Develop Your Talents in Worship Media and Production
Combine your creative talents with your passion for worship and pursue a higher calling in media ministry. Grand Canyon University invites future Christian leaders to apply for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Media and Production Ministry. While pursuing this degree, you will have opportunities to strengthen your faith and build a Christian character while taking a deep dive into biblical teachings, ministry skills and worship media competencies.
GCU’s media ministry classes explore how multimedia and emerging technologies can be used to engage diverse congregations while staying true to Christian doctrine and biblical truths. The integration of innovative media technologies into the ministry may provide an enticing pathway for those who are seeking the Word of God.
Earn Your Worship Arts Degree With a Media Ministry Emphasis at GCU
Offered by the College of Theology, this BA in Worship Arts: Production and Media Ministry emphasis combines curriculum in worship leadership, ministry and technical direction. You will be taught to develop a solid framework of technical skills that are directly applicable to today’s ministry and worship programs in church and parachurch settings.
Through our media and worship production emphasis, you are encouraged to reflect upon your own relationship with Jesus Christ and will be guided in developing foundational knowledge in Christian doctrine, history, theology and philosophy.
Competencies Taught in Production and Media Ministry Classes
GCU strives to graduate media ministry students who are transformative leaders, effective communicators and innovative thinkers. GCU’s media ministry classes can prompt you to practice keen interpersonal skills as you prepare to minister to others with sensitivity and wisdom.
The BA in Worship Arts: Media and Production Ministry emphasis looks to nurture your creativity while teaching you critical technical skills, enabling you to work toward becoming a contributor to all aspects of media ministry production. You can benefit from the diverse perspectives of your peers and the thoughtful guidance of your instructors as you work through the curriculum. Courses in ministry media and worship production teach the following competencies:
- Fundamental concepts in sound theory, acoustic principles, microphone types and techniques, sound equipment, cable management and stage arrangement
- Digital audio workstation (DAW) software usage through hands-on recording sessions that cover tracking, editing, mixing and producing recordings
- Worship leadership skills, as well as pastoral care and administration skills within church and other worship settings
- Best practices in stagecraft, including the elements of designing scenery and lighting for worship services
Experience Curriculum That Blends Theology and Technical Studies
Curriculum in this degree is designed to provide a thoughtful journey that combines Christian theology and doctrine with technical studies. The media and production ministry courses offer many opportunities for hands-on, collaborative projects. You will work together with your peers and instructors to conduct sound recording, support live events, create media and develop a unique production for worship ministry.
This program requires that you complete an internship experience in a professional setting. The worship production and media ministry field experience is designed to give you three core advantages:
- Can help you to reinforce program competencies
- Allows you to reflect on your personal and spiritual growth
- Can give you practical and leadership experience in the worship arts arena
Career Paths for Graduates With a Worship Media and Production Ministry Focus
The theological knowledge you will be taught and the hands-on experience you can gain at GCU is directly applicable to a future career in the worship arts. The Center for Worship Arts at GCU supports anyone who wishes to pursue a recording career. However, its focus is on training those who wish to become professional worship leaders in church and parachurch settings. Professional worship leaders channel their talents toward bringing people to God.
Job Opportunities for Graduates With a BA in Worship Arts
The goal of GCU’s worship media emphasis is to provide you with opportunities to acquire key skills and professional demeanor that are applicable to ministering in a Christian worship setting. Media and production skills such as motion graphics creation, audio mixing and video editing are taught to help provide preparation for pursuing a broad range of roles within the worship field. Graduates may consider pursuing the role of an agent for other performers or potential managerial roles in the industry.
Graduate With a BA in Worship Arts From an Institutionally Accredited University
GCU has a longstanding mission of striving toward academic excellence by providing our students with quality instruction and curriculum and student support resources. Our institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1968 is a reflection of our dedication to our students. The College of Theology shares the university’s commitment to upholding the principles and standards established by our accrediting bodies.
BA in Worship Arts: Media and Production Ministry Emphasis FAQs
Before you enroll as a worship media student, you may wish to do some background research on the field. Use the following FAQs and answers as a starting point.
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2 Horrell, D. (2019, Feb. 1). What is contemporary worship. The Parish Paper. Retrieved Dec. 19, 2023.
3 Worship Leader Magazine. (2019, March 18). 10 roles of music in a service of worship. Retrieved Dec. 19, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.