Applied Leadership

Worship Arts

Program Overview

Cultivate your creativity in a community that is committed to holistic worship.


The Worship Arts program at Columbia is focused on preparing people for holistic worship ministry that impacts the world for God both artistically and pastorally. The program examines the philosophical, theological and cultural concerns of worship alongside the development of musical and artistic abilities. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of artistic media including music, visual art, and drama all while focusing on the pastoral task of worship leadership and building a strong theological foundation.

Because we are a small school, worship arts students have ample opportunity to get involved serving on and even leading Columbia’s two weekly corporate worship services—Chapel and Vespers—or even to join our Travelling Ministry Team that serves in local churches.

Video: A Look at the Worship Arts Program



Watch Erin's Story

Called to Go Deeper

The moment you meet Erin, you can sense creativity fill the room. An artist from a young age, Erin lives everything and anything art. From music to painting, she is constantly discovering and sharing what it means to worship in new ways through different media. Watch Erin's story and hear how God called her to the Worship Arts program and the journey he has led her on since graduating.


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Matt J

Meet Matt

Worship Arts Minor, Biblical Studies Major
Training to be a Pastor

"Worship has always one of my biggest passions, and that passion is the main reason I chose Worship Arts as my minor. Not only have I been able to feed my passion for worship, but Worship Arts has helped me discover my own calling toward pastoral ministry, and one of the biggest ways I’m being equipped for that calling has been discovering that worship is so much more than just music. There are so many pastoral elements involved in worship, and it’s been incredible learning what worship truly is, why we worship, and seeing my own understanding of worship be redefined and seeing my own spiritual growth through that process."

Elise S Alum

Meet Elise

BA Worship Arts 2018
Worship Director, Central Community Church

“The Worship Arts degree at Columbia gave me many opportunities to grow in my musicianship and to practice my skills as a worship leader. The staff and faculty helped me to discover my passion for knowing why we worship, the necessity of using our creativity and gifts, and the importance of having an awareness of the Spirit during our worship gatherings. Studying at CBC gave me the tools I needed to begin in full time worship ministry and was the environment I needed to allow God to transform my heart for the Church.”

Worship Ministry Teams



Chapel Teams

Chapel Teams

Chapel Teams consist of instrumentalists and vocalists who are looking for a volunteer opportunity on campus and who want to develop their musical skills. Each student-led team will lead worship at Thursday morning chapel at least 3 times per semester.



The Vespers Team consists of 3rd and 4th year instrumentalists and vocalists who desire to further their musical and worship leading skills. Vespers is an evening worship service that runs from 9:00 – 10:00 on Tuesday evenings. While this service is intended for the CBC community, guests are always welcome!

Travelling Ministry

Travelling Ministry Team


The TMT is a group of select musicians committed to serving and representing Columbia in local churches, schools and special events. Students chosen for this team will register for MUSI 151 and receive 1.5 credits per semester, with the expectation that they will commit to a full year. Because this team is a credited course, there is a stronger teaching/coaching component than other teams. The college covers all costs associated with required travel and an itinerary is posted well in advance.




Are you interested in joining a Columbia worship team?

Columbia offers both Worship Arts and non-Worship Arts students lots of opportunity to get involved on worship teams both on campus and off. Music ministries (Travelling Ministry Team, Chapel Teams, and Vespers) are audition-based. Students can sign up for an audition by completing the Audition Application.


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Practical, hands-on experience is an integral part of education. That's why Columbia requires all degree students to complete an internship in their third or fourth year. Worship Arts students have ample internship opportunities on campus and off. Many churches are actively looking for CBC students to be involved in their worship ministry. While most WA students choose to gain experience leading a worship team on campus on in a local church—students also have the option of working with an arts-based organization, or of serving in worship or music ministry overseas or at summer camps. The internship program is designed to provide a rich learning experience with practical skill development. For more information about Columbia's internship program, including application forms and placement options, visit Service Learning.

Academic Info

Diploma in Worship Arts

The two year diploma program in Worship Arts includes core classes in theology, biblical studies, culture and the practice and pastoral task of worship leading. Additionally, students will participate in skill development in the area of sound and media, visual arts, drama, and music. Graduates from the diploma program have a sufficient theological and musical understanding to lead worship in churches and be grounded artists in the contemporary world.

Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology, Major in Worship Arts

The Bachelor degree program in Worship Arts builds on the foundation of the diploma program. Degree students will expand on their biblical and theological knowledge and deepen their artistic skills while further exploring how the theology of worship affects the pastoral practice of worship leading. Graduates from the degree program are well equipped to serve as Worship Pastors in a variety of church contexts, and are sought-after by local congregations. The Worship Arts degree maintains a very high employment rate. Many Columbia Worship Arts graduates have also gone on to pursue further theological training at the graduate and seminary level.

Worship Arts Minors

Each degree student at Columbia has the option to select a minor in a variety of fields. Typically, minors are chosen in a student's third year of study and will inform the type of internship placement they choose. Learn more about available minors.


Biblical Studies
Social Entrepreneurship
Counselling & Human Services
Church Ministry
Intercultural Studies
Ministry to Children
Outdoor Rec Leadership
Practical Ministry
Youth Work

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This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.