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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.

Through this program, students will be exposed to the myriad of aspects that today’s worship leader may encounter. These courses will provide both the knowledge and experience needed to minister effectively in the constantly evolving paradigm of worship. Courses will include a foundational knowledge in the theology of worship, tools for success in serving a church, and the musical fundamentals necessary to lead others.

Students taking courses for certificate level credit in the Certificate for Worship Ministry will pay the equivalent of one credit hour of on-campus course tuition plus any applicable fees. 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. The Course Descriptions will all indicate 3 hrs, however certificate students will do equivalent work and pay for only 1 hr.

When combined with proper leveling course work, credits earned in the Certificate of Worship Ministry can be applied toward other degrees at Southeastern.

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Here is an outline of the course offerings required for this certificate.  Please note that there are a few courses still under development for this certificate. Not every class will be offered each semester.

As the courses under development become available, we will post updates!  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Course Offerings

Fall Hermeneutics
Christian Theology 1
Mentored Internship 1
Spring Hermeneutics
Ministry of Worship
Mentored Internship 1
Under Development Basic Musicianship 1
Vocal Pedagogy
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  • Wake Forest, NC 27588
  • 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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