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Ministering Through Music

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a survey of current musical types, forms, and styles utilized in Pentecostal worship, with emphasis on understanding the Scriptural role of music in worship.

  • CIMS Credit: 1
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

Upon learning that I would have the opportunity to teach a course in the School of Ministry CIMS series, I was delighted to immediately begin preparation for Ministering Through Music. My task was made even more rewarding when I discovered the video-teaching sessions were going to be edited for book publication. The ideas, reflections and recommendations presented in this book represent years of experience as a church musician, teacher, administrator, writer, music minister and worshiper. My first meaningful experiences in music were related to church worship and ministry. I made an early commitment to be involved in music and music ministry in response to the call of God on my life.

From those youthful performing experiences at the keyboard or in the church choir, band and various ensembles, I began to understand something of both the privileges and responsibilities of music ministry. Subsequent opportunities in higher education, as teacher, administrator and conductor afforded time for growth both as musician and minister. Practical issues relating to performance standards and techniques for volunteer church musicians were addressed through writing, arranging and conducting activities. A commitment to excellence in ministry and in music has been a lifelong pursuit made more intense by my growing awareness that the role music plays in Kingdom work is perhaps more important now than at any previous time.

Although many different aspects of ministering through music are addressed in the text that follows, I have emphasized the importance of the role of true worship in the life of twenty-first-century believers. My own development as a worshiper has grown immensely in the last decade of my Christian experience. True worship is a high calling, and God is deserving of our highest praise. Hopefully, this book will encourage and enable both author and reader in increasingly effective music ministry to the “ worship generation.”

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Discuss the current musical types, forms, and styles utilized in Pentecostal worship.
  2. Describe the Scriptural role of music in worship.
  3. Organize a music department, emphasizing the ministry aspect.
  4. Describe the power of music.
  1. The Role of Worship
  2. The Worship Experience
  3. Musical Types in Worship
  4. A Word-Centered Music Ministry
  5. A Worship Paradigm
  6. The Service Design
  7. Blended Worship
  8. Organization and Structure
  9. Expanding Methodology
  10. Music Support Systems
  11. Leading Worship
  12. The Sacred-Secular Issue
  13. Spiritual Music in the Church
  14. The Power of Music

Video Lesson 1: The Role of Worship

Your Instructors

Dr. Delton Alford

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

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