Choosing the Best Worship School

How to Choose the Best Worship School for You

Find the Worship School that Fits Your Needs

Choosing the right worship school is a significant step for anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge and skills in worship ministry. Whether you're looking to become a worship leader, enhance your musical talents, or gain theological insight, the right school can provide the foundation you need. This guide will help you understand the different types of worship schools, what to look for when making your decision, and provide a list of some of the top-rated worship schools.

Types of Worship Schools

Bible Colleges and Seminaries

  • These traditional institutions offer comprehensive theological education with a focus on worship ministry. Programs typically include studies in music, theology, biblical studies, and practical ministry training.
  • Example: Liberty University

Church-Based Worship Schools

  • Many large churches have developed their own worship training programs, often with a strong practical component and real-world ministry experience.
  • Example: Bethel Music Worship School

Online Worship Schools

  • For those who need flexibility, online worship schools offer a range of courses that can be taken from anywhere in the world. These programs often include video lessons, live webinars, and interactive assignments.
  • Example: WorshipU, The Worship Initiative

Worship Conservatory

  • These schools emphasize musical excellence and often offer programs specifically designed for worship music. Students can expect rigorous training in music theory, performance, and production.
  • Example: Worship Arts Conservatory

 

What to Look For in a School of Worship

Cost

The first consideration is the cost of attendance. It's essential to understand the overall financial commitment. Some worship schools charge per course, while traditional colleges often charge per credit. Many colleges also offer scholarships to help reduce the overall cost.

When evaluating cost, ask yourself:

  • What will be the cost per course after any scholarships?
  • What will be the annual cost?
  • What will be the total cost to complete the program?

Convenience

Consider the formats in which courses are available. Can you attend in person, or is there an option to attend online? Unless you live near the school, attending in person can significantly increase the cost. While attending in person offers substantial social and musical benefits, the additional expenses might be prohibitive. Can you take the courses at any time or are they only offered at specific times or days?

Comprehensiveness

A well-rounded training in worship leadership should include:

  • Spiritual and Theological Training
  • Musical Knowledge and Skills
  • Arts and Technology
  • Worship Leading Skills
  • Practical Ministry Skills

For a detailed exploration of these aspects, see our page: What Every Worship Leader Should Know

Completion

Understand what you'll receive upon completing the program. Does it offer a certificate, diploma, or degree?Are the courses transferable to other schools? This information is crucial for planning your educational and career path.

Rating System

Each school will be rated based upon the four C's listed above: Cost, Convenience, Comprehensiveness, Completion

The ratings will be from 1-5 with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst.

Summary List

SchoolOverallCostConvenienceComprehensivenessCompletion
Worship Arts Conservatory184554
10KFAM155433
Liberty University - Online142435
Liberty University - In-Person131155
Worship Ministry School135431
Worship Ministry Training135422
Grand Canyon University121155
Oral Roberts University121155
Radiant - Online125421
Belmont University111145
Radiant - In-Person105131

Please note that the overall rating is based on the assumption that all these characteristics are important to you. If location or cost is not a concern, one of the universities might be the best option for you.

Ten of the Best Worship Schools

Worship Arts Conservatory School of Worship

Overall Rating: 18

Cost: 4

Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Diploma

$7,400/$14,000/$25,600 (not including  fees, books or scholarships)

*Currently all students receive at least 50% of the cost covered by scholarships.

Convenience: 5

Online or In-person in St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Most of the courses can be taken anytime and anywhere

Comprehensiveness: 5

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training
🗹 Musical Knowledge and Skills
⧄ Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 4

Worship Leadership Certificate (1 year)

Worship Leadership Diploma (2 years)

Worship Leadership Advanced Diploma (4 years)

*Credits are transferable to select colleges

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: worshiparts.net

 

10KFAM (10,000 Fathers & Mothers Worship School)

Overall Rating: 15

Cost: 5

$6,000 online (not including books)

$9,000 hybrid (not including transportation and books)

Convenience: 4

Online or hybrid in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Comprehensiveness: 3

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills (songwriting)
☐ Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
⧄ Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 3

Transferable college credits

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: 10kfam.org

 

 

Liberty University - Online

Overall Rating: 14

Cost: 2

$46,800 (not including housing, fees, books or scholarships)

Convenience: 4

Online

Comprehensiveness: 3

This program includes a lot of elective courses so the comprehensiveness might be higher depending upon what courses a student selects.

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills (1 course)
⧄ Arts and Technology
⧄ Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 5

Bachelor of Science Degree in Worship Studies

Denomination: Baptist

Website: liberty.edu

 

Liberty University - In-Person

Overall Rating: 13

Cost: 1

$95,200 (not including housing, fees, books or scholarships)

Convenience: 1

In-person in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA

Comprehensiveness: 5

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
🗹 Musical Knowledge and Skills (private lesson)
🗹 Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 5

Bachelor of Science in Music and Worship

Bachelor of Music in Worship Leadership

Denomination: Baptist

Website: liberty.edu

 

Worship Ministry School

Overall Rating: 13

Cost: 5

$600 to $3000 (depending on what courses you take)

Convenience: 4

Online

Comprehensiveness: 3

⧄ Spiritual and Theological Training (2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills (1-2 courses)
🗹 Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 1

None

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: worshipministryschool.com

 

Worship Ministry Training

Overall Rating: 13

Cost: 5

$45 per month or $475 one time payment

Convenience: 4

Online

Comprehensiveness: 2

10 courses and 30 hours (less time than one 3 credit college course)

⧄ Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills (private lesson)
☐ Arts and Technology
⧄ Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 2

Certificate of Completion

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: worshipministrytraining.com

 

Grand Canyon University

Overall Rating: 12

Cost: 1

$82,500 (not including housing, fees, books or scholarships)

Convenience: 1

Only available on campus in Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Comprehensiveness: 5

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training
🗹 Musical Knowledge and Skills
🗹 Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 5

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts

Denomination: Baptist Heritage

Website: gcu.edu

Oral Roberts University

Overall Rating: 12

Cost: 1

$135,200 (not including housing, fees, books or scholarships)

Convenience: 1

In-person in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Comprehensiveness: 5

🗹 Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
🗹 Musical Knowledge and Skills (private lesson)
🗹 Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 5

Bachelor of Science in Worship Leadership

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: oru.edu

 

Radiant School of Worship - Online

Overall Rating: 12

Cost: 5

$1,500

Convenience: 4

Online

Comprehensiveness: 2

⧄ Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills
☐ Arts and Technology
⧄ Worship Leading Skills
⧄ Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 1

Unknown

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: radiantschoolofworship.com/online

 

Belmont University

Overall Rating: 11

Cost: 1

$170,160 (not including housing, fees, books or scholarships)

Convenience: 1

In-Person in Nashville, Tennesee, USA

Comprehensiveness: 4

⧄ Spiritual and Theological Training (only 2 courses)
🗹 Musical Knowledge and Skills
🗹 Arts and Technology
🗹 Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 5

Bachelor of Music in Church Music

Denomination: Non-denominational (Baptist Heritage)

Website: belmont.edu

Radiant School of Worship - In-Person

Overall Rating: 10

Cost: 5

$4,950 (not including housing) for 1 Year

Convenience: 1

In-Person in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Comprehensiveness: 3

⧄ Spiritual and Theological Training (1-2 courses)
⧄ Musical Knowledge and Skills (songwriting)
⧄ Arts and Technology
⧄ Worship Leading Skills
🗹 Practical Ministry Skills

Completion: 1

Unknown

Denomination: Non-Denominational

Website: radiantschoolofworship.com/onsite

 

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