Master of Arts in Worship Awarded “Best of 2015”!

By Dr. Sam Hamstra


It has been my distinct privilege to direct the new Master of Arts in Worship program at Northern Seminary (Lombard, IL). It is also my joy to give thanks to the Lord for the recognition it now receives.

The November/December 2015 issue of Worship Leader magazine ranks our program one of the “Best of 2015” and awarded it “2015 Editor’s Pick.”

Our MAW program represents a partnership with the 10,000 Fathers Worship School led by Aaron Keyes in Atlanta, Georgia. For a decade, the 10,000 Fathers Worship School has offered worship leaders an alternative to a contemporary worship culture that is more about being professional than prophetic, to worship services that are more about production than presence, and to worship leading that is more about tours than tears.

Through our partnership, we seek to develop deeper and wider worship leaders who as growing disciples of Jesus Christ realize the difference between great concerts and the great commission, a great show and a great shepherd, gigs and growth, tours and tears, commitment to fans and commitment to family. In the end, we hope to send graduates throughout the world who are gifted to lead worship, equipped to do so with theological soundness, convicted to grow in both character and competency, and committed to doing it all for the goal of making disciples. We hope, in short, to shape the way the world worships.

Our MAW program is a part-time program designed to complement the life and ministry of worship leaders. It encourages students to build professional development into the rhythm of their lives and to dedicate that slice of life to the life-transforming experience of earning an advanced degree. It is hoped that such an approach will allow students to enjoy, absorb, and apply their educational experience to life and ministry.

Our MAW program also affirms the value of mentoring, peer accountability, friendship, and life together as disciples seeking personal and professional development. Hence, students form a cohort and progress together towards degree completion. Our “Pilot Cohort” began this past July. Our first official cohort will begin July 12, 2016. The cohort is filling up quickly but a limited number of seats are still available. If interested, contact us asap by requesting info here.

For more on this exciting partnership, check this out.



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