Advanced Certificate

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Our Worship Arts Advanced Certificate is designed to provide an opportunity for students to build a strong foundation for worship that is expressed in both everyday life and church ministry. Whether you are an accomplished musician or a beginner, seek to be a trained volunteer in your church, exploring a call into worship arts ministry or other education and career paths, it is our desire for students to discover how worship affects and permeates all of life.

EXPERIENCE

Learning is enhanced by experience and practice makes permanent, so we want you to have as many opportunities to develop your skills and gifts as possible. The core of our program is participation on worship teams.  It is in this community of like-minded worshipers that your abilities are truly developed. Whether you seek to lead a worship team or grow in you’re your musical and technical skills, there is a place for you. If you would like to contribute through media and technology or be involved on worship teams, there will plenty of opportunity through our chapels and practicums.

EDUCATION

So, let’s begin the journey. Worship principles that are rooted in the story of God will inform the student in designing and leading biblically faithful worship experiences. Our music theory courses will give the student tools to lead music confidently and creatively. The songwriting course will be the creative culmination of the music theory, giving students opportunity to craft and showcase original worship songs. Finally, our practicums will invite opportunity for collaborative worship learning and practice.

 

Worship Arts Advanced Certificate

YEAR 1

  • Fall Courses
    PS162 3 hrs

    The central role of any worship leader today is pastoral. Leading God’s people in song and prayer requires an approach that is rooted in God’s story, pastoral, and participatory. This course is designed to introduce a variety of aspects related to designing and leading a worship service while cultivating a pastoral heart for worship ministry.

    GS101 3 hrs

    Interpersonal Communication is designed to increase an individual’s understanding and implementation of effective interpersonal communication behaviors and skills. This course will help the student as they begin to understand communication and to assist them into becoming an effective and creative communicator. Verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process between individuals in various interpersonal contexts will be examined.

    Various models, methods, theories and practices of communication will be examined, as well participation in written and verbal activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills. The goal of this course is to assist the student in using what is taught and applying it to the various settings that the student will find themselves in.

    Course Outcomes
    1) Clarify the importance of communication in daily life and ministry.
    2) To help evaluate interpersonal communication skills and develop competency in interpersonal communication.
    3) Examine how an individual’s personality, culture, family background, society and mass media affect how a person communicates.
    4) Explore the complexities and intricacies of verbal and nonverbal communication.

    BT103 3 hrs

    This course introduces to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We will look at the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, water baptism, and communion as well as the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Practical and experiential attention will be given to the nine fruit and gifts of the Spirit as lived out in our personal lives and corporate life of the church. A small group component is also a major part of the course.

    BT101 3 hrs

    This entry level course is designed to demonstrate the importance and relevancy of the whole Bible for today. For many, it is a mystery how the Old Testament is related to the New Testament. Some think the former is a source of unrelated devotional stories, laws and prophecies. In truth, the two testaments are the complete story of God’s progressive plan for his people. There can be no real understanding of the New Testament without a clear view of the overall message of the Old Testament. It is the purpose of this course to concisely trace the story of Scripture, and to help students build a central foundation with which they can understand, interpret and apply God’s word to their lives today.

     

    FE161 1 hrs

    This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

    BT102 3 hrs

    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, special hermeneutics, and the principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devices that are present in the Bible. A secondary, but essential, emphasis will be given to the role of the Spirit in interpreting the text of Scripture.

  • Winter Courses
    FE162 1 hrs

    This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time and 53 hours of ministry experience through the college.

    PS163 3 hrs

    This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyze, and listen. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. Students are required to complete this course with a grade of 80% course in order to continue on to PS261 Advanced Music Theory and Ear Training.

    PS161 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the biblical foundations of the role of worship in the ministry of the local church. A prominent worship theologian writes that worship sings, tells, and enacts God’s Story. A survey of worship throughout the story of God will engage students in an investigation of practical, theological and philosophical issues related to Christian worship practices.

    GS102 3 hrs

    An exploration of worldviews as intellectual, behavioural, and value systems in relation to culture. These powerful forces shape the lives of people often without clear reflection on the part of the holder. A person’s worldview has a huge influence on identity formation. Therefore, it is crucial to increase awareness and purposeful development of our worldview.

    BT105 3 hrs

    The purpose of this course is to examine the teaching of the Bible and develop a systematic theology that addresses four important themes: the Word of God, the doctrine of God, biblical anthropology, and the doctrine of sin. Efforts will be made to explain how these themes are developed through promise and fulfilment from Genesis to Revelation.

    BT104 3 hrs

    This course is an introduction to the Gospels. It will focus on the four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Issues relating to the synoptic problem will be explored, as well as the unique contribution of each gospel. The literary nature of the gospels will be examined, exploring the gospels as story, as well as their theological impact. As the title implies, this course will emphasize our response to the gospels: what it means to follow Jesus. The focal point the Gospels have within God’s progressive revelation will be emphasized, as well as the integral part they play in personal, relational, and ministerial contexts.

YEAR 2

  • Fall Courses
    PS261 3 hrs

    This course is a continuation of the fundamentals of music theory and focuses on both written and aural work relative to harmony and melody. Through analysis and written assignments, students will learn the very basics of diatonic harmony and learn simple formal structures. Basic harmonic functions as well as phrase structure and embellishing tones will be covered.
    In addition, students will be taught various methods for ear training to develop their musicianship and enhance their learning and understanding of theory and harmony. Sight-singing, dictation of melody, rhythm, and harmony will be covered. The application of sol-fa syllables and a moveable do system will be used throughout the course.

    Prerequisite: Introductory Music Theory (PS163)

    FE261 1 hrs

    This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    PS262 3 hrs

    This course will develop your skills in the use of the digital sound board and other areas of live production. The emphasis will be on the practical workings of a sound system integrating theoretical explanations when clarification is needed. We will use real world applications whenever appropriate.

    PS201 3 hrs

    Class participants will have an opportunity to learn sermon-building techniques through training in manuscript preparation and delivery styles. A lab component of the study requires the student to deliver a biblically-based message to fellow class members, and evaluate all other messages shared in the course. Prerequisite: Hermeneutics

    GS203 3 hrs

    This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology, which includes a survey of biology, the development of personality, emotions, mental illness, and the learning process.

    GS207 3 hrs

    Course description coming soon.

  • Winter Courses
    FE262 1 hrs

    This course provides practical ministry experience that will enhance the student both practically and spiritually. Students will learn to effectively function as part of a worship team through ministry teams in a variety of contexts in order to cultivate a fruitful ministry brought about by worshiping in spirit and in truth as in John 4:23-24. Students will have 7 hours of class time, 23 hours of ministry experience through the college, and 30 hours of ministry experience through a local church or ministry in the area of Worship Arts.

    Prerequisite: Practicum: Worship Arts Ministry – Year 1 Winter

    PS263 3 hrs

    Songwriting can be achieved in many different forms. Through new found theory knowledge, students will establish a foundation in perspective songwriting, arrangement, and unique forms of creative arts. While this course leads in songwriting, theory and arrangement, students will develop strengths in song analysis and leadership in writing as worship artists.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Music Theory and Eartraining (PS261)

    GS204 3 hrs

    This is a survey course to introduce the student to the history of the Christian church primarily focusing on renewal and revival movements. This course examines the history of the church as it developed from the apostles to the present era. The course objective is to thoroughly acquaint the student with the historical and theological development of key figures, movements, and doctrines.

    BT201 3 hrs

    The book of Romans is crucial in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this course, students explore the rich truths of justification, salvation, and sanctification and other significant topics both exegetical and theological studies of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. It is the intent of the instructor to look at the various details and application of the Gospel as taught by the Apostle Paul in this great epistle. This course is designed to teach the student how to interpret and apply the book of Romans in their ministry context and to be challenged, inspired, and equipped in his or her own spiritual walk.

    BT205 3 hrs

    From the foundations of the world, the salvation of a people has been God’s intent, and His Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth to complete such a redemption. The purpose of this course is to give the student a thorough perspective on two of the greatest pillars of the Christian faith: A Biblical Christology and Soteriology. The study of the nature, life, and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ along with a truly Biblical understanding of the nature of our salvation is an essential part of forming a Biblical basis for the student’s faith in our Lord and a foundation for effective ministry in the future. This course emphasizes the central place that Jesus has in God’s continuing plan of salvation and that by believing in Him, we find our place within the story. Prerequisite: Theology 1: God and the Human Condition

    BT202 3 hrs

    The Pentateuch has always been regarded as a significant part of Scripture. It gives us an explanation of the world and its inhabitants. It explains the origins of sin and traces its consequences. It introduces the idea of a chosen people through whom the world will be redeemed. In the law it sent out a pattern for society and in the Ten Commandments expresses principles of behavior that have commanded almost universal respect. For modern readers, these key books are often viewed as the most problematic, historically, ethically and theologically. However, it is in this tension that there is such continuing interest in these books. The student will be introduced to the content and significance of this portion of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Attention to be given to the matters of contemporary critical issues as well as the foundational basis of Christian history through creation and beyond. The place of the Pentateuch will also be examined in relation to God’s continuing story in the rest of Scripture. In addition, the personal, practical and applicable use of these scriptures for Christian ministry and witness will be addressed.

OUTCOMES

It is our goal that by the end of this two-year program the student will:

  • Understand what biblical worship is expressed in both life and church ministry.
  • Develop greater confidence in worship leadership so that you can minister effectively in a variety of settings.
  • Be a worshiper responding to the heart of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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