by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio
Cedarville, Ohio-The Cedarville University’s Board of Trustees recently approved the formation of the Bachelor of Arts in worship degree, set to begin in Fall 2008. Faculty will equip students to minister in various settings, creating the major as an interdisciplinary study of music, worship and theology courses.
Dr. Steven Winteregg, dean of the School of Humanities, is excited about the new degree, saying it “is the result of a lot of interaction with different disciplines on campus as well as advice from current worship leaders.” As such, he believes it will provide students with the necessary training to address the worship needs of the evangelical church.
Dr. Roger O’Neel, associate professor of church music, proposed the major. “The field of worship is gaining attention by many churches,” he says. “Those who are now called on to lead worship must be prepared to serve as ‘producers’ of sound, media and drama. Theological training is also very important.”
With that in mind, the major will build on the required Bible minor by including additional Bible courses specific to the field of worship. Along with music classes, students will also learn how to incorporate field-related technologies in worship.
Students will gain practical experience by leading worship in Cedarville’s own chapel services, as well as participating in field experience and internships in local churches. Upon completing the major, students will be able to articulate a theology of worship based on sound biblical principles and valid biblical interpretation.
“We want to train worship leaders for the church not only musically, but theologically as well,” says Beth Cram Porter, chair of the Department of Music and Art. “It is essential that these church leaders are able to blend beauty with truth. We want to prepare them for the ever-changing climate of worship, while grounding them in the never-changing truth of God’s word.”