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MA in Worship Ministries – Christian Education

Many staff members serve the ministry of the local church in a dual-role capacity. Whether in efforts to create or secure a full-time position or because the individual is interested in or trained and gifted to lead in more than one unique ministry area, this is an on-site reality for many churches. For example, many youth pastors also lead worship while some worship pastors also oversee senior adult ministries or serve in church administration capacities. The list of combinations and possibilities are endless. Because we exist for the church, the goal of the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries and Christian Education degree (MAWM-CE) is to train men and women to for those unique ministry roles.

In addition to foundational biblical and theological studies, there exists an integration of Christian education core studies alongside the myriad practical, ministerial, and philosophical components from worship and music core studies. While an undergraduate degree in music is desirable, it is not required nor is it a prerequisite for admission to the degree program. Please note, however, that all incoming MAWM-CE students must show *proficiency in fundamental musical skills and will be required to take a short series of competency tests upon entering the program—scheduled during the week of orientation—in the areas of music theory, conducting, piano, and church-music history, as well as a proficiency in a major musical skill such as singing or playing an instrument.

[*See “Competency Test” information in the Course Descriptions section for a thorough explanation.]

Students graduating from the MAWM degree program will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate competencies in music theory, history, and literature.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of applied musical skills and performance discipline.
  3. Demonstrate organizational and leadership skills in worship and church music ministry.
  4. Integrate a Christian lifestyle and professional musical development.
  5. Demonstrate a balanced approach to church music.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of biblical, theological, historical, philosophical, and psychological foundations of Christian Education in the context of mobilization.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and skills of the operative principles and administrative approaches for the educational ministry of the church done in the context of mobilization.

MAWM-CE Course Catalog


  • BS2210 Old Testament Survey I or BS2211 Old Testament Survey II
  • BS2310 New Testament Survey I or BS2311 New Testament Survey II
  • CE8301 Church Administration
  • HT3101 History of Christianity II OR HT3110 Baptist History
  • HT3200 Theology I
  • HT3201 Theology II
  • HT3400 Christian Ethics
  • MN5060 Evangelism & Discipleship
  • MS7011 Missiology
  • GS1801 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
  • GS1802 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
  • GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)


  • CE8110 Principles of Teaching I
  • CE8111 Principles of Teaching II
  • CE8134 Issues in Christian Ed
  • CE8306 Principles of Leadership
  • CE8411 Age Group Ministry


  • CM9100 Biblical Foundations of Worship
  • CM9205 Survey of Christian Worship & Congregational Song
  • CM9421 Worship Technology
  • CM9401 Worship Ministry Administration
  • CM9403 Corporate Worship Leadership


  • CM9103 Preparing Vocalists for Worship
  • CM9104 Preparing Instrumentalists for Worship
  • CM9565 Integrative Worship Ministry Experience

Applied Music Lessons (3 hrs)

  • Choose major lesson area from voice, guitar, or piano (3 consecutive semesters at one (1) credit hr per semester)

Music Ensemble Participation (3 hrs)
3 Semesters. Choose from: CM9580 Chapel Choir, CM9582 Chapel Band I/II, CM9583 Voices of Midwestern
* Audition only
** Audition only/traveling group/ both vocalists and instrumentalists