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Worship Ministry

Oh come, let us worship and bow down! Come, let us adore Him! Come into His Presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise! Bless His holy Name!

Are we ever closer to heaven

than when we join with the saints and angels before the throne, raising our voices in worship and praise to our Lord?

What an incredible privilege

it is to have the opportunity to experience such heights of glory while still here on earth! And what an honor and responsibility it is to be called to lead God’s people in expressing their adoration and thanksgiving!

If that is your call and gifting, our Worship concentration can help you sharpen your skills to more effectively express your ministry in the Body of Christ.

You will explore

the theology of worship and music as developed in biblical and Church history, creating a foundation from which you will serve. Since you will want to be sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit in every service, you will become thoroughly familiar with how you can sense your spirit and the Spirit Who lives within.


You will practice

hearing and living out of His voice every day so that it becomes normal for you to live naturally supernatural. You will grow in your understanding of the anointing and what you can do to walk and minister in an increased anointing of the Spirit.

Because worship

is such a potent weapon, you will learn about spiritual warfare and the importance and power of music in both the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Heaven.

The call to worship is a high and holy calling that is upon every believer. The Worship concentration of CLU can help you achieve a lifestyle of worship and equip you to be a leader of worship.

Online Worship Ministry Degrees

The courses listed below may be taken as a Worship Ministry Certificate or applied as a major concentration toward any of the following online Worship Ministry Degrees:

Additional work is required when an undergraduate-level course is taken on the graduate level. Course substitutions and combining major concentrations are possible when working toward your Christian Leadership Degree online. Discuss these options with the Dean. The key is to follow God’s passion within your heart. Students in the Master’s and Doctoral programs earn approximately 30 credits for each degree from specific courses, and the remaining 10 credits by doing practical ministry work and earning “practica” credits.

Worship Ministry Courses Online and by Correspondence

All of the courses listed below are available by distance learning, and you can submit your coursework online. Your course materials are normally sent by mail, though our top 18 most popular courses are available as downloadable PDF ebooks, MP3 and video downloads if that is your preference. You will be able to contact your instructor online and conveniently email any assignments to him.

Tuition is $100 per credit. Course materials are in addition and generally under $100 per course. The courses may be purchased individually or as a total package. If purchased as a pre-paid package of 10 or more, the cost of tuition is reduced by 20%. Prices are subject to change without notice. Payment may be made by credit card.

Worship Ministry Certificate Online

To receive a Worship Ministry Certificate a student must complete a minimum of 10 of the courses below. One of them must be Communion With God.

Available Courses


REN103 Communion With God (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
REN503 Communion With God (Graduate) (Course Syllabus) 4 credits
This course teaches you how to clearly hear God’s voice, see divine vision and journal (write out what God is speaking to you). The Holy Spirit is the Wonderful Counselor, and when you can hear His voice on a regular basis, He provides wonderful counsel to your heart. Eighty percent of the counseling needs of a church will disappear once they are taught the course Communion With God.

“I’m taking Communion With God. I am so blessed so far. My life is already completely transformed. I went from hearing God speak to me once in a while to hearing Him not just in my journaling times but even throughout the rest of the day. What a difference this has made.” — Andrew Steck

“We have been using Communion With God for some months now in all our home groups and one after another people whose prayer lives were dry difficult affairs have blossomed as they have heard the Heavenly Father commune with them, His children.” — Rev. Bill A. VanZutphen, Baptist Church, Wollongong, Australia

“Oh my, I am speechless…I have completed only the first several lessons in Communion With God and my life has been totally, totally transformed. He is such a wonderful, wonderful God. A few months ago I told Him I was desperate for more of Him…I had no idea His answer to my prayer would be so exceedingly abundantly above anything I could ever have imagined. My days and nights are now filled with His presence. Thank you for your service to Him, Mr. Virkler. I will be in touch as I progress through the course….” — Amy

WOR101 Believer’s Worship I (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
A key foundation of the worship ministry degree, in this course, we will define worship and explore its priority in the life of the believer. We will learn how to become a worshiper, as well as our responsibility as a worshiper. In addition, we will examine “the new song,” praise in the life of Jesus, and experiencing the presence of God in worship.

LEA103 Gifted to Succeed (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
“To each of us grace has been given according to the measure of Christ’s gift…And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints.” Do you know which of these heart motivations God has given to you? Is God asking you to express this heart motivation within or outside the structured church, or both? Which ministry or vocation is He asking you to express yourself through? What kinds of people do you need next to you to make you most effective? These questions and many others will be answered.



“These last 12 weeks have been like looking into a mirror and seeing things in me that I have never seen before. Then taking those things, learning more about them and pruning them to work most effectively for and in myself, my life and my ministry.” —Student taking Gifted to Succeed

WOR202 Theology of Music (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
The real meaning and purpose of music will be explored, as well as its importance and relationship to the spirit world. The power of kingdom music will be examined, as will the role of music in praise and worship, spiritual warfare, prophecy, and revival.

PRO201 Releasing Spiritual Gifts (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Astounding supernatural gifts from God, freely given to you! In this course, you will discover what these nine gifts are, see how they were used in Scripture, and learn to identify them within yourself. The goal will be to release God’s gifts and grace through you to others, and in so doing, demonstrate God’s love on earth. As people are touched by the power and wisdom of God, they are drawn to Him and want to know Him more!

REN204 Naturally Supernatural (Course Syllabus) 3 credits Through the working of Almighty God, He has joined His Spirit to our spirits. We will study and experience the glory of Christ (through the Holy Spirit) living within us, as well as ways of approaching Him and releasing His indwelling presence. We abide in Christ to the extent that we know that Christ abides in us. We will also learn how to allow the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit within us to flow out through us. Prerequisite: REN103 Communion With God.

“This course radically changed my life in every way possible. When once the Christian life was somewhat of a duty and chore, it is now a lifestyle of rest. What was once my trying to be good for the Lord is now having Him be good out through me. What was striving to serve Him in every aspect of my life is now simply loving Him and yielding to His Spirit to live out of me. By understanding, experiencing, and living out the seven revelation truths of abiding, my life in every way and dimension has been radically changed.” —Student taking Naturally Supernatural

Every Christian should read Naturally Supernatural at least once a week! You write so clearly it would be pleasant to sit under your teaching! It really would be a life changing experience!

— Isaac E. Rerri

REN206 Increasing the Anointing (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
The key to the successful Christian life is walking and living in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This course has three emphases: First it is designed to help you become aware of your spirit. All 1400 verses of Scripture that deal with the heart and spirit of man are closely considered with the one supreme objective of learning to sense your spirit and the Spirit of Christ within your spirit. From there you go on to examine the anointing of the Holy Spirit and how the anointing can be increased in your life. Finally, you will try to get to know the Holy Spirit as a Person.

“Throughout the duration of this course, I have been provoked to go after God like never before: to receive a greater measure of His anointing to bring liberty to captives, and God’s presence to all I encounter. I am challenged to fast and pray more on a regular basis, learn more about the anointing and start living out, through simple daily obedience, what God has called me to. I am also learning not to rely on my strength to get the job done, but to solely rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, and this too will increase the anointing on my life, which in tern will affect everything I do.” —Student taking Increasing the Anointing

COU203 Cornerstones of Communication (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Communication is the center of all relationships, yet most of us are untaught on the dynamics of great communication skills. This course will teach you these skills. With practice, every relationship you enter into will be much more effective, including relationships with your spouse and children. Give yourself the gift of outstanding communication skills.

“I think I can safely say that effective communication skills are one of the most, if not the most, important set of skills one can have in day-to-day living. Without the ability to properly communicate, we cannot get through life properly, as relationships are a central aspect of our lives. “As a result of this course, I have learned skills that I will be using every day of my life. I have always been faced with situations that have required excellent communication and negotiation skills. Many situations were changed because I was able to implement some of the things I had learned about negotiation from this course. This stuff works!” —Student taking Cornerstones of Communication

REN208 War in the Spirit (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers….” How often are Christians caught unaware of the enemy who rages around them seeking to devour them. With proper understanding and perspective, we can effectively engage the enemy and defeat him and his efforts against our lives, families, ministries and homes. Be a trained and prepared soldier.

“It was absolutely life-changing. The thing I liked most about the course was…Everything! All of the course material was taught in a very strategic, insightful way. My instructor, Dr. Karen King, was absolutely great. The course has literally changed my life. I feel more empowered and faith-filled than ever. Great class!!” —Student taking War in the Spirit

PRO301 Introduction to the Prophetic (Course Syllabus) 3 credits

An introduction to the nature and purpose of prophetic revelation and its proper function in the Body of Christ. You will be inspired and challenged to be a prophetic person. Subjects include: the power and perils of the prophetic, being a prophetic people, the song of the Lord, seven expressions of the prophetic spirit, and others.

“I feel that my life has already been transformed. God is giving me more visions, dreams and direction.” – Student taking Introduction to the Prophetic


LEA321 Visionary Leadership (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Jesus’ leadership approach with His “staff” ran counter to most of the management styles and techniques employed today. In this course, you will explore the three categories of strengths behind Jesus’ leadership techniques: the strength of self-mastery, the strength of action, and the strength of relationships. You will learn a plan to heighten your awareness level in each category and to assist you in the process of mastering them all, which is necessary for you to become an empowered leader in this millennium.

LEA203 Five-Fold Leadership (Course Syllabus) 4 credits
“…they had ordained them elders in every church…” (Acts 14:23). Biblical precedent indicates that local churches were governed by a team of elders. God never let the rulership of the body rest on the shoulders of one man, knowing that each of us has weaknesses and limitations, and that no one man can completely represent full truth, wisdom and power as Jesus did. This course will help local church leadership function more effectively as a team, honoring the gifts of all. However, God’s leadership plan was not limited to the walls of the church. The Five-Fold Leadership plan will also be applied to everyday life and the marketplace where gifts and talents are surrendered to God to accomplish His purposes in the world. Prerequisites: LEA103 (required); MIN210 (recommended). This course will be most useful if you are currently a part of a leadership team.

WOR110 Ministering to the Lord (Course Syllabus3 credits
All of the ministry we do for the Lord, flows out of our ministry to the Lord. In this course, we will explore the personal aspects of worship and how you are invited into His Presence to minister before Him. Just as the faithful sons of Zadok were rewarded with the opportunity to minister to the Lord, so you too will discover the prize of His Presence. You will also learn about how worship is the foundation and culmination of your walk with God. Prepare to be provoked to respond to His invitation by saying “Yes” and take your place in God’s Kingdom of Priests.

Don't wait another day

Dramatically improve the quality and effectiveness of your worship today by putting the power of the voice of God at the center of the process.