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CEUs:
Indivivdual Course: 3 CEUs
Total Certificate: 18 CEUs

Price:
Individual Course: $249
Total Certificate: $1,494

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This certificate is available for continuing education units (CEUs) and is not available for academic credit.

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CPC 2222 - Worship Leadership Certificate

 
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Worship is both our highest privilege and greatest ministry. It is the sound of heaven on earth. A proper understanding of what worship actually is and a theology of worship are paramount both to our own spiritual development and to our effectiveness in ministry. Beyond our God-given talents and gifting we need the tools to lead effectively and confidently. Through this program, the instructor will teach students the steps needed in order to hone their skills in the area of Worship Leadership (WL) and Worship Intelligence (WI). Read more below...

CEUs Available: 18 | 3 per Course

Certificate Description:

Worship is both our highest privilege and greatest ministry. It is the sound of heaven on earth. A proper understanding of what worship actually is and a theology of worship are paramount both to our own spiritual development and to our effectiveness in ministry. Beyond our God-given talents and gifting we need the tools to lead effectively and confidently. Through this program, the instructor will teach students the steps needed in order to hone their skills in the area of Worship Leadership (WL) and Worship Intelligence (WI).

Participants are required to take four core classes and two electives to earn a certificate in either Urban or Contemporary Worship Leadership. Join us and learn the role of the Holy Spirit in taking your worship to another level privately and corporately.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to stay out of the same old repetitive rut by approaching your times of worship creatively through liturgies that breathe.
  • Learn about effective worship planning and communication from the platform.
  • Learn how to develop a dynamic worship team and how to pick just the right song or worship multi-media element.

CEUs:

Indivivdual Course: 3 CEUs
Total Certificate: 18 CEUs

Target Audience:

Regent Students, faculty and staff; churches (international and national).

This Certificate Requirements:

This Worship Certificate program has two tracks, Urban Worship and Contemporary Worship. Students are required to take 4 core courses in addition to 2 electives which depends on which track they have chose. For instance, if students want to pick the Contemporary Worship track, they will pick Contemporary Worship Songwriting and Contemporary Worship. Whearas students who pick the Urban track will pick Urban Praise and Worship and Gospel Worship Songwriting.

In the beginning of each core course, there will be a one and a half day live seminar on-campus; and for the electives, there will be a one day live seminar on-campus. Students may choose to attend the live seminar or watch it online.

 

Certificate Includes the following Courses:

  • CPC_2000: Worship in Everyday Life
    Worship is essential to our spiritual lives. It is a practice that should be lived and developed daily. In this course, we will see the significance of worship in spiritual development. We will explore worship’s effectiveness for ministry. Students will also study worship’s corporate expression and experience, and its missional application.

    Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate and explain the importance of worship to his/her own life as well as its importance to the Church’s mission
  2. Develop and interpret components of successful worship leadership
  3. Describe and define both the function and importance of the Holy Spirit when it comes to worship - our personal worship times as well as our corporate times of worship
  4. Understand the importance of God’s Presence and anointing in worship and its benefits
  5. Articulate what Spirit-filled worship is and is not
  • CPC_2001: Worship: Biblical Perspectives
    The Bible reveals deep truths about worship. In this course we will study the biblical perspective on the nature of worship. We will see the various forms of worship expressed in scripture. Students will also learn the functions of worship as laid out in scripture, and their contemporary relevance.

    Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize and define the importance of Old Testament worship and how that understanding directly impacts the worship and liturgy of the Christian Church today
  2. Distinguish and evaluate the outcomes of Scriptural worship encounters
  3. Describe and explain the importance of worship in the New Testament Church and how that understanding directly impacts the worship and liturgy of the Christian Church today
  4. Define the Feasts of Israel and how these worship events prefigure and shadow Christ’s work of redemption
  5. Explain the benefits of “Spirit and truth” worship as well as the “song of the Lord” to both the individual as well as the congregation
  • CPC_2002: Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs
    In this course we will dig deeper in the forms of Worship forms based on scripture and powerful testimonies. Students will learn about the role of spontaneous expressions in worship through the Holy Spirit. Students will also explore songwriting for the church.

    Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and illustrate the difference between a psalm, a hymn, and a spiritual song.
  2. Explain the spiritual value and benefits - both corporately and individually - from singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
  3. Define the importance of worship in the New Testament Church and the life of the Believer.
  4. Evaluate songwriting within the Church today and its effects upon modern worship.
  5. Identify key Scriptures that accompany a study of the “Song of the Lord.”
  • CPC_2003: The Worship Leader
    In this course students will learn about the significance of the role of a worship leader. Students will learn about how to plan a worship service, the integral aspects of the platform, and the personal communication skills that a worship leader needs to develop. Students will also learn about worship team management.

    Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and explain the key components of being fruitful as a worship leader and what that looks like both practically and spiritually (i.e., running an effective office, time management, vision casting, productive rehearsals, building a team)
  2. Reproduce a 12, 6, and 1 month worship planning calendar for yourself and your team, what ingredients are essential to an effective plan, and how communication is key to everyone’s participation
  3. Distinguish both the function of and the importance of a worship leader within the context of the local assembly as well as the church-at-large historically
  4. Much of our worship culture and individual worship histories are founded in experience, i.e., encounters with God, thus course participants will be able to clarify what clears the way for ongoing fresh encounters with the living God - both individually and corporately
  5. Employ proper communication skills when leading worship - both speaking and singing - proper stage presence, eye contact with your audience, platform do’s and don’ts, appearance, etc., taking into account the importance of spatial discernment and spatial interpretation when planning worship
  • CPC_2004 - 1: Contemporary Worship (Elective)
    In this course, students will learn about creative liturgies that provide opportunities to encounter the Holy. Students will learn liturgical development, and the current trends in worship. Students will also learn about worship curating.

    Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and explain key components of liturgical movements (worship history) and liturgical forms (worship culture) - both historical and contemporary
  2. Understand the role of the Holy Spirit in liturgical planning and preparation and how to follow His lead in creating Sacred Space
  3. Describe and explain the importance of creativity when it comes to worship planning and what the key elements are that can be integrated into a worship service or liturgy that will create a Sacred Space where God is honored and His Presence is made known.
  4. Recognize that every church - no matter the size - has the ability to be creative, relevant and minister truth in a multitude of platforms
  5. Create and explain the benefits of seamless worship and how a more comprehensive approach to worship planning results in a healthier church worship culture
  • CPC_2004 - 2: Urban Praise and Worship (Elective)
    Gospel Music historically has enjoyed widespread appeal from Christians and non-Christians alike. Why? It is that effervescent joy that it delivers in both melody and lyric as it communicates the heart of the Gospel - the Good News of Jesus Christ. People everywhere long for good news. Gospel Music also conveys a story - our story. Though we struggle through this life, God gives grace and mercy to those who call upon His Name; this is the heart of Gospel Music! This art form owes its beginnings to African slaves brought to the new world unjustly. Though they found themselves in fetters they knew that the song in their heart could never be bound. The joyful song and the promises of God’s goodness can still be heard from spirituals and hymns to modern urban Christian music and its message is just as needed today in our cities than ever before.

    Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the importance and significance of the “Song of the Lord” as expressed in the Gospel/Urban genre
  2. Have a greater understanding of what makes Gospel songs unique in their approach to sharing the Good News
  3. Identify and evaluate the key ingredients in effective songs used in Gospel/Urban praise and worship
  4. Construct and design Gospel/Urban praise and worship songs that line up with Scriptural Truth and Creedal Orthodoxy
  • CPC_2004 - 3: Contemporary Worship Songwriting (Elective)
    The Kingdom of God and song are inextricably connected. From the dateless past when cherubim, seraphim, and angels sang God’s praise, to the glory of worship in John’s Revelation, the music of heaven and earth join as God’s creation to bless His Great Name! In this course we will discover the power of the Song of the Lord - one of the threads that binds us as the people of God and how that sustains and advances the mission of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Songwriting in and for the Church, as well as its evangelical witness, will be examined with emphasis on lyrical content that reflects Scriptural truth and Creedal orthodoxy. Lyrical and poetic writing exercises will be an integral part of this course, as well as how to use what you’ve created for liturgical purposes.

    Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the importance and significance of the “Song of the Lord” and its ongoing impact on the Church
  2. Have a greater understanding of why the Holy Spirit encourages us to sing and write a “New Song”
  3. Identify and evaluate the key ingredients in effective songs used in contemporary and modern worship
  4. Construct and design lyrical content that lines up with Scriptural Truth and Creedal Orthodoxy
  • CPC_2004 - 4: Gospel Worship Songwriting (Elective)
    God's Kingdom is advanced through song and no other genre communicates that better than Gospel music. The word “Gospel” means “Good News” and certainly this is true of what Gospel & Urban worship songs express. Thus, songwriting in this format needs to stay true to delivering God’s good news. In this course we will examine Gospel/Urban worship songwriting for the Church by examining the various elements that are the hallmark of this art form. There will also be an emphasis on lyrical content that reflects Scriptural truth as well as Creedal orthodoxy. Lyrical and poetic writing exercises will be part of this course as well as methods of application for use in the urban context.

    Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance and significance of the “Song of the Lord” as expressed in the Gospel/Urban genre
  2. Have a greater understanding of what makes Gospel songs unique in their approach to sharing the Good News
  3. Identify and evaluate the key ingredients in effective songs used in Gospel/Urban praise and worship
  4. Construct and design Gospel/Urban praise and worship songs that line up with Scriptural Truth and Creedal Orthodoxy

Certificate Price:

Individual Course: $249
Total Certificate: $1,494

Program Schedule:

  • CPC_2000: Worship in Everyday Life | TBA - Live Streamed instruction
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2001: Worship: Biblical Perspectives | TBA - Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2002: Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs | TBA - Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2003: The Worship Leader | TBA - Live Streamed instruction
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2004 - 1: Contemporary Worship (Elective) | TBA - Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2004 - 2: Urban Praise and Worship (Elective) | TBA - Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2004 - 3: Contemporary Worship Songwriting (Elective) | TBA- Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.
  • CPC_2004 - 4: Gospel Worship Songwriting (Elective) | TBA - Live Streamed instruction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Remaining instruction (four weeks) online in the Blackboard Learning platform.

Discover the Regent Difference:

  • Unique two track program for Urban or Contemporary Worship.
  • $249 per course (hundreds less than other universities). Students may pay per course.
  • No application process.
  • No registration fees

Instructor:

David EdwardsDavid M. Edwards serves as an artist-in-residence at the Regent University International Center for Worship. He comes to Regent with a wealth of experience as a teacher, writer, musician and pastor. He recently released a solo album called Here with You, on the Maranatha Music/EMI record label. In spring 2013, Maranatha Music released his album Heart Full of Soul. In 2009, Edwards produced and performed on Margaret Becker’s Christmas album Gift of Love. Worship Leader Magazine gave him two awards in 2005 and 2007 for his singles “Holy Rain” and “Create in Me.”

The renowned worship leader is a columnist for Rev! Magazine and a popular conference speaker. He is also an official spokesman for the Bible League, which is one of the world's largest evangelical, non-denominational Scripture placement agencies. He has also served as the managing editor of The Worshiper the consumer publication of Worship Leader Magazine.

His critically acclaimed book Worship 365: The Power of a Worshipping Life is a definitive text on transforming worship. He is also the author of Encountering God: 10 Ways to Experience His Presence, the Faithfully Yours Psalms series and the Worship Through the Seasons with God series, as well as general editor of the Holman CSB Personal Worship Bible.