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 where students will be prepared to impact their world for God through artistic endeavors. 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 medium including music, visual art, drama and dance, all with the central focus of exploring creativity in worship ministry.
The Worship Arts department is also responsible for leading Columbia's two weekly corporate worship services: Chapel and Vespers. Both events are student-led, allowing members of the Columbia community to serve one another with their creativity gifting. For more information on how to get involved in a ministry team, please visit Student Life.
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 medium. 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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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."
BA Worship Arts 2012
Pastor, Junior Youth
"My time in the Worship Arts program was incredibly valuable for my formation as a leader. During my internship leading Vespers, regular meetings with my Program Director were so key to exploring the daily struggles of leadership, and I was so grateful for her as a female role model. I learned so much about leadership, but also so much about myself and the personal fight against fear that leaders face. God's love casts out fear, but you need people to remind you of that every day to stay the course."
Diploma in Worship Arts
The two year diploma program in Worship Arts includes core classes in theology, biblical studies, culture and the practice of worship leading. Additionally, students will participate in skill development in the area of sound design, lighting, visual arts and multimedia, drama, movement/dance, 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 Degree in Worship Arts
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.
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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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 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!
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