The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students committed to vocational worship ministry in the church and parachurch organizations. Coursework emphasizes the practices of Christian worship and ministry with complementary studies in an arts concentration of the student’s choosing. Students are prepared to design, plan, and lead worship through arts-centered ministries such as art and design, music, songwriting or worship media and production. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to pursue full-time worship arts positions in church and parachurch organizations or graduate studies in seminary.

Meet the Faculty

Emily Andrews

Concentrations

Hands on Experience

Collaborative Career Preparation

Samford has strong relationships with area churches that offer internships and work opportunities during and after graduation. The Center for Worship and the Arts, housed in the School of the Arts, provides dynamic teaching models for intergenerational worship practices and allows students to teach and explore worship and the arts through a variety of ongoing programs.

Students will follow coursework in area concentrations along with Samford’s Catalyst Arts Curriculum that provides collaborative career preparation.

Ensembles

Students have hands-on experience with worship programming through the Samford Worship Team and the Worship Arts Ensemble.

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulate a calling to an area of worship arts ministry.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills and exercise discernment in worship arts ministry.
  3. Identify the history, theology, and practice of public worship in the Christian tradition.
  4. Identify the history, theology, and practice of the arts among individuals and communities throughout the Christian tradition.
  5. Design, plan, and implement arts-based ministries that serve the church and its worship practices.
  6. Demonstrate competency in a specific artistic medium.
  7. Collaborate with other artists and artistic mediums through a ministry approach that utilizes interdisciplinary studies and connections.
  8. Reflect biblically, theologically, philosophically, sociologically, and pastorally on Christian ministry, worship, and the arts.

Music, Songwriting Admission and Scholarship

Admission consideration and School of the Arts Scholarship consideration for the Music and Songwriting concentrations require:

  • University application
  • Worship Leadership application
  • Arts Portfolio submissions
  • Audition and interview with concentration faculty and Worship Leadership faculty

Audition and Interview Dates

Audition and interview appointment are scheduled from late Friday afternoon to late Saturday afternoon. Audition and interview requests are made in the Worship Leadership Application.

November 19-20, 2021
Worship Leadership Application and Arts Portfolio deadline is November 9

February 4-5, 2022
Worship Leadership Application and Arts Portfolio deadline is January 25

February 25-26, 2022 (scholarship deadline)
Worship Leadership Application and Arts Portfolio deadline is February 15

Music - Arts Portfolio Requirement

Upload all required materials to your Arts Portfolio found on your Application Status Page

A reference letter
• A recommendation letter from a pastor, elder, deacon, church leader or one who can attest to your current service in the church.

A leadership and artistic resume
• Include examples of church engagement, service, and leadership

Upload 2 videos of pieces - Choose 2 pieces from the following 3 options
• One piece from classical repertoire on your primary instrument, if the student has a background that includes formal training
• One arrangement of a hymn
• One piece from contemporary Christian music and worship literature
• If voice is your primary instrument, the audition pieces should be self-accompanied or accompanied by other musicians.

At auditions and interviews
• No additional repertoire will be required for live auditions.
• Be prepared for an interview with applied music faculty which may include musicianship tests on your primary instrument such as scales, tonal memory, and sight-reading.
• Interviews are held on audition and interview weekends. Be prepared to speak to your calling to serve the church and your current service in the church.

Songwriting - Arts Portfolio Requirement

Upload all required materials to your Arts Portfolio found on your Application Status Page

A reference letter
• A recommendation letter from a pastor, elder, deacon, church leader or one who can attest to your current service in the church.

A leadership and artistic resume
• Include examples of church engagement, service, and leadership

Upload 1 video containing 1 of the following 3 options
• One piece from classical repertoire on your primary instrument, if the student has a background that includes formal training
• One arrangement of a hymn
• One piece from contemporary Christian music and worship literature

Upload 1 video of an original song
•One of the two audition pieces should be an original song. At least 50% of the original song should be authored by the applicant.
•Upload one pdf or word document of the original or co-written song to your Samford-specific “Application Status Page” portal. Include lyric and chords. If fully notated/realized scores are available, please include them.

At auditions and interviews
• No additional repertoire will be required for live auditions.
• Be prepared for an interview with applied music faculty which may include musicianship tests on your primary instrument such as scales, tonal memory, and sight-reading.
• Interviews are held on audition and interview weekends. Be prepared to speak to your calling to serve the church and your current service in the church.

Art & Design, Worship Media and Worship Production Admission & Scholarship

Admission to Art & Design, Worship Media or Worship Production concentration is automatic once the student receives admission the university.

School of the Arts Scholarship consideration for Art & Design, Worship Media and Worship Production concentrations requires:

  • University application
  • Worship Leadership application
  • Arts Portfolio submissions
  • Audition and interview with concentration faculty and Worship Leadership faculty

Scholarship Interview Dates

Interview appointments are scheduled on the following audition and interview weekends. Interview date requests are made in the Worship Leadership Application.

February 4-5, 2022
Worship Leadership Application and Arts Portfolio deadline is January 25

February 25-26, 2022 (scholarship deadline)
Worship Leadership Application and Arts Portfolio deadline is February 15

Art & Design - Arts Portfolio Requirements

Upload all required materials to your Arts Portfolio found on your Application Status Page

A reference letter
• A recommendation letter from a pastor, elder, deacon, church leader or one who can attest to your current service in the church.

A leadership and artistic resume
• Include examples of church engagement, service, and leadership

Digital portfolio
• Submit 8-12 images of your creative work. Please include examples of your strongest work in any medium. At least one drawing should be included.

Types of creative work to include
• Animations, drawings, graphics and logos, paintings, photography, sculptures

Tips for portfolio submissions
• Take high resolution images of your work
• Make sure your environment is clean and work well lit.
• For 2D work, crop images to eliminate background.
• For 3D work, photograph the work in front of a solid clean background.

At interviews
• Interviews are held on audition and interview weekends. Be prepared to speak to your calling to serve the church and your current service in the church.

Worship Media - Arts Portfolio Requirements

Upload all required materials to your Arts Portfolio found on your Application Status Page

A reference letter
• A recommendation letter from a pastor, elder, deacon, church leader or one who can attest to your current service in the church.

A leadership and artistic resume
• Include examples of church engagement, service, and leadership

Digital portfolio
• Submit 3-5 samples of your work in media production.
• Caption each example stating your role in its production.

Types of creative work to include
• Shorts, documentaries, promo videos or animation in which you played a part in production
• Photography or marketing materials
• Scripts for video or audio presentations

At interviews
• Interviews are held on audition and interview weekends. Be prepared to speak to your calling to serve the church and your current service in the church.

Worship Production - Arts Portfolio Requirements

Upload all required materials to your Arts Portfolio found on your Application Status Page

A reference letter
• A recommendation letter from a pastor, elder, deacon, church leader or one who can attest to your current service in the church.

A leadership and artistic resume
• Include examples of church engagement, service, and leadership

Digital portfolio
• Upload a pdf or PowerPoint demonstrating work in the areas of music production and/or stage production.
• Areas of stage production include lighting, costuming, scenic design, sound design, marketing, and stage management

Up to 2 produced songs
• Upload two WAV files of finished pieces on which the applicant has played a role in production.
• The two pieces should be contrasting in style in the worship genre
• The two pieces may be original or of other artists.

At interviews
• Interviews are held on audition and interview weekends. Be prepared to speak to your calling to serve the church and your current service in the church.

Ministry Admission and Scholarship

Admission to the Christian Ministry concentration is automatic once the student receives admission to the university.

Christian Ministry students are eligible for university scholarships.

Visit Us

Schedule a Campus Visit

The Office of Admission offers on campus visit options most weekdays and some Saturdays. If you would like to schedule an appointment with faculty, staff, current students or sit in on a class within Ministry and Worship while visiting campus, we recommend scheduling a visit between Tuesday through Friday. You may request personalized academic appointments when scheduling your campus visit.

Attend a Worship Experience

Samford Worship Team and Worship Arts Ensemble Concerts

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Samford Campus worship during convocation hour. The Samford community meets together for a time of worship and encouragement from God’s Word weekly. Our services feature our student worship band and dynamic speakers from across campus as well as special guests from around the world. Services are held in Reid Chapel.

Samford Choral Vespers

Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
Inspired by the ancient practice of monastic prayer, the Samford Choral Vespers Series is offered once a month and led by the internationally recognized A Cappella Choir.