Worship arts grows stronger as Asbury’s newest major
By Joey Nunez, a senior from Harrisonburg, Va.
WILMORE, KY—Featured in Worship Leader magazine as one of the best programs for worship arts, Asbury College’s newest undergraduate major is already training future leaders. According to the 2009-2010 Bulletin, “the Worship Arts Major equips students theologically, spiritually and technically to play significant leadership roles in the worship arts in churches.”
Dr. Jon Roller, instructor of music, spoke on the practicality of this major for students to learn and to receive training to become worship pastors, who are no longer just musicians.
“Now a worship arts pastor needs to have an eye for drama, an eye for the visual arts and they need to have media understanding,” Roller explained. “Even if they are the worship leader up front with the guitar, they still need to have their eye to all the rest of the parts of a worship service today.”
Roller also explained that worship arts students will gain a broader perspective on church ministry, leadership and the arts. “This program is designed to train, to equip those kinds of leaders and for who can see the larger picture of a worship service. It is not just about music, but it is also about the arts.”
This fall semester, 12 students have declared worship arts as their major. Junior Lauren Wallace, from Catlettsburg, Ky., and sophomore Mark Beaver, from Sewell, N.J were two of those students. Wallace said, “I knew that I was called into music ministry. And when I started finding out about the major, I discovered that I would learn what I wanted to know.”
Beaver felt a similar calling upon his life. “I have loved leading worship, and I wanted to make that part of my ministry,” he said. “Worship arts makes the most sense for all my passions, for all my loves, to come together. The Lord even started confirming that as well through His Word and through other people. Even my parents, when I told them about it, were like: ‘Wow, that’s totally you.’ So it is me. It is like the ‘me’ major.”
After Asbury, Wallace would like to write songs and record music for potential. More importantly, she would love to be involved in a church and build relationships. “Worship arts is expanding my horizons and expanding my skills, and to experience what I can do excellently in the church or in the ministry,” she said.
According to Beaver, the worship arts program is “very, very good” because of what the program fundamentally offers to students. “Talking about a life with God can’t go anywhere without intimacy, and music can’t minister anywhere without a Biblical foundation,” he said.
For Beaver the worship arts enables him to utilize his gift of music. “Music has always been so instrumental in our lives. God has blessed us with that, so why not bring it back to Him and love Him with it?”
For more information about worship arts at Asbury College, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.