bachelor of arts in ministry:
Worship Leading and Music

Course Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry -  Worship Leading and Music

Four Year Program (122 credits)
Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) is designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible.

Courses revolve around:

  • Developing your spiritual life in loving God
  • Practicing leadership skills in worship events
  • Learning how to design worship services that are grounded, purposeful, and real

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Worship Leading and Music: In Depth

Program Objectives 

Prairie’s BAM program will equip you to:

  • Effectively study, understand and interpret Scripture.
  • Understand the principles for effective ministry in a variety of applications and situations.
  • Realize the global mission of the Church and its implications for your life.
  • Understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the context of effective ministry.
  • Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings
  • Realize and develop your God-given gifts and passions for use in ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Worship Leading and Music Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content, processes, and practices of music, musicianship, and a Christian worldview of the role of the arts in the world.
  2. Able to apply principles and practices of worship to a growing personal life.
  3. Increase in effective, artistic, and confident personal performance skills.
  4. Clearly demonstrate an ability to be a productive, supportive, and contributing member of a musical team.

About Worship Leading and Music

  1. Understand and practice the scope and interrelatedness of corporate worship ministry components.
  2. Understand worship ministry as seeking to encourage growth in the Christian formation of congregants.
  3. Gain the ability to plan, produce, lead, and evaluate corporate worship experiences.
  4. Develop and articulate a philosophy of corporate worship.


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.

Program Requirements

Bible & Theology (45 credits)

  • BT 309 Word and World
  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
  • NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters
  • NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah
  • OT 243 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
  • OT 353 Reading the Prophets
  • ST 100 The Christian Life
  • TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
  • TH 210 God of the Gospel
  • TH 211 Creation to New Creation
  • Bible/theology electives (9 credits)

Arts & Sciences Core (42 credits)

  • AS 400 Integrative Seminar
  • HF 111 Thinking & Writing
  • HF 151 How Music Works
  • HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
  • HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
  • MU 150 Group Vocal Lessons (1 credit)
  • MU 191 Performing Ensemble (6 credits)
  • MU 155-355 Music Lessons (5 credits)
  • SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
  • SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
  • SS 210 Introduction to Pyschology
  • SS 261 Leadership Foundations
  • HF/SS elective 3xx level (3 credits)

Worship Leading and Music Major (33 credits)

  • DM 103 Introduction to Digital Media (1 credit)
  • WA 120 Introduction to Songwriting (1 credit)
  • WA 123 The Language of Music 1 (1 credit)
  • WA 124 The Language of Music 2 (1 credit)
  • WA 228 The Language of Music and Writing (1 credit)
  • WA 229 The Language of Music and Charting (1 credit)
  • WA 224 Arranging Songs (2 credits)
  • WA 227 Recording and Producing (1 credit)
  • WA 232 How Musicians Work
  • WA 252 The Story of Worship
  • WA 254 Worship: Subjects and Objects
  • WA 320 Worship by Design
  • WA 341 Worship FX
  • WA 354 Worship as Spiritual Formation
  • WA 376 Worship Practicum
  • WA 378 Worship Internship

Extra courses (2 credits)
MU 455 Music Lessons (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!

Music Worship Arts 1

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.

Music and Worship Arts Student
Music Worship Arts 1

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.

Music and Worship Arts Student
Music Worship Arts 1

The community present in the Music and Worship Arts program is uplifting, Christ-centered and pushes you beyond what you thought you could be.

Music and Worship Arts Student

Career Opportunities


  • Worship Pastor/Leader at a local church
  • Worship Ministry support staff member
  • Graduate work in a ministry area
Music Classroom
Music Classroom
Worship Arts Classroom
Worship Arts Classroom
Vinyl Studio
Vinyl Studio
Inside the Loft
Inside the Loft
Parable Place
Parable Place
Music Worship Arts 2
As Bono once said, 'Music can change the world because it can change people."  I believe that the Music And Worship Arts program at Prairie College affords an incredible opportunity for students to learn and grow in a creative environment, rooted in community within a faith context; being able to graduate with a fully produced recording is a bonus.
Stephen J. Rendall
Juno Award Winning Writer and Producer
Music Worship Arts 2

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.

Joyce Rees
Pastor and Speaker
Music Worship Arts 2
The Music and Worship Arts program at Prairie is unique. With the ability to focus on songwriting and then graduating with a EP project as a result of your studies -  it is a gift to a developing artist. Match that with solid theological training, one on one mentoring and discipleship in worship leadership and you have a solid program to meet the needs of the developing artist and the church community.
Renee Evaskevich
Worship and Music Professor
Music Worship Arts 2
The Prairie College Music and Worship Arts program not only offers valuable teaching on songwriting and musical disciplines, it also offers the opportunity of real world practical application. Writing songs, re-writing songs, making charts, working with musicians, and recording an EP under the guidance of professional mentors invariably makes the student a more well rounded, creative individual with the tools and experiences to excel in their future musical endeavours. 
Mark Troyer
Producer/Recording and Mix Engineer at Evergreen Sound
Stephen J. Rendall
Joyce Rees
Renee Evaskevich
Mark Troyer