What Is Media Ministry?
Combine your creative talents with your passion for worship and pursue a higher calling in media ministry. Grand Canyon University (GCU) invites future Christian leaders to apply for the bachelor’s in worship arts degree with a media and production ministry emphasis.
This worship arts degree guides students in understanding 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 provides an enticing pathway for those who are seeking the Word of God.
Offered by the College of Theology, this modern BA in worship arts – production and media ministry degree combines worship leadership, ministry and technical direction. Students develop a solid framework of technical skills that are directly applicable to today's worship programs in church and para-church settings.
Through this contemporary degree program, worship media students are encouraged to reflect upon their own relationship with Jesus Christ, and to develop foundational knowledge in Christian doctrine, history, theology and philosophy.
At the heart of this media ministry degree is GCU’s Center for Worship Arts (CWA). CWA features a high-tech recording studio, enabling students to glorify God while expressing their musical talents. Students have opportunities to participate in worship-related ensembles, produce original work and undergo intensive musical worship training.
What Will You Learn From a Media Ministry Worship Arts Degree?
GCU strives to graduate media ministry students who are thoughtful servant leaders, skilled communicators and ethical problem solvers. As a worship production student, you will develop keen interpersonal skills necessary to minister to others with sensitivity and wisdom.
This worship arts degree nurtures your creativity while it builds your technical skills and expertise, enabling you to become a valuable contributor to all aspects of media ministry production. Benefit from the diverse perspectives of your peers and the thoughtful guidance of your instructors as you work through the following courses:
- Production Leadership for Worship Arts
- Philosophy of Music in Christian Worship
- Stagecraft and Lighting for Contemporary Worship
- Media and Production for Worship Ministry
- Introduction to Sound for Contemporary Worship
The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts - Media and Production Ministry curriculum is an intensive journey that combines Christian theology and doctrine with technical studies. This degree program offers students many opportunities for hands-on, collaborative projects during courses such as Worship Labs, Digital Audio Workstation, Sound Reinforcement, Lighting, and Digital Film. Students work together to conduct sound recording, support live events, create media and develop a unique production for worship ministry.
All students taking this emphasis are required to complete an internship experience in a professional setting. The worship media ministry field experience gives students three core advantages:
- Enables students to reinforce program competencies
- Allows them to reflect on their personal and spiritual growth
- Gives students practical and leadership experience in the worship arts arena
What Can You Do With a Worship Media Ministry Degree?
The theological knowledge and hands-on experience you will gain at GCU is directly applicable to a future career in the worship arts. The Center for Worship Arts at GCU is highly supportive of students who wish to pursue a recording career. However, its focus is on training students who wish to become professional worship leaders in church and para-church settings. Professional worship leaders channel their talents toward bringing people to God.
Career Opportunities With a Worship Production and Media Degree
GCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts with an Emphasis in Media and Production degree can help provide the skills and confidence students need to minister in a Christian worship setting. Skills such as motion graphics creation, audio mixing and video editing are learned to help provide opportunities in a broad range of roles within the worship field. Some careers require prior experience, while others are geared for those who are getting started. Possible media ministry careers include:1
- Media and technology director
- Media/video production manager
- Video producer
- Worship technician
- Audio manager
- Music operations manager
- Communications manager
Media Ministry Degree FAQs:
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.