School of Music


Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA)


R. Scott Connell


Worship, Leaders, Music, Educators, Education, Music, Ministry, Church


Liturgy and Worship | Music


Some of the most competent musicians in local communities are the music educators in local school districts. Since the Bible commands us to play skillfully to God, local music teachers may be an excellent resource for churches. Some churches cannot hire a full-time worship pastor from a seminary or Bible college. In these scenarios, a skilled music teacher looking for additional income and sharing convictions with their church may be a great candidate to fill a vacant worship leader role. Since music teachers primarily study classical and orchestral music, there may be challenges for classically trained music educators leading a worship service with contemporary styles. Additionally, there may be theological and ministry preparedness gaps between someone who acquired a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and someone who obtained a worship degree from a seminary or Bible college. However, there are also competent and willing future worship leaders among the ranks of today’s music educators. The findings from this quantitative study will show survey results from music educators who serve as worship leaders. The results will highlight trends, show challenges, and offer a unique perspective that could be available when a qualified music educator is leading worship. This research identifies gaps concerning the spiritual training of music educators serving as worship leaders. Additionally, the research informs music educators about worship-leading practices to address through “on the job training.”