Bushnell University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Worship major will equip the next generation of leaders to pastor people in authentic worship of God. Beyond church ministry positions, students can apply this degree in innovative and relevant ways within intercultural and para-church organizations.

Christian Worship majors at Bushnell gain a strong foundation through a biblically and theologically sound course-load. They learn to not only think theologically, historically, and biblically about worship, but they are challenged to contextualize it for today’s culture. For flexibility and enhancement of study expertise, students may choose a concentration in Music or Creative Arts.

WHY CHOOSE CHRISTIAN WORSHIP AT BUSHNELL?

In addition to its innovative and theologically strong curriculum, Bushnell University’s Christian Worship program will help the student in the following:

  • Become better worshipers.  Students will learn what it means to experience the privilege of offering public worship to God in Christ through the Spirit and to grow in the joy of new life in Christ.
  • Become better worship theologians. Students will learn how to critically think through and articulate key biblical, historical and theological aspects of Christian corporate worship.
  • Become better pastoral worship leaders. Students will learn to develop pastoral skills for applying Christian worship principles in church and para-church settings.
  • Become better creative arts or music technologists. Students will learn how to incorporate these skills to enhance the beauty of worship in the church and many other cultural settings.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Career Opportunities in Christian Worship:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Camp/Retreat Center Director
  • Youth Minister
  • Children’s Ministry/Pastor
  • Professor at a Christian University
  • Campus Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Women’s Pastor
  • Men’s Pastor
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Worship Leader
  • Music Pastor
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Conductor
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Arranger

Auditions & Scholarships

All students who desire to pursue a degree in Christian Worship, Contemporary Music Industry, or Music must complete the audition process in addition to fulfilling the Bushnell admission requirements.  *The audition provides the faculty with an opportunity to measure your potential success as a major or minor and to determine whether you will be admitted to the program.  Scholarships may be awarded to eligible students.

*Students interested in ensemble participation only may still complete the audition process to be considered for an ensemble and to be eligible for a potential participation scholarship.

Audition Process:

The audition process consists of three components:  essay application, personal interview, and music audition.

Essay Application:

The essay should be approximately 350-500 words and help us get to know you. The topics that you should address are: Why are you interested in studying Music, Christian Worship or Contemporary Music Industry? Why Bushnell? What are your career goals at this point in your life? What ministry experiences have you had? And what relevant training have you had for your intended major to this point (private lessons, courses, ensembles, internships etc.)?

The application must be submitted prior to your scheduled audition.

Performing Arts Audition Application

Interview:

The personal interview is designed to help us get to know you better and to be able to interact with you personally. The interview can be part of your on-campus music audition. You should be nicely dressed and be ready to interact with faculty regarding your essay.

Audition:

For the performance portion of your audition, please prepare two selections in your strongest performance area(s).  If possible, we would encourage you to prepare songs in differing styles.  In addition, students auditioning for the Music major may be asked to sight-read vocally or instrumentally.

*Non-music audition alternative: Bring portfolio of your work or resume of experience with you to your interview.

Audition Dates:

The department has dedicated the following dates as audition days:

  •  Fall Preview Day
    • Please note the financial aid priority deadline for Fall 2020 applicants is December 1st.  We encourage seniors to audition by this date for priority scholarship consideration.
  •  Spring Preview Day
  • Please note the financial aid priority deadline for Spring 2021 applicants is March 1st.  We encourage seniors to audition by this date for priority scholarship consideration.
  • If unable to attend a designated audition day, specially scheduled auditions can be made on most weekdays (Monday-Friday) throughout the year. Click HERE to submit a Bushnell Visit Request form.  Select “Audition for Performing Arts” on your requested appointments and they will help coordinate a specific time.
  • Though on campus auditions are preferred, if travel distance makes it impractical for you to perform an on campus audition then you may record and submit a video audition. Contact music@bushnell.edu for further instructions.

Courses in the Christian Worship Major

Prerequisites for Christian Worship

  • Christian Doctrine
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
  • The Christian Artist
  • Elementary Greek I & II or Classical Hebrew for Beginners I & II, or another foreign language as approved by the program faculty

Requirements for Christian Worship

  • The Worshiping Community
  • Worship Theology and Planning
  • History of Worship in the Church
  • Leadership Skills for Ministry
  • Sacred Seasons & Time
  • Orality: 50 Bibilical Stories Essential for Ministry
  • Internship
  • Capstone
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Church Planting and Turning Around Hurting Churches
    • Connecting with a Skeptical World
    • Preaching
    • Pastoral Ministry

Choose a Concentration:

Creative Arts Concentration

  • Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • Acting
  • Any additional upper division MUS, Ensemble and/or Applied Music
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Live Sound Production
    • Lighting & Design
    • Video Production

Music Concentration

  • Music Theory I
  • Ear Training & Sightreading I
  • Music Technology
  • Choose one of the following
    • Music Arranging & Producing
    • Conducting & Rehearsing I
  • Applied Music – Primary Performance Medium
    • 100 Level Instruction
    • 200 Level Instruction
  • Ensemble
  • Grove Collective Practicum: Worship

Courses in the Christian Worship Minor

Prerequisites for Christian Worship Minor

  • Christian Doctrine
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication

Requirements for Christian Worship Minor

  • The Worshiping Community
  • Worship Theology and Planning
  • History of Worship in the Church
  • Sacred Seasons & Time
  • Orality: 50 Biblical Stories Essential for Ministry
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Church Planting and Turning Around Hurting Churches
    • Connecting with a Skeptical World
    • Preaching
    • Pastoral Ministry
Program Director
Karen De Young, DWS
Associate Dean of Music and Performing Arts

D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies M.A., Liberty University B.A., Azusa Pacific …