If you follow your love for Jesus Christ, glorify God, possess a passion for music and dream to pursue worship leadership, then the College of Theology at GCU is where to call your learning ground—and your academic home. The Center for Worship Arts program aims to cultivate talented and ministry-inspired students into next-generation Christian worship leaders through musical skill. Here are six reasons to explore the Center for Worship Arts and discover why this program is your pathway toward finding your purpose as a Lope.
1. Well-Rounded Education in Musical Worship
GCU’s Center for Worship Arts program emphasizes theology, business, and music as the worship arts trifecta for developing in-demand worship leaders. By incorporating key elements from the Colangelo College of Business, College of Fine Arts and Production, and College of Theology, you will develop the skills essential for providing musical worship services in churches. This program focuses on theological, business and musical training in order to develop next-generation leaders for churches across the world.
2. State-of-the-Art Recording Studio
GCU’s recording studio was designed to foster community and inspire our future worship leaders through creative outlets. Through this studio, you have the opportunity and support to express, collaborate and share your passion. The studio features a 1,466-square-foot space with four isolation booths designed to accommodate large and small bands, along with a 254-square-foot studio for vocal overdubs, voiceovers, instrument playing, and post-production editing. The 1,172-square-foot central control room also provides hands-on experiences.
3. True Student Talent
Since its inception in fall 2014, the Center for Worship Arts program has grown to have more than 100 freshman students—all who possess amazing talent. Three freshmen traveled to Nashville to collaborate with Millard on the Center’s first recording and three-song EP “Canyon Worship.” The track “Follow You” hit No. 37 on the iTunes Christian singles chart. Through the studio, GCU aims to release one album per year, and the college has produced 55 original songs so far in 2016.
4. Collaboration with Rend Collective
For Desiree Aguilar who wrote and sang “Follow You,” she attributes working with Rend Collective as one of the many reasons why it’s great to be a student in GCU’s Center for Worship Arts. Rend Collective, the popular Christian band from Bangor, Northern Ireland, visited campus for the second time to have Worship Arts students sing backup vocals. The band professes their love for the worship program, especially because it teaches students how to be good servants and serve the church.
5. Professional Preparation Meets Calling from God
The center supports students who dream to pursue a recording career. However, the center focuses on shaping students into a professional worship leader—a musician who leads the church congregation in song during worship services. This program is designed to provide students with the experience of working in music with a theology degree as its foundation. In the Center for Worship Arts program, you’re not only preparing for a career, but you’re also following your calling surrounded by the love of Jesus and peers who share your same values and aspirations. Interested in the Center for Worship Arts program in the College of Theology? Learn more about the audition process and finding your purpose in worship leadership.
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