Developing Excellence in Kingdom Minded Music and Worship Leaders
Our degrees combine classical training in music with practical application. Our ultimate aim is the glory of Christ through His church. We believe that worship renewal in the local church is key to revitalizing the evangelical church in America. The Church Music Division is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
A Word From Our Department Chair, Greg Woodward
Welcome to the Church Music Ministries Division of New Orleans Baptist Seminary. We'd love to have you come visit our city and enjoy some of the wonderful cuisine on one of our Preview Days for prospective students. We hope to provide answers to many of your questions through our website, but please feel free to contact us with any further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do we face the overwhelming challenges of providing relevant seminary training in worship studies?
Worship leaders play an important role in helping the people of God to see the connection between celebrating God's presence and hearing God's voice. This two-fold principle is displayed in Ezekiel 43. The glory of God was shown to Ezekiel, who then heard God's voice.
NOBTS is committed to providing comprehensive instruction in the essential area of church music. The challenges are daunting: 1) convincing millennials that, while they may be able to obtain a worship leadership job without a music degree or seminary training, they may not be able to sustain a lifetime of effective ministry without further education; 2) preparing worship leaders for the widest variety of musical scenarios and church identities in the history of the Evangelical church; and 3) developing a coherent curriculum which addresses the previous challenges.
Our world-class faculty is dedicated to meeting these challenges head-on. We understand the diversity of church congregations, and the varied environments our graduates will be stepping into. We have designed our curriculum to equip our students with all the tools necessary to properly lead God's people in worshiping Him.
A Brief History
In September, 1919, the Department of Music at the Baptist Bible Institute was begun by E. O. Sellers. In 1953, the Department became the School of Sacred Music. The title was changed to the School of Church Music in 1960 and to the Division of Church Music Ministries in 1972. Since its inception, the Division has been dedicated to providing instruction in a broad field of musical study which enables the student to render more effective Christian service.
The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Division of Church Music Ministries offer fully-accredited programs. The Seminary is accredited by the regional accrediting agency, The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The Seminary's graduate programs are also accredited by the professional theological accrediting agency, The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The Seminary is also an accredited institutional member of The National Association of Schools of Music.
Please feel free to contact us by telephone, e-mail, or regular mail:
Division of Church Music Ministries
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 282-4455, extension 3226 or extension 8013
(800) 662-8701, Toll Free
Office of Student Enlistment
(855) 662-8701, Toll Free