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Certificate of Worship Ministry

Our Confession
We affirm the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. We covenant to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message.
Our Core Competencies

With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education.  Every student should seek to develop in…

  • Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.

  • Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.

  • Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.

  • Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.

  • Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.

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Southeastern’s Certificate of Worship Ministry is a 7-course program of study offered to anyone desiring to increase proficiency in leading music and worship in a local church, on the mission field, or anywhere else in God’s Kingdom. These courses will be offered in specific sections of online classes, and in some specific sections of on-campus classes. This program can be completed 100% online, or through a combination of online and specific on-campus course offerings. The program is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the schedule of working students, as well as those with family responsibilities.

This program provides knowledge and experiences needed to minister effectively in the constantly evolving ministry of worship. Course content will include a foundational knowledge in the theology of worship, tools for success in serving a church, and musical fundamentals necessary to lead others. When combined with proper leveling course work, credits earned in the Certificate of Worship Ministry can be applied toward other degrees at Southeastern.

Students taking courses for certificate level credit in the Certificate for Worship Ministry will pay $250 for each one credit hour course. The workload for certificate level credit includes full participation in all lecture and interactive assignments, but only the equivalent of one credit hour of reading and writing assignments. The specific assignments and workload will be detailed in the course syllabus.

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Please note that not every class will be offered each semester. For information on the Mentored Internship course, please contact Dr. Joshua Waggener at


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  • Phone: (919) 761 - 2100
Our Mission
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.
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