University of Mobile Announces New Master of Arts in Worship Leadership and Theology

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MOBILE, Ala. – A new master’s degree at University of Mobile prepares church music leaders to be effective pastors and spiritual leaders in their congregations.

The Master of Arts in Worship Leadership and Theology will start Fall 2018, pending approval by the UM Board of Trustees. The new degree merges coursework from both the university’s School of Christian Studies and the Alabama School of the Arts.

“Congregations are realizing that they need music pastors who not only have both the musical and technical skills to lead many different styles of music, but also have the deep theological training needed to be an effective pastor to help meet the spiritual needs of the congregation,” said Dr. Steve Bowersox, chair of the Department of Worship Leadership.

“It’s a challenging change for many in music ministry today and is guiding how our university prepares graduates for careers in music ministry,” Bowersox added.

The master’s degree program is flexible and convenient for working adults as well as traditional students. Courses are offered online. A three-day intensive twice a year will be held on campus and live-streamed online.

“Worship pastors have an important responsibility – to ensure that God’s people are worshiping the one, true God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength,” said Kyle Beshears, associate dean of the School of Christian Studies.

“Worship isn’t something that stops when music ends in the sanctuary on Sundays; worship is something we do always and forever to the glory of God,” he added.

For that reason, coursework will give participants a solid grounding in the theological principles of genuine worship as well as the literature, culture, history and theology of Old and New Testaments. In addition to foundations of leadership, conflict management and relationship-building, students will learn pastoral elements of caring for and leading a congregation from within the worship arts context, Beshears said.

Students will learn about resources and techniques for worship leaders, including the use of drama and lighting, reading and conducting a musical score, preparation and flow of song lists, MIDI technology and sound reinforcement.

For more about the new Master of Arts in Worship Leadership and Theology, call the Alabama College for Professional and Continuing Studies at 251.442.2287, email or apply at

About University of Mobile
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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