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African American Worship Studies

African American Worship Studies
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  • OnlineFebruary 23, 2021

Overview

Strengthen Your Ministry Skills to Serve and Develop Thriving Congregations

This advanced degree equips worship leaders with the insight and tools needed to encourage, engage and edify the African American church.

The Master of Arts in African American worship studies is an innovative degree that combines ministry training with thoughtful and practical ways to serve the Black church.

In this pioneering program, leading African American educators, pastors, musicians, composers, theologians and artists partner with Trevecca faculty to lend expertise and valuable ministry experience in order to equip those in local ministry with tools for supporting and uplifting Black congregations.

The degree is offered through Trevecca’s Center for African American Worship Studies. Leading the center and teaching in the African American worship studies program is Dr. Stephen Newby, an accomplished composer, worship leader and musician with more than 20 years of experience teaching at the college level. 

The degree will primarily be available through an online format, with the option to take three in-person intensive courses at Trevecca’s Nashville campus. The program seeks to equip worship leaders in the areas of spiritual formation, discipleship, ministry application, team building, personal disciplines, theology and principles in leadership. 

While adding to the strong foundation of musical talent and skill already present in many Black churches, the degree also aims to offer worship leaders biblical exegesis and robust theological training. Students also receive insight on how individuals can grow as congregational, educational or parachurch leaders as they seek to create a culture where healthy worship is understood and regularly practiced. 

Through a theological lens, students will explore how to excel in worship-related ministry roles. They’ll also examine how leaders can foster spiritual health among their teams, congregations, colleagues or students. Additionally, emphasis will be given to time management, the pastor/worship pastor relationship and theological integration as it relates to the imagination.    

What to expect:

  • The curriculum integrates a study of worship with coursework from our master’s program in theology and biblical studies. Students will deepen their understanding of theology while also studying a history of African American worship along with modern worship dynamics in the African American church. 
  • Examples of topics covered include contemporary issues in worship; the spiritual formation of a worship leader; the theology of African American worship; and God’s kingdom and human imagination in African American worship. 
  • You’ll take one class at a time, with books and materials delivered to your front door. Finish the program in 18 months with a master’s degree in hand.
  • Graduates develop an e-portfolio curated throughout the program that can be used when applying for a new ministry position. 
  • The degree also equips students with the academic credentials needed to teach worship and/or theology at the undergraduate level. Or, students can become qualified to serve in various roles in a church or parachurch setting.

Overview

Strengthen Your Ministry Skills to Serve and Develop Thriving Congregations

This advanced degree equips worship leaders with the insight and tools needed to encourage, engage and edify the African American church.

The Master of Arts in African American worship studies is an innovative degree that combines ministry training with thoughtful and practical ways to serve the Black church.

In this pioneering program, leading African American educators, pastors, musicians, composers, theologians and artists partner with Trevecca faculty to lend expertise and valuable ministry experience in order to equip those in local ministry with tools for supporting and uplifting Black congregations.

The degree is offered through Trevecca’s Center for African American Worship Studies. Leading the center and teaching in the African American worship studies program is Dr. Stephen Newby, an accomplished composer, worship leader and musician with more than 20 years of experience teaching at the college level. 

The degree will primarily be available through an online format, with the option to take three in-person intensive courses at Trevecca’s Nashville campus. The program seeks to equip worship leaders in the areas of spiritual formation, discipleship, ministry application, team building, personal disciplines, theology and principles in leadership. 

While adding to the strong foundation of musical talent and skill already present in many Black churches, the degree also aims to offer worship leaders biblical exegesis and robust theological training. Students also receive insight on how individuals can grow as congregational, educational or parachurch leaders as they seek to create a culture where healthy worship is understood and regularly practiced. 

Through a theological lens, students will explore how to excel in worship-related ministry roles. They’ll also examine how leaders can foster spiritual health among their teams, congregations, colleagues or students. Additionally, emphasis will be given to time management, the pastor/worship pastor relationship and theological integration as it relates to the imagination.    

What to expect:

  • The curriculum integrates a study of worship with coursework from our master’s program in theology and biblical studies. Students will deepen their understanding of theology while also studying a history of African American worship along with modern worship dynamics in the African American church. 
  • Examples of topics covered include contemporary issues in worship; the spiritual formation of a worship leader; the theology of African American worship; and God’s kingdom and human imagination in African American worship. 
  • You’ll take one class at a time, with books and materials delivered to your front door. Finish the program in 18 months with a master’s degree in hand.
  • Graduates develop an e-portfolio curated throughout the program that can be used when applying for a new ministry position. 
  • The degree also equips students with the academic credentials needed to teach worship and/or theology at the undergraduate level. Or, students can become qualified to serve in various roles in a church or parachurch setting.