Certificate in Worship Studies

SPU community members engage in worship


The Certificate in Worship Studies is a seven-month program open to all adult learners. The program will consist of two, seven month courses in worship and the arts (with both in person and online components) as well as a weekend intensive course held in-person on February 24-25, 2023. As you pursue the CWS, you will cultivate your creative gifts to serve in worship leadership including songwriting, music proficiency, and visual arts. You will learn within a cohort of diverse peers where you can collaborate on your creative projects. The program will equip you with a biblical, historical, and theological foundation for Christian worship.

The second cohort for this program will begin in late Fall 2022.


  1. Focused Learning in Worship and the Arts
    Participants will learn from seasoned leaders and experts in the field of worship and the arts.

  2. Hybrid Model
    This program has both in-person and online elements and includes a flexible online component where you can learn at your own pace.

  3. Resourcing for Growth and Development
    You will have access to hands-on resourcing from SPU faculty as well as nationally known leaders as you engage with your own development in worship and the arts.

  4. Interactive Seminars
    While participants will engage with an online component, there will be interactive, in-person seminars held every 10-12 weeks.

  5. Personal growth
    You will also experience rich opportunities for worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual growth in the context of SPU’s evangelical Wesleyan heritage.

  6. Artistic Development
    Our program is committed to developing leaders in worship and the arts, so this program includes time and materials for you to develop your passions and craft.

Application information

Program Cost: $1,200 (significant scholarships are available). 



Faculty Contact

Matthew Sigler

Associate Professor of Worship and Historical Theology
PhD, Boston University

Email: siglerm@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2714
Office:  Alexander & Adelaide Hall 209

Added benefits

Those who complete the Certificate in Worship Studies: 

Stephen Newby

If the body of Christ truly wants this present generation to flourish and lift up the cross of Jesus Christ, It must carefully examine its ways of engaging the culture, ways of living out its worship unto God, and making disciples of Jesus Christ — all these entities are forms of worship as unto our Lord.

Stephen Newby
DMA, Professor of Music and Composer in Residence