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Worship Ministry Major

Jesus Christ is at the heart of worship, and it’s no coincidence that He is also at the center of everything we do at Cornerstone University. The Bachelor of Arts in worship ministry program trains today’s and tomorrow’s church leaders theologically and musically in the skills necessary to plan and lead worship that invites active participation in the presence of the LORD.

A major in worship ministry features classes in music and worship, ministry and theology, spiritual formation, and foundations of Christian spirituality. Taught from a Christian worldview perspective by professors with experience in the leading worship for congregations of all sizes, this program equips you to graduate with the resolve to serve Christ and lead congregations across the world with dedication and faithfulness.

All music degrees require an audition for entrance into the program and scholarship eligibility. The audition occurs in the spring semester of the high school senior year or at the conclusion of the freshman fall semester.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • On Campus
  • Residential


  • Grand Rapids


Cornerstone has partnered with churches large and small across West Michigan to provide internships to our dedicated students. This valuable experience prepares students to lead faithfully and serve wholeheartedly.


  • Caledonia Christian Reformed Church
  • Central Wesleyan Church
  • Christ Memorial Church
  • Highpoint Church's Naperville Campus
  • Tabernacle Community Church


Worship ministry opportunities for our graduates are boundless. You’ll find worship ministry graduates across the country and across the world, leading congregations in one voice to worship our God.


  • Church music director
  • Worship leader
  • Worship musician
  • Youth music ministry
  • Arranger
  • Music director
  • Recording artist
  • Songwriter
  • Touring artist


Of Communication, Media & Music Division graduates from the class of 2019 were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.


Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.


Of students participate in internship or practicum experiences.

Program Features

The worship ministry program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character, and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom. From expert professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

Music Scholarships

Each year, qualified music majors and minors are invited to apply for instrumental or vocal music scholarships. Review our scholarship requirements and audition information to learn more.

Music Ensembles

Cornerstone offers a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles and student groups. Ensembles are just one of the ways our music programs cultivate community among the next generation of musicians, providing opportunities for students to hone their craft together.

Study Abroad Opportunities

As a Cornerstone music student, you will have opportunities to study off-campus in the United States and abroad! Two of our most popular experiences include studying in Nashville, Tennessee, and participating in the international performance tour with our Chorale ensemble.

Alumni Outcomes

Cornerstone music alumni have received honors and opportunities such as:

  • Michigan Competitive Band Association State Champion.
  • Army Band — United State Military Academy and West Point.
  • Top 12 on ABC’s “Rising Star.”
  • RCA Today magazine feature.

Through my training here, I was encouraged to fuse together my training in classical music with newly developed skills in Christian contemporary music, gospel, jazz and Latin American music in order to build bridges between genres in the music world.

Alyssa Kaiser (’21)


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Related Programs

The School of Ministry, Media & the Arts has several programs that will prepare you for what’s next. Here are some of the other programs available for students interested in music.

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