
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    Writing songs and arranging music for worship, including melody writing, setting lyrics, harmonization, music notation, lead sheets and chord charts, arranging for rhythm sections, praise teams and other ensembles, and copyright.
    Offered: Spring, on demand Prerequisite: MU203
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    Using Christian resources to sustain and empower parishioners and congregations. Relational and lifespan pastoral care, and care during crisis situations, including interventions appropriate to traditional ministry settings.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: None
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of the leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    1-6 Participation in the worship ministry of a local church, including opportunities for leadership. Register for one (1) to six (6) hours per semester.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: WL347, WL408, Senior standing or permission of instructor

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Attendance at on- and off-campus musical performances. Appreciation of a variety of musical literature and concert formats, and observation of elements that help create an effective performance.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

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