OKLAHOMA CITY – Mid-America Christian University (MACU) announced that beginning in the Fall 2015 semester, students will have the opportunity to learn from international recording vocalist Sandi Patty while pursuing a new, one-year Certificate in Worship Arts & Leadership.
In addition to weekly course trainings, Ms. Patty will also meet with students prior to concerts for additional training and apprenticeship-type instruction.
MACU President, Dr. John Fozard said, “From the days of pastoring to current time, I am inundated with requests on where to find ministers of music. There is a serious shortage of worship leaders in our churches, especially those who have been trained regarding theology of worship and its practical applications, due to lack of training specifically focused on preparing worship leaders. This has weighed heavily on my heart.”
In March, Fozard met with Patty requesting her to pray about helping the university develop a certificate focused primarily on worship ministry. Sandi shared she had been praying to do this very thing. Sandi and her husband, Don Peslis, have met with the Mid-America School of Music professors and administrative team to develop the program.
“The fact is that I always wanted to be a teacher and my life took a little bit of a different turn performing all of these years. But as that season of my life winds down, I’m excited to wind it back up and be part of the faculty with this much needed certificate. It’s going to be an incredible impact on the churches in this world,” said Patty.
The certificate will be a one-year certificate covering 24 hours of college credit. Students may apply the hours to a Bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts & Leadership. The certificate program will be inclusive of all higher education age groups – recent high school graduates, existing college students and working adults.