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Academics: Ministry Leadership Minor with an emphasis in Music in Worship

It is important that those who serve the church through music are versatile musicians, able to provide musical leadership in appropriate ways for a variety of congregational needs. The Music in Worship emphasis in the Ministry Leadership Minor is intended to provide a foundation for such service. To build on that foundation, many students will want to consider taking a major in music along with the minor. The ability to read music fluently, interpret various styles, and understand the context in which musical languages develop contributes to confidence in music making. Successful church musicians understand the musical needs of the church where they serve, and they are able to create, adapt, and use the best music to meet those needs.

Many Calvin students already serve as worship leaders or as members of a worship team in their home church. If you are looking for a program that will help you grow in your understanding of music in worship, give you opportunities to hone your skills through practice and training in musicianship, and expand your vision for music in the global church, this program is designed for you.


Requirements for Ministry Leadership Minor: Music in Worship

1.CMS 151—Church and Society (3 hours), or approved interim

2. One additional 200 level Religion course beyond core, in Bible or Theology(3 hours). If students have taken Biblical Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from REL 230-235 to fulfill this requirement. If students have taken Theological Foundations II as their second Religion core course, then they should take one course from 211-224 to fulfill this requirement.

3. Cluster of courses with an emphasis in MUSIC IN WORSHIP (9 hours)

  • REL 237, Christian Worship (3)
    A study of the history, theology, and practice of Christian worship.
  • MUS 236, Music in Worship (3)
    A historically and theologically-informed course on Christian congregational song, ranging from Old Testament psalms to contemporary praise-worship songs, from traditional Western hymnody to global worship songs, with some attention to cultural context and practical issues
  • Three credit hours from:
    • MUSC 131 Campus Choir (1). This ensemble performs choral literature related to the practice of Christian worship throughout the history of the church and in many cultures. Open to all students who meet the requirements of voice and musicianship.
    • MUSC 182 Gospel Choir (1). The choir’s mission is to proclaim the word of God and hope in song, uniting believers for this common purpose. The repertoire consists of spirituals, African music, anthems, contemporary, jazz, and African-American gospel music.
    • MUSC 221 Piano Accompanying in Worship (1). Private lessons in effective leadership of congregational singing from the piano. Also includes instruction in other kinds of accompanying that occurs in worship and some study of appropriate solo repertory.

4. 3 credit hours from a complementary area of interest:

Students will choose a course they did not count toward the requirements listed in number 3 from the following:

  • CMS 251-- Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices (1), which may be taken up to three times
  • CMS 374 -- Youth and Family Ministry (2 hours)
  • CMS 378 -- A Christian Calling: Proclaiming Jubilee as a Christian Leader
  • CMS 375 -- Ministry, Leadership, and Community Development
  • REL 252 -- Introduction to Missions

5. CMS 381 Ministry Studies Internship (3 hours), with specialized placements in the area of student interests/emphasis

KEY FACULTY PERSONS: Prof. Timothy Steele (Music Dept)
Other key faculty: Norma de Waal Malefyt (Worship Institute), Paul Ryan (Campus Ministries), Pearl Shangkuan (Music Dept), David Fuentes (Music Dept), Benita Wolters-Fredlund (Music Dept), Greg Scheer (Worship Institute)