Worship - Emphasis

“I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.”

Psalm 35:18, NIV

Your heart beats to worship the Lord. Like the mighty men and women of God in Scripture and throughout the generations, you are passionate about praising the Most High God—King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Not merely a musician—you are called and gifted to lead worshippers. You envision a ministry where people can gather together in adoration at the throne of God, worshipping with shouts of thanksgiving and outbursts of praise.

If you are called to lead worship or are interested in receiving a solid theological foundation for worship, then you may want to consider pursuing the Worship emphasis at Northern Seminary.

Northern has developed specialized courses designed to fit the specific interests and needs of students who are focused on worship ministry leadership.

Individuals pursuing this emphasis will be equipped for ministry leadership that is:

Biblical. [Grounded in Scripture]

Combined with a comprehensive academic degree program that provides a solid foundation in the study of Scripture, church history, theology and ethics, specialized Worship courses challenge the student to engage in and reflect on issues ranging from worship in the early church to leading and designing worship in a contemporary context. 

Missional. [Sharing Christ in Context]

Northern Seminary provides students with unique ways to learn how to share Christ in context. Through a variety of experiential learning or “field research” opportunities —which could include anything from gathering with other students at a weekend retreat to leading a worship service —students receive practical, first-hand training that will equip them for contextually-relevant ministry leadership.

Personal. [Holistic, Relational Ministry]

Individuals pursuing the Worship emphasis benefit from Northern’s commitment to personal, holistic ministry training. From the availability of professors to engage in discussion and guide students in discerning their call, to the opportunity to connect with other students on the same path, individuals experience a community that partners with them in their journey toward effective worship ministry leadership.

Is this program for me?

The Worship emphasis is for:

  • Anyone interested in deepening his or her knowledge of worship design and leadership, history and theology
  • Individuals who want to be equipped for leading worship in various contexts
  • Pastors or church leaders who want to gain specialized skill for ministry focused on worship leadership

What are the requirements of the Worship Emphasis?

The Worship emphasis can be acquired by completing a combination of any five Worship electives as part of any of the following programs:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Master’s Specialization
  • Diploma of Ministry
  • Diploma Specialization

Examples of Worship Electives include:

  • Theology of Worship & Spirituality
  • Leading and Designing Worship
  • Worship in the Early Church
  • Current Practice of Worship & Spirituality
  • History of Worship & Spirituality

For more information or to get started:   

Northern is ready to work with you to make the pursuit of theological education a present reality!

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