Division of Worship Ministries


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“You and I were made to worship,
You and I are called to love,
You and I are forgiven and free.
When you and I embrace surrender,
When you and I choose to believe,
Then you and I will see who we were meant to be.”

“Made to Worship” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Stephan Sharp, featured on Tomlin’s album, See the Morning, 2006.

The contemporary songwriters evoke the ancient truth of scripture as spoken by Isaiah the prophet; everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord was created to give him glory, to worship the Holy Trinity in spirit and in truth ( and ). We, all of us, are truly made to worship, it is the very essence of who we are.

But what exactly is “worship?” Is it corporately gathering to sing songs that glorify God? Is it time spent alone in prayer and communion with the Father? Is it acts of service and ministry in the name of The Son? Is it encountering God through The Story of His Word? Yes, yes, yes and yes!

Worship is so much more than that hour when we gather on Sunday morning, worship is the gospel in motion.

“Worship celebrates God’s great acts of salvation. During worship God communicates to the worshipers his salvation and healing, to which the people respond with faith, praise, prayer, thanksgiving, and a life of service to the world.” Dr. Robert Webber, Worship Old and New, 1994.

At The Kaleo Institute the study of biblical worship goes far beyond the examination of the hour or two that we corporately gather on Sunday morning. Of course you will examine Sunday worship, the role of music and the arts, the services of the Christian year, the sacred actions of worship, and the ministries of worship (of which you can choose to do a more in-depth study in the areas of Christian counseling, Christian education, pastoral ministries, women’s ministries, or youth ministries- see below for details), but you will also study every book of the Old and New Testament. You will examine the science and process of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) and the power of explaining your faith (apologetics). Each course is taught focusing on culturally relevant practical implications and life transformation versus information transferral as the primary goal. When you graduate you have a wholeness approach to worship that allows you to better serve Christ’s church as a pastor, evangelist, worship leader, youth minister, children’s pastor, pastoral counselor, or teacher.

Potential Career Options

  • Senior Pastor
  • Associate/Assistant Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Worship Pastor/Leader
  • Songwriter

Program Objectives
These objectives build on the Biblical and Theological Studies division primary objectives:
1. Students will gain an understanding into the meaning of scripture by applying sound hermeneutics and the necessary exegetical tools and concepts to explore its contents and use their discoveries to develop a sound theological system of its teachings:
2. Students will become proficient in personal Bible study by mastering the tools required for the task.
3. Students will become motivated Children of God who are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord Jesus through daily prayer, Bible study, corporate worship, and demonstrate the Fruits of the Spirit in their daily lives.
4. Students will be able to use the standard found in the Bible as a basis for critical and logical decision making.
5. Students will be equipped to share the hope found in Christ with a lost and dying world in order to effectively communicate the Gospel of Salvation.
6. In preparation for worship ministry, students will become knowledgeable in the key areas as outlined by Jesus in the Great Commission of , evangelism and discipleship.
7. Worship Studies students will gain hands on, mentored experience in real world ministry situations in their local church or ministry situation.
8. Worship Studies students will become knowledgeable in the basics of worship and music ministry, including the Biblical and historical foundations of why we worship and the practical aspects of leading a worship service.
9. Worship Studies students will learn the importance of servant leadership, with the model of Christ as the ultimate example.

Course Requirements for the Worship Ministries Major in the Associate of Ministries Program

Professional Studies 19 credit hours

Worship Ministries
WSP 101: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Worship I 3 Credit Hours
WSP 201: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Worship II 3 Credit Hours
WSP 310: The History and Practice of Music and the Arts in Worship Ministries 3 Credit Hours
WSP 320: Sunday Morning and Beyond: A Practical Worship Approach and Methodology 3 Credit Hours
WSP 408: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 3 Credit Hours
Personal Interest Elective (From list below) 3 Credit Hours

Course Requirements for the Worship Ministries Major in the Bachelor of Ministries Program

Professional Studies 39 Credit Hours

WSP 101: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Worship I 3 Credit Hours
WSP 201: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Worship II 3 Credit Hours
WSP 310: The History and Practice of Music and the Arts in Worship Ministries 3 Credit Hours
WSP 320: Sunday Morning and Beyond: A Practical Worship Approach and Methodology 3 Credit Hours
WSP 408: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 3 Credit Hours
WSP 410: Senior Worship Project 3 Credit Hours
GRK 101: Introduction to Biblical Languages I 3 Credit Hours
GRK 201: Introduction to Biblical Languages II 3 Credit Hours
PTH 208: Foundation of Church Ministries 3 Credit Hours

Plus Elective Block:

Christian Counseling
CNS 234: Codependency 3 Credit Hours
CNS 331: Marriage and Family Counseling 3 Credit Hours
CNS 337: Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counseling 3 Credit Hours

Christian Education
CED 101: Introduction to Christian Education 3 Credit Hours
CED 111: Dynamic Methods of Teaching 3 Credit Hours
CED 301: Administration of Christian Education 3 Credit Hours

Pastoral Ministries
PRE 101: Homiletics 3 Credit Hours
PTH 301: Leadership Principles 3 Credit Hours
PTH 408 Conflict Management 3 Credit Hours

Women’s Ministries
CNS 331: Marriage and Family Counseling 3 Credit Hours
PTH 402: Theology of Gender in Ministry 3 Credit Hours
THE 490: Specialized Theological Study 3 Credit Hours

Youth Ministries
YM 101: Introduction to Youth Ministry 3 Credit Hours
YM 241: Counseling Youth 3 Credit Hours
YM 310: Speaking to Youth 3 Credit Hours

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everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.” (ESV)

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (ESV)

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

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