Bachelor of Arts

This program offers students a double major in Worship Leadership and Christian Ministries. Its purpose is to prepare students with knowledge and skills needed for pastoral and worship leadership roles in the local church.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student 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.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • 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.

Course 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 3 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 the Hermeneutics courses. The Personal Evangelism requirement is covered by CM102 Intro to Ministry.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 40 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 Math Elective 3 credits

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.

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.

SS401 Church History I 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054. Special attention is given to leading characters and major turning points of history.

RELIGION - 24 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.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

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.

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.

GB202 Hermeneutics of the New Testament 3 credits

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.

GB201 Hermeneutics of the Old Testament 3 credits

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.

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.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES MAJOR - 30 Credits

GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation. An intensive examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic. The application of this method to selected biblical texts as well as other systems of Jewish and Christian exegesis will be historically surveyed and evaluated.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

CM402 Preaching II 3 credits

Actual preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism are stressed along with expository preaching.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
CM301 Preaching I
GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics

Offered annually.

CM325 Leading and Growing a Church 2 credits

Examines strategies for helping the church multiply its ministries with the direct aim of replicating itself in order to widen and deepen the impact of the church in the community. Students will learn the principles of servant leadership, marketing, different church models, connecting with the community, problem solving, strategic planning, and managing change.

CM325P Leading and Growing a Church Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Leading and Growing a Church

SS402 Church History II 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present.

PC201 Pastoral Counseling 3 credits

This course will seek to help the student understand the counseling needs of their congregation. Emphasis will be placed on learning models of pastoral counseling that will help the student appreciate spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral healthful change through biblical intervention.

Offered alternate years.

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.

CM102P Introduction to Ministry Observation 1 credit

Each student will be involved in observing practical ministry, shadowing a minister, and interviewing professional clergy in a local setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of ministry principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Introduction to Ministry

CM315 Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness 2 credits

An introduction to the organizational and programmatic aspects of church leadership. It includes the biblical pattern, objectives, processes, and methods suitable for ministry in the local church or similar context for discipleship, evangelism, stewardship, and worship with an emphasis on the changing role of Christian education in the church today.

CM315P Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness

CM421 Ministry Methods 2 credits

Introduces students to the praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.

CM421P Ministry Methods Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Ministry Methods

CM326 Church Communications and Culture 2 credits

Students will be 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. This course includes a formal study of communications both written and oral.

CM326P Church Communications and Culture Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Church Communications and Culture

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each fall.

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP MAJOR - 30 Credits

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.

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.

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

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 is required each semester.

Applied Studies

Six (6) credits of applied studies are required. This requirement must be completed through MU171 Applied Voice I, MU191 Applied Piano I, Applied Instrument(s), such as guitar, trumpet, clarinet, etc., and must include at least 1 hour of MU135 Worship Keyboard OR MU165 Worship Guitar.

Ensemble

Four (4) credits of ensemble are required. Two (2) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining two (2) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles (such as MU119 Chamber Singers or MU145 Chamber Ensemble).

Worship Leadership Electives

One (1) credit of Worship Leadership Electives is required. This requirement can be completed through Worship Leadership Practicum Electives (1 hour each), Conducting Elective (MU211 Fundamentals of Conducting, MU212 Choral Conducting, or MU375 Instrumental Conducting - 2 hours), Additional Internship Hours, or MU207 Songwriting & Arranging.

Worship Leader Internship

Two (2) credits of Worship Leader Internship are required.