Center for the Worship Arts

HEATHER R. DAUGHERTY, Director of the Center for Worship Arts; Assistant Professor of Worship Arts, 2006—
BA, Olivet Nazarene University, 2000; MDiv, Boston University, 2004.

Center for Worship Arts General Information

Mission Statement

The Center for Worship Arts seeks to help students develop informed minds, inflamed hearts, and engaged hands to minister through the arts in a variety of contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a worship arts major will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the significance of arts in the worship of God both within and outside of the church.
  2. Articulate a theology of worship.
  3. Embody the habits and practices of the Christian faith.
  4. Understand the Biblical and theological foundations of worship.
  5. Articulate the pastoral role of a worship leader.
  6. Design a worship service for particular settings.
  7. Know and demonstrate proficiency in a student's area of study.

Worship Arts BA

General Education

49-52 hours

Foundations Tier

18-19 hours

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

MAT

1044

Applied Mathematics for Business

(3)

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

PEA

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

Varsity athletics do not count toward this requirement.

Intercultural Literacy (Choose one)

(2-3)

 

COM

2020

Principles of Intercultural Communication (2)

 

 

COM

2060

American Sign Language I (3)

 

 

FRE

1000

French Language and Culture (3)

 

 

GER

1000

German Language and Culture (3)

 

 

SPA

1000

Spanish Language and Culture (3)

 

 

HEB

2010

Beginning Hebrew (3)

 

 

GRK

2010

Beginning New Testament Greek (3)

 

 

ECO

3300

International Economic Development (3)

 

 

SOC

2100

Peoples and Cultures of the World (2)

 

 

MUS

2440

World Music and Culture (2)

 

Human Sciences Tier

6 hours

Institutional (Choose one)

(3)

 

ECO

2000

Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

 

 

ATH

3010

Introduction to Anthropology (3)

 

 

POL

2020

American Political Institutions (3)

 

 

SWK

1200

Introduction to Social Work (3)

 

 

HIS

1400

World Civilization I (3)

 

 

 

 

or

 

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II (3)

 

 

 

 

(whichever is not used to satisfy the World Civilization Context in the Contexts Tier)

 

 

HIS

2010

U.S. History I (3)

 

 

 

 

or

 

 

HIS

2020

U.S. History II (3)

 

Behavioral (Choose One)

(3)

 

COM

2010

Interpersonal Communication (3)

 

 

PSY

2010

General Psychology (3)

 

 

SOC

2010

General Sociology (3)

 

Natural Sciences Tier

6-7 hours

 

Laboratory Science (Choose one)

(3-4)

 

SCI

1500

Life Science (3)

 

 

SCI

2000

Introduction to Environmental Science (3)

 

 

SCI

1600

Physical Science (3)

 

 

SCI

2200

Physical Geology (3)

 

 

SCI

2510

Earth and Space Science (3)

 

 

PHY

1040

The Physics of Sound (3)

 

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

Contexts Tier

21 hours

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

World Civilization (Choose one)

(3)

 

HIS

1400

World Civilization I (3)

 

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II (3)

 

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

World Aesthetics (Choose one)

(3)

 

ART

2150

Art Appreciation II (3)

 

 

ART

2160

Art Appreciation II (3)

 

 

ART

1500

Fine Arts (3)

 

Philosophy (Choose One)

(3)

 

PHL

2010

Introduction to Philosophy (3)

 

 

PHL

3070

Ethics (3)

 

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

REL

4100

Life of the Christian Minister

(3)

Major

35 hours

WAS

1010

Introduction to the Worship Arts

(1)

WAS

2010

Spiritual Formation: The Heart of Worship Leading

(2)

WAS

3010

The Story of Worship

(3)

WAS

3015

The Shape of Worship

(3)

WAS

3020

Telling the Story

(3)

WAS

4020

The Contextualization of Worship

(2)

WAS

4030

Issues in Systematic Theology: The God We Worship

(3)

WAS

4040

Administration and Program Development in Worship Ministry

(2)

PRA

1010

Perspectives in Christian Ministry

(1)

THE

4270

Old Testament Theology

(3)

THE

4280

New Testament Theology

(3)

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

COM

2450

Drama as Ministry

(3)

COM

2720

Film Criticism

(1)

WAS

3025

Worship Arts Practicum

(1)

WAS

4000

Worship Arts Senior Internship

(1-2)

Minor

18-28 hours

WAS Electives

5-10 hours

General Electives

0-5 hours

Total

120 hours

Worship Arts BA Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year

Semester 1

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

WAS

1010

Introduction to the Worship Arts

(1)

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

INT

1100

Life Calling and Purpose

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

PEA

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

PRA

1010

Perspectives in Christian Ministry

(1)

 

Total 16

Semester 2

 

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

SCI

 

Lab Science

(3)

HIS

1400

World Civilization I

(3)

 

 

or

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II

 

WAS

2010

Spiritual Formation: The Heart of Worship Leading

(2)

 

 

Minor Course

(3)

 

 

World Aesthetics Choice

(3)

 

Total 17

Sophomore Year

Semester 3

 

PHL

2010

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

WAS

3010

The Story of Worship

(3)

 

 

Minor Course

(3)

COM

2010

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 4

WAS

3015

The Shape of Worship

(3)

WAS

3020

Telling the Story*

(3)

 

 

Worship Arts Elective

(3)

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

Total 15

Junior Year

Semester 5

 

MAT

1044

Applied Mathematics for Business

(3)

WAS

4030

Issues in Systematic Theology: The God We Worship*

(3)

COM

2720

Film Criticism*

(1)

 

 

Minor Course

(2)

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

 

 

Worship Arts Elective

(3)

WAS

3025

Worship Arts Practicum

(1)

 

Total 15

Semester 6

 

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

COM

2450

Drama as Ministry*

(3)

 

 

Minor Elective

(3)

 

 

Minor Elective

(3)

 

 

Worship Arts Elective

(2)

WAS

4040

Administration and Program Development in Worship Ministry*

(2)

Total 16

Senior Year

Semester 7

 

THE

4270

Old Testament Theology

(3)

WAS

4020

The Contextualization of Worship*

(2)

 

 

Minor Course

(3)

 

 

Minor Course

(3)

 

 

Intercultural Literacy

(3)

 

Total 14

Semester 8

 

THE

4280

New Testament Theology

(3)

REL

4100

Life of the Christian Minister

(3)

WAS

4000

Worship Arts Senior Internship

(1)

 

 

Worship Arts Elective

(2)

 

 

Institutional Choice

(3)

 

Total 12

*Classes offered every other year

Total Plan of Study:

120 hours

Minor in Worship Arts

Worship Arts Minor

14 hours

WAS

1010

Introduction to the Worship Arts

(1)

WAS

2010

Spiritual Formation: The Heart of Worship Leading

(2)

WAS

3010

The Story of Worship

(3)

WAS

3015

The Shape of Worship

(3)

WAS

3020

Telling the Story

(3)

WAS

4020

The Contextualization of Worship

(2)

Worship Arts Course Descriptions

WORSHIP ARTS

WAS 1010 Introduction to the Worship Arts (1)

Designed as the portal for all Worship Arts majors, this introductory class defines and explores foundational questions in the Worship Arts including the purpose of worship, the role of the worship leader and the place of worship in the local church and her mission. This course will serve as a prerequisite for all other WAS courses. Fall.

WAS 2010 Spiritual Formation: The Heart of Worship Leading (2)

Focuses on developing a foundation for understanding and nurturing the spiritual life of a worship leader. Course work will involve the study of classic spiritual disciplines and the writing of one's personal worship journey.

WAS 3010 The Story of Worship (3)

Explores the biblical and historical practices of worship from the patriarchal period to postmodern times. Special attention is given to exploring historical shifts in how Christian people have understood God, the church, salvation and the church-culture intersection with respect to worship. Fall.

WAS 3015 The Shape of Worship (3)

An interactive examination of the unifying elements and the dynamic diversity of worship. Attention is given to the theology and practice of sacraments, the Christian calendar and its use in worship, the relationship among the different elements of corporate worship and the overall design of the worship service.

WAS 3020 Telling the Story (3)

Designed to aid students in exploring many of the dynamics of communication that take place in the context of worship. Topics will include voice and articulation, non-verbal communication, interpersonal communication, and the voice and choice of art in worship.

WAS 3025 Worship Arts Practicum (1)

A supervised practicum designed to give students the opportunity to observe and experience the role and responsibilities of a worship arts pastor in a local church. In addition to on-site observation, students will participate in on-campus guided small groups for reflection, mentoring and spiritual formation.

WAS 4000 Worship Arts Senior Internship (1-2)

A cumulative integration of the students learning and experience in a worship ministry assignment. Students will participate in worship leadership in a congregational setting. During this internship, students will create a Senior Project that will be carried out within the context of worship in their ministry assignment. Students will participate in on-campus guided small groups for reflection, mentoring and spiritual formation.

WAS 4020 The Contextualization of Worship (2)

Fosters the understanding that there are a wide variety of contemporary cultural expressions of worship. With this in mind, students will gain skills in identifying practical theological questions and interpreting contexts, as well as pastoral and practical insights that will guide them in creating God-centered worship. Attention will be given to new ministries, church plants, and the renewal of existing congregations.

WAS 4030 Issues in Systematic Theology: The God We Worship (3)

A study of the nature of theology as a systematic, logical and disciplined activity within the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. This course will consider theological method and the doctrine of God, understanding that worship ultimately informs and shapes our understandings of God.

WAS 4040 Administration and Program Development in Worship Ministry (2)

An examination of leadership and administration skills for worship ministry, the development of a budget and calendar, and working with a larger church staff.

WAS 4100 Special Topics in Worship Arts (1-3)

In-depth investigation of a particular topic or issue in worship ministry.

WAS 4500 Field Education in Worship Arts (1-3)

A cumulative integration of the students learning and experience in a worship ministry assignment. Students will focus on and participate in worship leadership and the pastoral duties of a worship ministry pastor. Students will participate in on-campus guided small groups for reflection, mentoring and spiritual formation.