follow christ, lead the way

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.


on completion, students should be able to:
  • communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
this degree program is available in the following format:

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major46 hours

*marked courses (6 hours) may be applied to gened requirements as noted.

music theory8

  • continuation from music fundamentals, including study of chords in major and minor keys, voice leading, beginning four-part writing, and harmonic progressions.
    prerequisite: mus1010 with a c or higher, successful music theory placement exam, or consent of the instructor.
  • study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.
    prerequisite: mus1010 or successful music theory placement exam
  • continuation of mus2020, including study of cadences, phrases and periods, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and secondary dominant chords.
    prerequisite: mus2010 with a grade of c or higher
  • continuation of mus105.
    prerequisite: mus2011 with a grade of c or higher.

music performance11

  • 1000-level major applied study3
  • 1000-level secondary applied study2
  • voice proficiency
  • piano or guitar proficiency
  • 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.
    repeatable no tuition over charge for overload (above 18 hours) course fee: $100
  • ensemble electives 2
choose one of the following:
  • intermediate instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. individual lesson or class setting.
    prerequisite: keyboard proficiency exam lesson fee: $150
  • intermediate instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. individual lesson or class setting.
    prerequisite: guitar proficiency exam lesson fee: $150

biblical studies6

  • methods for inductive bible study, applied to a book of scripture, engaging students in observation and survey with emphasis on interpretative skills and the development of concrete applications.
  • biblical studies elective 3

worship leadership21

  • church history elective (history elective)*3
  • a survey of music literature for worship: the history of worship song, expressions of worship from world cultures, and contemporary worship music.
  • a biblical understanding of worship with emphasis on how god has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed, and on implications for ministries in the local church.
  • professional association for worship leadership students. includes student leadership development, community engagement, and participation in professional enrichment opportunities provided by ocu and others.
  • audio and video needs of small to large worship settings, including spirit-guided technology ministry, the nature of sound, industry-standard terms, signal flow, audio and video systems, theatrical and video lighting, and video editing software.
    corequisite: wor1030
  • hands-on experience setting up and operating worship technology in an approved setting with an experienced supervisor.
  • 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.
    corequisite: wor1101
  • shadowing an experienced worship leader or participation in an approved church or youth group worship band setting, or auditioned worship group.
  • 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.
    prerequisite: wor1100
  • wor3030 worship band techniques2
  • wor3031 field experience ii (worship) (2)0
  • 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.
    corequisite: wor3471
  • demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.
  • participation in the leadership of a local church's worship ministry.
    prerequisite: worship leadership professional core

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