Church Music Ministries

Who We Are

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 Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


A Word From Our Department Chair, Greg Woodward

DSC_6376.jpgWelcome to the Church Music Ministries Program of New Orleans Baptist Seminary. New Orleans is a city known for its unique blend of music, food, and culture and provides a marvelous setting in which to study ministry and music. The campus and the city provide a rich learning environment for taking classroom instruction and applying it to the realities of ministry and outreach through the local church. 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

How do we face the overwhelming challenges of providing relevant seminary training in worship studies?

NOBTS is committed to providing comprehensive instruction in the essential area of church music. The challenges are daunting: 1) convincing the next generation of worship leaders 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 Church Music Ministries Program has been dedicated to providing instruction in a broad field of musical study which enables the student to render more effective Christian service.

Our Accreditations

The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Church Music Ministries Program 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.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us by telephone, e-mail, or regular mail:

Church Music Ministries Program

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
3939 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 816-8209
(800) 662-8701, Toll Free

Office of Admissions

(855) 662-8701, Toll Free

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