Get Your Certificate in Worship Leadership


New opportunity! Consider getting a Certificate in Worship Leadership without leaving home.

This one-year (four quarters) online course through Samford University is available to any CRC worship leader, pastor, planner, or team member who would like to study worship at a deeper level but doesn’t have the time or resources for a degree. The Worship Ministries office is offering a significantly reduced price to CRC applicants. Additional scholarships may also be available.

Leave a comment below, email [email protected], or call us at 877.272.6202 with any questions. We only have 10 spots in this class, so do not hesitate. We would like to have your intent to participate in the class by July 25, 2018.  

To obtain the reduced price you must register through the Worship Ministries office. More information on this course is available on the Samford website. Fill out the attached Application form as soon as possible to participate with the CRC group.

Testimonies from CRC participants:

“I have served my church as a worship leader for 13 years, and haven't had any formal training or education aside from annual conferences. In just a few short months, I feel like I have gained a wealth of knowledge.  The Biblical foundations and practical applications that I have learned during these classes are already proving themselves invaluable in my church community. I have also enjoyed engaging with others across the country, from different churches, denominations and backgrounds. I have learned so much through our discussions.” 

- Christie Grammatikos, Olathe, KS

“Most of us have a sense of what seems right in worship, and we all certainly know what we like. What we really need is the ability to approach worship from a Biblical perspective. Relating the Gospel story to the liturgy of our weekly gatherings is the foundation for creating worship that honors God and renews his people. This program has given me a much better understanding of what that means. I have also been greatly blessed by sharing the experiences of fellow worship leaders. They have been a source of strength and learning. Through this excellent program and the wonderful people I've met, I believe I am much better equipped to serve our church.” 

- Christy Olsen, Colorado Springs, CO

"As a part-time, bivocational worship coordinator in a small Christian Reformed church, this program—the excellent texts, lectures and discussions among classmates—was exactly what I needed. I have no formal education in worship leadership, just experience and a love for God, God’s church and my church. Among many things, this program taught me theoretical, theological and historical foundations for worship. It has given me language and practical skills to use when talking about and making decisions regarding worship. It has expanded my understanding of what a worship leader/coordinator can be. And it has strengthened my conviction that God uses our corporate times of worship to do powerful things among us, in us, and then through us as we take the gospel to the world. I am so grateful for the many ways Worship Ministries encourages and affirms the gifts of worship leaders in the Christian Reformed Church." 

- Rebecca DeVries, Sioux Center, IA

I'm grateful the CRCNA has found on a way to encourage and admonish worship leaders, pastors and directors toward continued life-long education, assessment and exploration through the Worship Leader Certificate program at Samford University. As a new worship director the coursework provided a solid framework to carefully discern the nuances of this role and how it deeply impacts the spiritual formation and well-being of my congregation. The last eight months have been a journey of discovering myself, my team, my congregation and unpacking our worship identity. I've been blessed by the weekly discussions with classmates/colleagues as we've grappled with issues in modern worship and differing church traditions, hoping to come to a common call and understanding of our work. The pace of the program provided both rigor and flexibility; the coursework biblically rich, intellectually intense yet practical. On a personal note I feel more sure and confident in my calling to the role of Worship Leader/Pastor than I ever have.” 

- George Davis, Grand Rapids, MI

“Having led worship now for almost 15 years, most of what I’ve learned about worship I’ve learned through experience. While experience is a great teacher, it has been refreshing and rewarding to get some teaching about worship and its history through this certificate program. I’ve found ways in which I was doing worship wrong and ways in which what I might be doing right could be adjusted to be even better. I have really appreciated the practical, spiritual and historical approach that this certificate program has taken, and I would recommend this program to anyone who has the opportunity to take it.”  

- Austin Gentry, Rockford, MI

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