Christian Worship

Northwest Christian University’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Worship major will equip the next generation of leaders to pastor people in authentic worship of God. Beyond church ministry positions, students can apply this degree in innovative and relevant ways within intercultural and para-church organizations.

Christian Worship majors at NCU gain a strong foundation through a biblically and theologically sound course-load. They learn to not only think theologically, historically, and biblically about worship, but they are challenged to contextualize it for today’s culture. For flexibility and enhancement of study expertise, students may choose a concentration in Music or Creative Arts.

Why Choose Christian Worship at NCU?

In addition to its innovative and theologically strong curriculum, NCU’s Christian Worship program will help the student in the following:

  • Become better worshipers Students will learn what it means to experience the privilege of offering public worship to God in Christ through the Spirit and to grow in the joy of new life in Christ.
  • Become better worship theologians. Students will learn how to critically think through and articulate key biblical, historical and theological aspects of Christian corporate worship.
  • Become better pastoral worship leaders. Students will learn to develop pastoral skills for applying Christian worship principles in church and para-church settings.
  • Become better creative arts or music technologists. Students will learn how to incorporate these skills to enhance the beauty of worship in the church and many other cultural settings.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities in Christian Worship:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Camp/Retreat Center Director
  • Youth Minister
  • Children’s Ministry/Pastor
  • Professor at a Christian University
  • Campus Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Women’s Pastor
  • Men’s Pastor
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Worship Leader
  • Music Pastor
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Conductor
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Arranger


University Choir & Orchestra

A 50 voice high-energy contemporary choir and orchestra. UCO is featured in the annual “Experience Christmas with NCU” concert as well as performs in NCU’s annual “Spring Desserts” theatrical production as the ensemble and orchestra.


A high-performance ensemble specializing in contemporary pop and gospel music.  Willow is featured regularly in NCU music productions and at community events.

Instrumental Ensemble

The Jazz and Pep Band perform regularly at NCU music events, shows, and games. They occasionally travel and lead worship in the church setting.

The Grove Collective

The Grove Collective is the premier touring ensemble at the University.  After completion of their first year, students may audition for The Grove Collective in one of two tracks: Artistry or Industry.  NCU faculty and staff mentoring coupled with student ownership and initiative creates a thriving, engaging and creative learning environment.

Sampling of Songs from The Grove Collective’s EPs

Grove Worship

Grove Worship consists of “Evergreen” and “Bloom,” – two bands who serve the NCU community through chapel worship and travel in and outside the local community performing at churches, schools, and special events. Students participating in the Artistry track will audition for Grove Worship.

Grove Tech and Production

The Grove Tech and Production team serves alongside Grove Worship in chapel as well as travel in and outside the local community with the bands. Students participating in the Industry track will audition for Grove Tech and Production.

Booking The Grove Collective

If you are interested in having The Grove Collective visit your church, school or event, please call 541-684-7281 or email for booking information.

Dramatic Story-Telling Team

A team of actors that brings biblical stories to life.  They currently work alongside The Grove Collective to serve in chapel.


“Being a part of the music department for four years has allowed me not only to discern God’s call on my life with greater clarity, but it’s also given me practical physical and spiritual resources necessary to actually live that calling out. I have been pushed further than I ever knew I could go, further than I ever would’ve gone without the encouragement and support of my professors and my peers. The experiences I’ve had here have surely made an eternal impact on my life.”

– Delaney McMahon ’16,  Music Major

Performing Arts Calendar

Auditions & Scholarships



Program Director: Karen De Young, DWS

D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
M.A., Liberty University
B.A., Azusa Pacific University

At a young age, Karen De Young developed her passion for making music by becoming classically trained in piano at the French Conservatory of Music in New Jersey. After attending Azusa Pacific University in southern California, she discovered her passion for making music …

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