Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies (Worship, Media & Creative Arts concentration)

20 courses 2 years    |    60 Credits[Units]
Academic Program Description and Objectives

The Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies (Worship, Media & Creative Arts concentration) is designed to equip students for pastoral ministry and leadership within a local church setting, a non-profit organization, or a mission organization. This program is a concise, well-balanced shorter program in biblical and leadership studies for students who may not be able to commit to a more extensive program.

The AALS program provides students with significant knowledge of the Bible, a sound interpretive approach to the Scriptures, and a biblically-based theology. It equips them with an insightful understanding of biblical leadership and with the skills to serve effectively in a variety of capacities in the power of the Holy Spirit. The training and leadership skills gained in this program will equip students to minister to people in the local church setting or also in the marketplace.


The AALS program includes an apprenticeship (Practicum/Internship) - which may be completed in a church or a marketplace setting, as well as at a non-profit, or a mission organization. This allows students to integrate their studies and to clarify their personal calling in a supervised setting, helping them to forge valuable relationships and to foster their growth as a practitioner

Learning Community Setting / Cohort Option

A practical and flexible classroom setting, as well as an online cohort option, is offered in order to accommodate leaders and working adults whose responsibilities and schedules do not permit enrollment in a traditional college degree program. The cohort model allows students to engage with professors and build community, resulting in a valuable and long-lasting support network.

Full AALS Curriculum

The course descriptions for the courses listed below may be found in the Academic Catalog.

    Biblical/Theological Studies Core 15 Credits
    BS 101 Bible Panorama (or, BS 104, NT Survey)
    BS 102 Biblical Interpretation
    BS 103 Old Testament Survey
    BS 104 New Testament Survey
    TH 211 Theological Foundations: The Doctrines of God and Scripture
    TH 313 Theological Foundations: The Doctrines of Christ and Salvation

    Core Ministry & Leadership Courses 12 Credits
    (choose 4 courses)

    PT 101 Inner Healing and Prayer
    PT 102 Essentials of Spiritual Formation*
    PT 103 Communion with God*
    * Students will normally take either PT 102 or PT 103.
    PT 219 Evangelism and Discipleship
    PT 245 Fundamentals of Christian Leadership**
    PT 301 Organizational Leadership**
    **Students will normally take either PT 245 or PT 301.
    PT 345 Foundations of Preaching
    PT 456 Basics of Church Planting
    WM 305 Worship in the Life of the Church
    CE 307 Christian Education
    CE 319 Church Ministry to Children & Youth

    Required General Education Courses 15 Credits
    CH 325 Church History I
    GE 105 Intercultural Communication*
    GE 118 Introduction to Psychology
    GE 221 Research & Academic Writing*
    * Students will normally take either GE 105 or GE 221.
    GE 242 Health Studies
    GE 310 Digital Literacy Esentials
    Alternate Gen Ed Course for GE 310:
    GE 399 Introduction to World Religions

    Worship, Media, and Creative Arts Concentration
    15 Credits (choose 5 courses)

    WM 301 Foundations of Music Ministry
    WM 302 Using Creative Arts in Worship
    WM 303 History of Worship Arts
    WM 304 Innovative & Creative Worship and Media
    WM 305 Worship in the Life of the Church
    WM 406 Audio Production
    WM 407 Video Production
    WM 408 Worship Leadership & Administration
    WM 409 Music Theory
    WM 410 Music in Worship

    Practicum / Internships 3 Credits, or 6 Credits
    • Students who have little or no ministry experience need to take at least one internship course.
    • They may choose to take a second internship course in place of a Ministry & Leadership course.
    • Students who have years of ministry experience do not need to take an internship, and may take a different course instead.
    PM 301 Practicum Internship #1
    PM 302 Practicum Internship #2