bachelor of arts in ministry:
Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Worship Leading and Music
Four Year Program (122 credits)
Courses revolve around:
Worship Leading and Music: In Depth
About Worship Leading and Music
Worship Arts program students will have the opportunity to enjoy the following extra-curricular experiences.
Music Appreciation Night: Music appreciation nights occur two times per term and are dedicated to the viewing of, listening to and discussing of musical documentaries, videos and recordings hand-picked by MWA faculty and visiting adjuncts and speakers. These laid-back evenings provide students a chance to learn and build relationships in a relaxed environment with their peers and teachers.
Field trips: Throughout the year, program students will be able to take part in two field trips that will expand their appreciation and knowledge of the arts, including theatre, dance and song.
Variety of visitors: The first year of the program saw a variety of visiting speakers and special guests including: Mark Buchanan (well-known pastor, speaker and author), Teresa Trask, Brian Thiessen and Calum Rees of the SHIYR Poets, Debbie Fortnum (singer/songwriter and speaker), and Joyce Rees (well-known speaker across Canada). Since that time, we’ve enjoyed the music ministry and teaching of Steve Bell (Juno and GMA award winner), Jalene Johnson (Juno nominee and GMA award winner), and Carolyn Arends (Dove award winner and West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year).
Songsmith Society: After students have taken Song Writing 1, they are welcome to join the program’s club that provides monthly challenges for songwriters that help them grow in their lyrical subjects and the sounds and rhythms they craft.
Worship teams: Prairie holds auditions at the beginning of each school year that allow students to try out for worship teams and other musical opportunities on- and off-campus including chapel, representative travel teams, Wednesday Night Worship and more.
Open Mic: A popular student-led event that usually occurs twice per semester, Open Mic nights offer opportunities for campus artists of all genres and talents to perform and share with faculty, staff and fellow students in a casual, comfortable setting.
Vinyl Vault: Complete with thousands of vinyl records and CDs, our collection provides Worship Arts students with countless musical resources and a space to take advantage of them in. Program students will be required to pick a partner during the school year with whom they will listen to two records in their entirety each term, documenting their musical experience together.
Bible & Theology (45 credits)
Arts & Sciences Core (42 credits)
Worship Leading and Music Major (33 credits)
Extra courses (2 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
Mark Jonah Program Coordinator
Prairie College’s Music and Worship Arts programs are focused on the theme of “Tell God’s Story – Discover Your Song.” More than ever, the local church needs worship leaders who know God and will lead the church in honour of the One who is reconciling the world to Himself. And our world needs music and musicians who craft their skill in the life of God for the sake of the world. Students will do this by exploring the art of designing and leading expressions of corporate worship.
Your experiences in worship services you’ve been part of will be the starting place for your growth in worship leading. I look forward to studying the art of worship service design and ministry with you. Let’s learn together!
Prairie gave me the chance to explore and grow in my talents; to glean from experienced professionals; and to see how the desire to create music is integral to our daily lives.
I came into this program scared about sharing my music with a group of strangers. When I arrived, I soon found that I was free to express my musical creativity without harsh judgment, and received Godly advice on how to improve.
The community present in the Music and Worship Arts program is uplifting, Christ-centered and pushes you beyond what you thought you could be.
Worship Arts Classroom
Inside the Loft
Getting students to think deeply theologically is essential if we are going to form meaningful leaders in the Church, but enabling deep heart connectedness to God is equally important. The Worship Arts program at Prairie has these aims and is affecting meaningful formation and transformation! I’m privileged to guest lecture and witness what God is up to on campus.