University Credentials For Worship Leaders.
The Certificate In Worship Leadership Studies is a unique and completely online university Certificate Program â€“ enabling you to grow, and receive credentialing, from the comfort of your home or office. Learning Director Dan Wilt, M.Min. brings you this innovative online program. Study Worship Leading, Ministry Skills, Songwriting, Values, Theology, and History through our online Essentials In Worship Course. Register today for this innovative program with 12 monthly payments of only $99 USD.
What You Get
- A self-directed video-based study experience.
- University-level worship training via online media from experts in the field.
- Flexibility and ease â€“ work at your own pace from home.
- Feedback on your work when you complete all 6 modules.
- A Certificate in “Worship Leadership Studies” upon completion.
- 6 elective credit hours with St. Stephen’s University (Canada) and/or transcript for other schools
Program Instructor – Dan Wilt, M.Min.
“Twenty-first century churches are looking for worship leaders with more than just musical skill – they want them to have some pastoral wisdom, leadership ability, theological grid and historical awareness. They want them to have creative ability and a real devotional life – they’re looking for a complete package. We train that kind of passionate, forward-looking worship leader in a postmodern world.” Dan Wilt
Dan Wilt, M.Min. is your Certificate Video Instructor, and is one of today’s most respected voices in higher education for worship leaders and artists. With over 20 years as a worship leader, recording artist (Vineyard Worship), songwriter, author, university worship trainer and communicator, Dan’s background uniquely qualifies him to lead your program.
What Is The Certificate All About?
The Certificate is comprised of the 6 modules of theÂ Essentials In Worship Course done for university credit -
- Worship Leading – the skills and calling,
- Worship Ministry -Â your spiritual growth and discipleship,
- Worship Songwriting -Â how to write worship songs,
- Worship Values – the priorities that guide our worship,
- Worship Theology – big ideas about God and worship,
- Worship History – the ways we’ve worshipped over millenia.
Certificate students complete the full university assignments listed for each course.
- reading books,
- watching videos,
- writing reflections,
- writing informal book reviews, and
- crafting creative projects.
You are on your own learning timetable, but we give you 1 year to complete your work.
Each module is designed to be completed in 4 weeks. In other words, you can spread out your 24 weeks of study (6 modules x 4 weeks ea.) any way you like.
Course media can be viewed online or downloaded to take with you so that you can easily study on your commute or on a lunch break!
While your Certificate experience is completely self-directed, you can connect with other students online in our private Facebook group. The link will be sent to you once you register.
How Do I Do The Certificate?
You can download and view the CERTIFICATE GUIDE SHEET here, which tells you exactly how you complete and submit the work for the Certificate.
- DOWNLOAD and Use the Essentials Module ZIP Files (videos and study guide for each module)
- WATCH any “Additional University Media” (along with the next item), as you
- COMPLETE each Module, using the Study Guide (eBook) and watching the videos, and
- SUBMIT your work (see PDF).
6 Modules complete the Certificate
- Essentials In Worship Leading
- Essentials In Ministry Skills
- Essentials In Worship Songwriting
- Essentials In Worship Values
- Essentials In Worship Theology
- Essentials In Worship History
Frequently Asked Questions
Many questions you may have are answered below. Make sure you read through these FAQâ€™s, and then, if you have any other questions not answered here, you can contact us.
Will I be glad I did this?
We believe you will. Your time and energy is valuable, and we’ve designed a program to leverage it for your calling. Increasingly, pastors and leaders want their worship leaders to have some study in the world of worship leadership. We provide it â€“ online, accessible and in the most inexpensive, yet valuable way possible. Your future matters â€“ we want to get behind you.
How much time will this take me?
It’s up to you. You can accomplish the work necessary for each Essentials Module in approximately 8-10 hours/week for 4 weeks, or stretch it out. Most participants choose to spread the courses out over a year to leave room for “regular life.”
Why is the cost so different from the cost of a Membership to WorshipTraining?
University credit and the Certificate is what makes the difference. Our Essentials Course Modules, included with All Access Membership, are a â€śseminarâ€ť version of the university course. In other words, they are introductory, and meant to be a lot less work for the average church musician/worship leader. The Certificate price also includes feedback when the 6 modules are complete; whereas All Access Members doing the modules receive no feedback. Most online universities charge anywhere from $200-$500 for 1 credit hour of study. This Certificate is 6 credit hours of work, and we charge the very low end of the scale to serve WorshipTraining participants. Compare this online Certificate to the costs of other university 6 credit hour elective programs, and youâ€™ll see the difference.
What can I do with my certificate? Why get it?
While the Certificate is not a full university diploma or degree, it is a marker that you have invested significant time and energy in studying the thought, heart, skills and values behind effective worship leadership in a community. In some churches, this is a very significant advantage to have in a worship leader.
Who will give me credit for this?
One of our primary partners is St. Stephenâ€™s University (SSU) in New Brunswick, CA. SSU has been a long time friend and partner with Dan Wilt in the offering of excellent, thoughtful education for postmodern creative leaders. Dan is an adjunct professor of SSU, and has worked closely with them to develop creative spiritual leaders over the past years. Other university and college conversations are also in process, and our students have received credit at other schools for their work with us. A final transcript will be issued by SSU upon the completion of your work for the Certificate. This will include your grade, and you can then submit this to any college or university you would like. It is best for you to check with your college or university first, to see if they would accept the Certificate In Worship Leadership Studies for 6 elective credit hours.
Is SSU accredited?
SSU is chartered by the province of New Brunswick, Canada to grant Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™s degrees, and is a respected, community-based, innovative academic institution located on the east coast of Canada. Accreditation varies from university to university. We understand that a participant may wish to complete their degree somewhere else, or apply credits earned with us to another program. To determine if your credits will transfer, again, it is best for you to check with your college or university first, to see if they would accept the Certificate In Worship Leadership Studies for 6 elective credit hours.
What if Iâ€™ve already done some Essentials Course modules (seminar level)?
If youâ€™ve already done the Essentials Course modules, or many of them, on a seminar (non-university) level then you are one step ahead! The cost for the Certificate remains the same, but we only require that you â€śadd onâ€ť the requirements necessary for university credit that you did not complete in the seminar version.
Do I have to do the courses in order?
No. You can take them in any order, and at any time. We recommend Essentials In Worship Leading as a great place to begin â€“ it will start you off well with practical learning.
How long do I have to complete the Certificate?
We ask you to complete your Certificate work in 1 year. If you are unable to do this for any reason, you may ask for an extension.
Iâ€™m not a worship leader, can I still do this?
Absolutely. All of the Essentials Course modules are designed to serve more than worship leaders. However, when taking the Essentials In Worship Leading and/or the Essentials In Songwriting modules, the participant would need to apply the principles learned in those settings to other areas of leadership. These 2 modules are quite specific to the worship leader skillset.
How many credit hours is this worth?
The Certificate is worth 6 elective credit hours (1 per Essentials Course module) at SSU, with a total of about 240 hours of coursework (40 hours per 4 week module). The amount of credit any college or university you submit your transcript to is up to that particular college or university.
Can I do further study with you?
Not at this point.
How do I submit assignments?
Download the CERTIFICATE GUIDE SHEET for this information.
Will I receive feedback & grading on my assignments?
Yes. See the CERTIFICATE GUIDE SHEET for detail.Â You will receive audio or written feedback on all of your work at the END OF THE ENTIRE ESSENTIALS IN WORSHIP COURSE. after you upload your final PDF Document and Creative Projects to your free www.Dropbox.com account, and then send the link to your instructor.
Grading is based on a 100 point system, each of the six Essentials Course Modules are worth 15 points. This totals 90 points of the overall Certificate Grade (6 x 15), and is based on the content/quality of the reflection (10 pts. per module) and the Creative Project due for each module (5 pts. per project). The final 10 points of the Certificate are based on the students consistency/quality of work.
This final grade will be given to the student upon completion of the Certificate.
Are books and extra media costs over and above the tuition price?
Yes and No. First, WorshipTraining houses many DVDs that are part of the Certificate Program, and are available to you through your Certificate Membership at no additional cost. However, like any university or college program, there are books needed for each class that must be purchased separately (or borrowed). Our current list is below.
How can I contact you?
Donâ€™t see an answer to your question here? Contact Us for more information.
Can I pay by check?
Some people prefer to pay for a whole year at a time. You can pay by check here if you want to pay for an entire year up front.
What if I need to step out of the program?
First, know that â€śextensions are the keyâ€ť to finishing your Certificate should you get in a bind. Weâ€™ll be very gracious, so if your life changes radically, you can request an extension Just ask.
But, if you need to step away from the program completely, weâ€™ll only charge you up to your last monthly payment before you officially notify us that you must drop out by email (send to: email@example.com). Your tuition payments will end after we receive that email. There will be no refunds on uncompleted programs.
For those that pay the full amount up front, the entire course tuition is non-refundable after 30 days from your first payment. You must notify us by that date for your full refund.
Required Books & Resources for Certificate Level
Essentials In Worship Leading
- How To Lead Worship Without Being A Rock Star by Dan Wilt. Nashville, TN: Wild Pear Creative, 2013. Required – provided online. (physical copy here)
Essentials In Worship Ministry
- To Know You More: Cultivating The Heart Of The Worship Leader by Andy Park. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Required.
Essentials In Worship Songwriting
- Worship Songwriting: Embracing Heart and Developing Skill. 10 hour DVD course by Brian Doerksen. Required – provided online.
Essentials In Worship Values
- Perspectives On Christian Worship: Five Views edited by Matt Pinson. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2009. Required.
Essentials In Worship Theology
- Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright, San Francisco: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2006. Required.
Essentials In Worship History
- Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality Through the Christian Year by Robert Webber. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004. Required.
In addition to the texts above, your study guide and the brief videos for each course are your requirements.