Associate of Church Music

The Associate of Church Music Program is designed to equip musically and spiritually for effective lay ministry in the local church. This program lays a solid foundation in developing a Biblical view of worship and nurturing a deeper walk with God while acquiring the musical disciplines necessary to serve effectively in this important area of ministry.

Private lessons (instrument or voice), participation in music and worship groups, and a basic knowledge of piano and theory are recommended as preparation for entrance into this program.

A minimum of 64 credit hours are required to fulfill this degree requirements. Students can choose from four distinct tracks for their emphasis:

Worship Ministry Emphasis

The Worship Ministry Emphasis track was created for the student who has a vision to serve in a local church in worship ministry. The two-year program is designed to prepare the student to be involved in worship ministry on a lay-level. This track lays the foundation for the four year Bachelor of Church Music degree.

Worship Leader Emphasis

The Worship Leader Emphasis is designed for the student who has a passion and desire to be a worshiper and to lead people in worship. The student will be given a foundation to become a successful worship leader with any size of group. Courses will include elements such as practical vocal training, leading and rehearsing with a worship band, reading lead sheets and playing entry level piano.

Worship Musician Emphasis

The student who has a passion to play an instrument(s) in a worship band or orchestra will benefit from the Worship Musician Emphasis.

Courses will focus on helping the student develop a high level of skill on their instrument individually and within a band as well as giving them a core biblical foundation.

In order to enter this program, the student must pass a proficiency exam.

Worship Songwriter Emphasis

The Worship Songwriter Emphasis is designed for the student who is passionate about expressing worship through writing presence-driven songs that can be used in worship services, special events, evangelism, drama and musicals. In addition to courses on songwriting, creating lead sheets and chord charts, arranging, working in a recording studio, understanding basic piano or guitar fundamentals and MIDI, students will receive core biblical training.

Bachelor of Church Music

The four year Worship Pastor Program will prepare a worship pastor to build a worship department by using a variety of skills. These skills include pastoral leadership, team building and administration, solid Bible knowledge of worship and a broad knowledge of music, rhythm instruments and worship leading.

There are multiple opportunities throughout the program for the student to receive mentoring while gaining hands-on experience through PBC chapel services, Mannahouse services and various other ministries.

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