Southwestern Seminary’s Renewed, Fully Online Worship Leadership Degree Provides Flexibility for Ministers

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A newly revised, 36-hour Master of Arts in Worship Leadership (MAWL) is now available entirely online and in a new eight-week structure in the School of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, school leaders announced recently.

Joseph R. Crider, dean of the School of Church Music and Worship, says the degree, designed to provide the core biblical and theological foundations for the church worship leader, is especially appropriate for the student already serving in a ministry position.

“The new online format offers maximum flexibility for worship leaders to pursue ministry training without having to leave their churches,” Crider says. “In addition, the new online format provides significant real-time interaction with our faculty during the 8-week session and, therefore, practical application of the course material can be made directly to the student’s ministry.”

The degree is designed to be transferrable to other degrees, including the new Master of Music in Worship Leadership (MMWL), a 59-hour degree for residential students. Crider says he anticipates that many students will choose to move to Fort Worth to pursue other residential degrees or to complete the additional 23 hours required for the MMWL.

The online format provides key training for worship leaders and includes online lectures, video conferencing with professors and students, and one-on-one mentoring with faculty.

Such faculty include Charles T. Lewis, associate dean of the School of Church Music and Worship, and Scott Aniol, associate professor of church music and worship.

Regarding the new degree and leadership training opportunity, Lewis says, “We are excited to offer this new online degree for worship leaders that provides maximum flexibility to any student in any country on any continent in any time zone.”

Aniol adds, “We’re so happy to be able to offer this newly refreshed Master of Arts in Worship Leadership that is now even more flexible for those currently in ministry and more robust in the courses we are able to offer.”

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Source: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary