Bachelor of Arts

The Worship Leadership program is designed to prepare students who will serve as a leaders or participants in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. It is structured to ensure competency in knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with a particular emphasis on musical skills.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate readiness for ministry through an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate an understanding of the biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate the musical and leadership gifts and abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead worship that is rooted in the gospel, appropriate for the setting in which it functions, and edifies those whom it engages.
  • Relate to a wide variety of individuals to and with whom they are called to minister.

Course Requirements

*      The additional 3 hours of history reflect Church History and Music History courses that fulfill both Gen Ed and Major requirements. The remaining two hours of humanities requirements are fulfilled by music ensemble courses in the Worship Leadership Major, which are counted toward Fine Arts requirements.

‡      The 5 hours of religion courses beyond the religion core requirement of 21 hours are related to religion courses that could be counted in the Christian Ministries or Worship Major: Biblical Foundations of Worship and Psalms. Additional religion hours fulfilled by OT and NT Surveys and Worldviews.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits*

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

CM204 Technology in the Church 2 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the many different ways that information technology (IT) can be used to support individuals and groups in churches. The emphasis will be on IT for personal productivity, church communications, church operations, and enhancing worship.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is 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 every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

CM301 Preaching I 3 credits

A study of the fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Sermonic literature is studied for content, form and style.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
SP200 Basic Oral Communication

Offered annually.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

PH301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

An overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts followed by a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. The course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and how those currents are related.

Offered every fall.

Elective Church History Elective 3 credits

Elective Music History Elective 3 credits

RELIGION - 26 Credits ‡

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

TH401 Systematic Theology I 3 credits

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.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH402 Systematic Theology II 3 credits

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.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews
TH401 Systematic Theology I

Offered annually.

TH404 Holiness for the 21st Century 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

TH325 Biblical Foundations of Worship 2 credits

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.

OT221 Psalms 3 credits

A study of the historical background and setting of the Psalms as reflections of Israel’s worship. Focus is on the exposition and theology of selected Psalms.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered alternate years.

MAJOR - 51 Credits

MU135 Worship Keyboard 1 credit

Individual and class instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Repeatable.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam

MU165 Worship Guitar 1 credit

Individual and class instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Repeatable.

Prerequisite:
Successful Completion of the Guitar Proficiency Exam.

MU211 Fundamentals of Conducting 2 credits

This course requires knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Conducting patterns are learned with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Examples of music utilizing different meters, dynamics, and styles will be analyzed and directed.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals

Offered fall, even years.

WL102 Introduction to Worship Leadership 1 credit

Introductory survey of worship ministry. Topics include the calling of a worship leader; current leadership and ministry practices; an introduction to worship planning; and survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship, overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities.

WL205 Music Literature for Worship 3 credits

A survey of music literature for use in ministry, including music for congregation and church ensembles. Includes a survey of the historical development of congregational song, and music expressions of worship from world cultures. Focuses on sources for acquiring worship resources.

WL310 Planning and Leading Worship 2 credits

Methods for preparing and leading worship. Topics include personal spiritual preparation, guidance of the Holy Spirit, 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, and carrying out the planned services and events.

Prerequisite:
WL205 Music Literature for Worship
TH325 Biblical Foundations of Worship

WL116 Worship Technology Practicum 1 credit

Participation in worship-technology projects under the direction of an experienced technician.

Prerequisite:
CM204 Technology in the Church

MU103 Music Theory I 3 credits

This course will include studies in triad structure, inversions, voice leading, phrase structure, harmonic progressions, harmonization techniques, and non-harmonic tones.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test or consent of instructor.

Offered every fall.

MU104 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Theory I with emphasis on four-part writing for choral groups.

Prerequisite:
MU103 Music Theory I

Offered every spring.

MU203 Music Theory III 3 credits

A continuation of Theory II. Seventh chords, modulation, borrowed chords, augmented sixths and other altered chords are studied extensively. Compositions will be written which incorporate all harmonies and altered chords which have been studied.

Prerequisite:
MU104 Music Theory II

Offered every fall semester.

MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I 1 credit

Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.

Prerequisite:
MU102 Music Fundamentals
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test.

Offered every fall.

MU106 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II 1 credit

A continuation of MU105.

Prerequisite:
MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I

Offered every spring.

MU205 Sight-Singing and Ear Training III 1 credit

A continuation of MU106.

Prerequisite:
MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I
MU106 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II

Offered every fall semester.

MU207 Songwriting & Arranging 3 credits

Writing songs and arranging music for use in worship. Topics: melody writing; setting lyrics; harmonization; music notation, lead sheets and chord charts; arranging for rhythm sections, praise teams and other ensembles; copyright issues.

Prerequisite:
CM204 Technology in the Church
MU203 Music Theory III
MU205 Sight-Singing and Ear Training III

CM102 Introduction to Ministry 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to professional ministry as a life’s calling and vocation. It gives special attention to personal spiritual development, acquisition of personal ministry skills, understanding of the mission of the church, and appreciation of ministry as a profession. The course also addresses the meaning of calling, vocation, and profession from historical and contemporary perspectives, leading toward the development of the initial skills and attitudes toward becoming a professional minister.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.

WL301 Junior Worship Project 0 credits

Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.

Corequisite: Worship Planning Practicum Ensemble Leadership Practicum Worship Leader Internship

WL401 Senior Worship Project 0 credits

Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.

Corequisite: Worship Planning Practicum Ensemble Leadership Practicum Worship Leader Internship

Worship Leadership Forum

Worship Leadership Forum is required each semester.

Applied Studies

Seven (7) credits of applied studies are required. This requirement must be completed through MU171 Applied Voice I, MU191 Applied Piano I, or Applied Instrument(s), such as guitar, trumpet, clarinet, etc.

Ensemble

Eight (8) credits of ensemble are required. Four (4) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining four (4) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles.

Worship Leader Internship

Two (2) semesters of Worship Leader Internship are required during the senior year.

Worship Leadership Electives

Three (3) hours of Worship Leadership Electives are required to complete this major. This requirement must be completed through Worship Leadership Practicum Electives (1 hour each), Conducting Elective (MU212 Choral Conducting or MU375 Instrumental Conducting - 2 hours), or Additional Internship Hours.