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Ministry–Worship and Creative Arts Concentration & Youth and Emerging Adult
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Department of Christian Ministries

Ministry–Worship and Creative Arts Concentration & Youth and Emerging Adult

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

Build a foundation in music, ministry, and technology.

The Worship and Creative Arts Concentration may be right for you if you

  • have a passion for leading
  • enjoy singing
  • are eager to learn about music and worship

Why study ministry at Northwestern?

Northwestern has been training the next generation of church leaders, missionaries, nonprofit leaders, and other ministers for over 100 years. Making us one of the best places to study the Bible in Minnesota and the nation. With our small class sizes, you'll get hands-on attention from experienced ministry professionals with years of experience in the field.

Students complete a minimum of 20 credits in music ministry and technology. Classes include Music Ministry Foundations, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.

Considering a double major?

The Bachelor of Science in Ministry with a Worship and Creative Arts concentration works well as a double major with a B.S. in Music with an emphasis in Music Ministry major.

Accelerated MA in Ministry Leadership

Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Ministry with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Ministry majors complete up to 16 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during the fifth year of study. The fifth-year can be completed on-site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.

What will I learn?

You will learn to teach and lead others and help the church worship God through music and the creative arts.


of Northwestern ministry graduates had professional employment within 6 months


complete 200 hours of ministry experience during internships


of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern

Careers in ministry

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in ministry.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Campus ministry
  • Christian education
  • Curriculum development (church/para-church)
  • Ministry support or coordination
  • Pastoral roles
  • Para-church ministry worker
  • Social/human services worker or case manager
  • Camp administrator
  • Fund development
  • Disaster/aid relief worker
  • Program administration or development
  • Dorm parent/international school or residential treatment facility
  • Missions or tent making ministry
  • Residence life or student development
  • Job development or life skills coaching

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Christian colleges
  • Local churches and denominational offices
  • Mission agencies
  • Parachurch organizations
  • Social and human services organizations
  • Educational programs (non-licensure)
  • Curriculum publishing companies
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Parks and recreation programs
  • Community services agencies/programs (financial, family planning, health and wellness, marriage, vocational, food/housing assistance, military family support)
  • National and international humanitarian aid organizations
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As a ministry major, I hope to be an influence in someone’s life through sharing Jesus Christ by taking what I learn and sharing it with them. The classes that I’m taking are opening my mind and eyes to know and learn a lot of things that I’ve never thought ministry could include.

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Pursue mentoring relationships with ministry leaders you respect.
  • Subscribe to ministry publications and join ministry associations.
  • Obtain part-time, Summer, internship or volunteer experience in churches as well as hospitals, camps or overseas programs, or in advocacy or service-oriented programs addressing alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, aging, poverty, disabilities, etc.
  • Serve as a peer mentor, resident assistant, or student advisor to cultivate leadership and program development skills.
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of pop culture, trends, and issues facing society. Know the trends that will affect your ministry.
  • Early in your career, you may need to supplement ministry income with other work.

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