School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


William Douglas Crawley


Discipleship, Worship Leader, Southern Baptist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, Music Minister


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Despite the growing interest in Christian faith development through Bible study, prayer groups, literature, and other media, there has been little to no research completed in the area of discipleship of worship leaders. This study will be an examination of discipleship activities that are offered within the Southern Baptist churches and the average duration of engagement of these activities by worship leaders. How the discipleship of the worship leader affects the ministry of the worship leader, participation in leadership-focused activities, and the personal and professional growth of the worship leader will be examined through questionnaires for both pastors and worship leaders. In 1 Timothy 3:14-4:16 the Apostle Paul gives Timothy instructions for leading the church in Ephesus. Kauflin explains that “Paul knew that a leader’s spiritual life is never a private matter. Timothy was a leader so Paul wisely charged him to set an example” (Kauflin, 2008, 44). Prior research reveals how discipleship influences worship renewal. Haglund writes “this strategy of discipleship through worship renewal has not worked. It is time to flip it around and pursue worship renewal through discipleship” (Haglund, 2017, 97). This study can help churches to analyze how the application of discipleship activities for worship leaders can contribute to the effectiveness of their leadership and personal spiritual growth. The study will also indicate how worship leaders apply discipleship training to their ministry contexts.