BA in Worship Leadership & Christian Ministries (Dual Major)

This program prepares students with understanding and skills needed for pastoral and worship leadership roles in the local church. Program update approved 2.2019.

Objectives

On completion of the program, 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.
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    Lead and grow a congregation.
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    Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
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    Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life learning.

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.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 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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    Fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Content, form and style of sermonic literature. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CM102

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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    The development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: OT101, NT102
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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    Basic family organization from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home, within a Christian perspective, including development of the full potential of our human sexuality.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: SO101, PS102

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. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    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. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    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 doctrine of entire sanctification in light of Scripture, examined within the Wesleyan tradition and other theological schools of thought.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: Graduating seniors standing; TH100, TH401, or TH402

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP DUAL-MAJOR CORE 29 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 Music Fundamentals with a C or higher, successful music theory 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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    Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 or successful music theory 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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    Applied Electives5
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    Junior Recital0
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    Voice Proficiency0
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    Piano or Guitar Proficiency0
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    Ensemble Electives (in addition to the Humanities requirement)2
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    Intermediate 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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    Intermediate instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Individual lesson or class setting.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Guitar proficiency exam Lesson Fee: $150

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP16 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
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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 ministryand 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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    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 and large worship settings. Topics include the nature of sound, industry-standard terms, signal flow, audio and video systems, theatrical and video lighting, video-editing software, and the use of technology in spirit-guided ministry. 15-hour field experience requirement.
    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

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES DUAL-MAJOR CORE 38 HOURS

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY18 HOURS

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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Principles of biblical interpretation. Examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic with application to selected biblical texts. Historical survey of Jewish and Christian exegetical systems.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee* *One-time software fee, charged the first time a student takes any hermeneutics or advanced biblical languages course. This $500 fee purchases a lifetime license for a biblical languages research library.
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    The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Junior standing
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    The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Jr. standing

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES20 HOURS

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    Professional ministry as a life calling and vocation, including spiritual development, acquisition of ministry skills, the mission of the church, and ministry as a profession, addressed from historical and contemporary perspectives. Development of the initial skills and attitudes of a professional minister.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Students are equipped to evaluate and contextualize church culture speaking to the communities in which they reside. This will enable the student to communicate to the congregants while forging communications with the surrounding community. Includes formal study of communications both written and oral.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Corequisite: CM326
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    Expository preaching, and the preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: GB401, CM301
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    Praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Corequisite: CM421
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    Introduction to the biblical and theological foundations of missions, an overview of missions history, survey of the world’s religions, and a foundation for response to God’s leading. Note: MI100 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level MI courses.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The counseling needs of a congregation, with models of biblical intervention and pastoral counseling that lead to healthy spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral change.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: OT101, NT102

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Students interact with faculty and peers, learn about upcoming department events, and ask questions. Religion Faculty and returning students welcome new members, helping orient them to their programs. Students meet faculty advisors, and learn about career and networking opportunities available from the Religion department.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An opportunity to interact with successful ministry practitioners. Student’s accomplishments are recognized in a public forum.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Students engage with successful practitioners in the field of ministry during chapel, classes, and an evening meal.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Discussions of theological topics designed to engage students in critical thinking and clear, effective speaking about theological issues.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

ELECTIVE1 HOUR

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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