New Church Music Certificate to Launch Fall 2023

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 14, 2023) – The Division of Music at Bob Jones University announced today it will offer a new certificate in Church Music Ministry beginning Fall 2023. The certificate program is designed to address the demand for musicians who can serve in bi-vocational ministry leadership roles in a local church setting.

Dr. Fred Coleman, head of the Department of Church Music in the Division of Music, will coordinate the certificate program, which will be open to all music majors.

“I’m thrilled about this new opportunity for any music major to study the biblical theology of worship and its implementation in the local church,” said Dr. Coleman. “Music is an important part of gathered worship, but worship involves much more than just music. Good theology results in doxology. Therefore, it is imperative to know what the scriptures teach and, as a result, to sing what you believe.”

The 13-credit certificate program features courses in ministry, theology, and practical techniques for planning and leading gathered worship. The program culminates with a local church music ministry internship in partnership with the church leadership team.

“Students majoring in music, piano pedagogy, composition, music education or performance will now have the option of adding this area of concentration to their studies rather than having to choose between a ministry major and a music major,” said Dr. Michael Moore, Chair of the Division of Music. “This really grows out of our commitment to training musicians for service in their local churches whatever their area of specialization.”

“With this program, we are specifically focused on supporting churches that may not be in a position to employ a full-time music pastor or worship leader,” said Moore. “Our prayer is this will help us meet the continued demand for skillful musicians with a heart for ministry, a solid theological foundation, and a strong set of leadership competencies.”

In addition to the new certificate, the Division of Music will continue to offer a full Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Church Ministries. For more information, click here.