Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Leadership

As a worship leadership major at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, you’ll take musical study and pastoral leadership courses to prepare for your calling. Our distinctive program blends these two fields so you can serve the musical needs of your local church and be a part of a pastoral team. Take music theory, conducting, and songwriting courses to improve your skills. You’ll also take leadership classes and complete internship hours for firsthand ministry experience. Be prepared to use your musical giftings to serve the church with a bachelor’s degree in worship leadership from SAGU.

Why Major in Worship Leadership at SAGU?

Real-World Experience and Resources

The worship leadership bachelor’s degree provides many opportunities to grow and practice your worship and leadership skills. You’ll take two leadership internship courses to get real-life experience as a church leader. Serve at a local church or ministry to provide pastoral care or lead worship. Your internship supervisor and professors will help you build your confidence as you walk in your calling.

The College of Bible and Church Ministry hosts a yearly apologetics seminar to equip students to follow the Great Commission. By attending this program, you’ll learn how to defend the gospel and communicate truth to others in love. Be prepared to spread the good news of the kingdom of God.

SAGU also hosts annual credentialing days to connect worship leadership students with Assemblies of God district officials. They will meet with you and answer questions about the processes and responsibilities of receiving your pastoral credentials. We typically have district officials from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Louisiana join us.

Exemplary Online Program

As an online student, you can take SAGU’s bachelor’s degree in worship leadership and get the same rigorous, biblically-based education in a flexible format that works for you. Our compassionate faculty are experts in online learning, and they’ll ensure you stay on track to graduate. Network with classmates from across the country as part of our online community, and access helpful online resources from SAGU.

Our online program also allows you to graduate more quickly. We offer two seven-week sessions within a traditional semester, which means you can complete courses more quickly in a focused timeframe. We also offer many online courses in the summer so you can progress towards degree completion throughout the entire year. In 2020, we were ranked by as having one of the fastest online bachelor’s degrees in the nation.

Learn more about SAGU’s online degree options

The SAGU Difference

Be prepared for your God-given calling at SAGU. Join our Spirit-filled community where worship is a lifestyle. You’ll have the Bible as your core foundation, and your professors will care about you as an individual as they mentor you. Grow in your leadership skills as you engage in student ministry opportunities, from mission trips to after-school outreach.

Affordability & Value

SAGU believes that everyone should be able to afford a private Christian education. We also offer generous financial aid packages, and 90% of our students receive financial aid.

If you are an on-campus, full-time worship leadership major, you may be eligible to receive 50% off tuition. Learn more about this amazing ministry degree guarantee.

What You’ll Learn in the Worship Leadership Degree Program

In the worship leadership curriculum, you’ll receive a solid foundation in biblical studies, leadership, and musical expertise.

General Education Studies

You’ll complete 55 hours of general education studies for a well-rounded college education. These courses will give you the speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills you need to communicate and solve problems in your future vocation. Your general education studies courses will also include performing in an on-campus ensemble and attending recitals. Ensembles can include jazz ensemble, string ensemble, and chapel worship.

You’ll also take 18 hours of biblical studies courses. Classes include:

  • Introduction to Theology and Apologetics
  • Authentic Christianity
  • Introduction to Biblical Literature
  • The Church in Ministry and Mission

Major Studies

Develop your musical and leadership skills with your coursework as a worship leadership major. You’ll take lessons in your primary instrument (voice, guitar, piano, trumpet, etc.) and perform in a senior recital. You’ll also complete music courses in:

  • Music Theory I and II
  • Introduction to Music Composition
  • Choral Conduction or Instrumental Conducting
  • Biblical Principles of Worship
  • Audio Production for Music
  • Worship Technologies
  • Songwriting
  • Church Music History

For your leadership courses, you’ll study:

  • Leadership in Ministry
  • Introduction to Leadership Internships
  • Leadership Internship I and II
  • Christian Ethics
  • Systematic Theology II
View the SAGU Catalog for course descriptions


Careers and Outcomes for Worship Leadership Graduates

With a bachelor’s degree in worship leadership, you will be ready for many careers that require leadership training. You can serve in churches, outreach ministries, and nonprofit organizations. You can use your musical talents directly in your vocation or as a way to connect with people in your job.

Your worship leadership degree prepares you for career possibilities that include:

  • Author
  • Chaplain
  • Children, family or youth pastor
  • Church planter
  • Coach
  • Community outreach leader
  • Community relations coordinator
  • Conference director
  • Evangelist
  • Foreign or domestic missionary
  • Program manager at a non-profit
  • Ministry director
  • Ministry leader
  • Program director
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Senior or lead pastor
  • Social worker
  • Sociologist
  • Spiritual care counselor
  • Teacher
  • Volunteer engagement director
  • Youth & children coordinator
  • Youth director

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