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.

The Worship Arts department is also responsible for leading Columbia's two weekly corporate worship services: Chapel and Vespers. Both gatherings are student-led, allowing members of the Columbia community to serve one another with their creative gifting. For more information on how to get involved in a ministry team, please visit Student Life.

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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David M Alum

Meet David

BA Worship Arts 2014
Associate Pastor of Worship

"What I valued the most about my experience in Worship Arts was the opportunity to know and be known by my program director, professors, and colleagues (and to be inspired and sharpened by them).  I still connect with many of them on a regular basis to wrestle through important ministry questions and to lift one another up in prayer. On a personal level, a robust biblical worldview was one of the most vital ways that the college has equipped me not only for my current role but also for my identity as God's new creation in Jesus Christ."

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.”

Ministry Opportunities

Columbia offers both Worship Arts and non-Worship Arts students plenty of opportunities to get involved in ministry. 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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Travelling Ministry Team

Traveling 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 credit course, there is a stronger teaching/coaching component than other on campus ministry teams.  The college covers all costs associated with required travel and an itinerary is posted well in advance.

Chapel Team

Chapel Teams

Chapel Teams consist of instrumentalists and vocalists who are looking for a volunteer opportunity to serve on campus and 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 a one hour 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!


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. Biblical Studies internships are typically selected based on the area of a student's minor. Internships can take place in a variety of contexts including churches, overseas non-profit organizations, Christian high schools, summer camps, etc. 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 musical theory. 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 of Arts degree program in Worship Arts builds on the foundation of the diploma program. Degree students will expand on their biblical and theological knowledge and 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. Many Columbia Worship Arts graduates have 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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