Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Worship Leadership

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
18 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program


Become an Impactful Christian Leader

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Worship Leadership prepares students for service in worship ministry. This certificate program is designed to equip you with the tools and skills necessary for ministry as an effective worship leader within the church and other Christian worship environments.

This Christian studies program supports the critical competencies of the university's mission - critical thinking, effective communication, Christian worldview, leadership, and global awareness, perspective and ethics. You will focus on the core competencies of worship leadership, including:

  • Identify the biblical bases for worship ministry
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theologically sound practices related to Christian worship
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical developments shaping contemporary Christian worship
  • Demonstrate awareness of skills necessary for effective worship ministry
  • Evaluate ways in which various media shape Christian worship experience

Degree Outcomes

Strengthen Your Skills in Worship Ministry

Graduates of this biblical studies program will be prepared for worship leadership with a foundational knowledge of the nature and practice of worship ministry. You will develop understandings and skills for effective leadership, administration and pastoral care within the local church and other ministerial environments.

What You Will Learn

Gain Greater Knowledge in Christian Worship

Coursework emphasizes a biblical theology of worship while developing character, knowledge and ministerial skills necessary for faithful worship leadership. You will examine the implications of the gospel of Jesus Christ for worship in the Christian community with an emphasis on the Psalms and doxological passages in the Old and New Testaments. You will also explore biblical patterns of praise and worship, understandings of personal and corporate worship, and the formation of worshippers.

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Ministry and Theology
  • Biblical Worship
  • Theology of Worship
  • Christian Worldview and Media
  • Worship Leadership

Career Outcomes

Make an Impact in the Church and Christian Settings

Upon earning this certificate in worship leadership, you may pursue career opportunities in theological, religious and biblical studies, along with professions as a pastor, associate pastor or administrative pastor. Many graduates also seek careers as Christian leaders and other ministerial roles.

Course List

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18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in ministry and theology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is a biblical and theological examination of the relationship between the gospel of Jesus Christ, life in Christ, and worship in the Christian community. Students reflect on biblical patterns of worship and praise and compare them to contemporary expressions, as they develop understandings and habits related to personal and corporate worship. Special attention is given to the Psalms and doxological passages in the Old and New Testaments.

Course Description

This course is a historical and theological study of Christian worship with emphasis on biblical teaching related to personal and corporate worship. Attention is given to the formation of worshipers and historical developments that have shaped contemporary worship.

Course Description

This course examines the ways in which the use of various media affects the expression of the Christian worldview. Special attention is given to developing technologies, the Christian life, and corporate worship. Prerequisite: WOR-601.

Course Description

This course surveys the nature and practice of worship ministry. The course is designed to develop understandings and skills for effective leadership, administration, and pastoral care within the local church and other ministerial environments. Prerequisite: WOR-601.

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Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.