Master of Ministry in Worship and Music Leadership

This three-year 45-credit-hour programme, offered jointly with Bandung Theological Seminary (BTS), is designed to equip experienced worship and music ministry pastors and leaders, choral conductors and music team leaders with musical, pastoral, biblical, theological, and practical concepts and skills in order that they may be effective catalysts for the greater growth of God’s church in Indonesia and Asia.

Areas of Specialisation

Students can choose to major in:
1. choral conducting (for those involved in choir ministry) or
2. ministry leadership (for those who lead worship and/or music ministries).

Educational Methods

The M.Min. in Worship and Music Leadership curriculum is offered in a hybrid format:

  1. On-campus modules at BTS

    Learn from SBC faculty three times a year for five-day worship and music modules. Students without prior theological training will take three modules within the three years of study to learn from BTS faculty.

  2. Group interaction and online discussions
    Engage with faculty and students online in two to three months of group interaction and structured distance-learning after the residential period while working on your assignments and projects.
  3. Intercultural learning

    Interact with and learn from international and national participants of the annual Selah Retreat or other symposiums organised by SBC in Singapore, Indonesia and other parts of Asia.

  4. DailyWorship

    Participate in daily community worship during the residential periods.

  5. Field education

Apply, interact with, and integrate what is learned in classes into actual ministry situations while completing the post-residential assignments that require the students to work with a choir, worship team, worship ministry members, or congregation.

Students will also work alongside the faculty in organizing and co-teaching/leading in retreats and summits. 

The M.Min. in Worship and Music Leadership programme requires three years of full-time study to complete from the time of admission.

Worship and music courses taught by the SBC faculty will be in English. Bible and theology courses taught by the BTS faculty will be in Bahasa Indonesia.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or seminary
  • 9 credit hours of the required SCM core theology courses from an ATA-accredited seminary. Those without these courses will be required to take the three required Bible and theology courses.
  • DVD recording of a recital within the last three years of application or of ABRSM Grade 8 pieces (or equivalent) (visit for more information, availability in your country, and equivalence)

English Language Minimum Requirements

  • TOEFL: 550 (PBT)/213 (CBT)/80 (IBT)
  • IELTS:  6.0

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years of age
  • Baptised Christian of at least four years
  • Music and/or worship ministry leadership experience of at least two years
  • Pass the interview and entrance examination in music theory, basic musicianship, and practical leadership skills.


  • Completion of all credit hours of studies as required by the school
  • Meet the minimum GPA as required
  • Approved Christian character


CORE COURSES (29 credit hours)​

Course Title 数学分
Spiritual Leadership 2
Church Music History 2
Christian Worship 2
Church Music Administration 1
Congregational Song 2
Music and the Creative Arts 2
Worship Design and Leadership 2
Children’s Music Ministries 1
Youth-Senior Adult Music Ministries 1
Vocal Development 1
Intercultural Learning 1-3 3
Music Writing, Arrangement, and Transcription 2
Conducting Techniques 1-2 2
Total Credit Hours 29


Course Title 数学分
Church Music Literature Survey 1-2 2
Choir Laboratory 1-2 -
Worship Team 1
Church Music Practice 1
Emotional Health of a Church Musician 1
Worship Leadership Practicum 1
Liturgical Renewal 1
Project 1: Spiritual Leadership and Pastoral Ministry 3
Project 2: Choose 1 of the 3 options:
  1. Ministry Recital/Concert
  2. Special Service
  3. Curriculum Design and Implementation
Total Credit Hours 13


Course Title 数学分
Church Music Literature 1-2 2
Conducting Laboratory 1-2 -
Score Study and Interpretation 2
Basic Rehearsal Techniques 1
Basic Diction 1
Instrumental Methods 1
Project 1: Spiritual Leadership and Pastoral Ministry 3
Project 2: Choose 1 of the 2 options:
  1. Ministry Recital
  2. Lecture Recital
Total Credit Hours 13


Course Title 数学分
Old Testament Theology 3
New Testament Theology 3
Introduction to Systematic Theology 3
Total Credit Hours 9