Worship Arts Lab
June 26-29, 2019
The Worship Arts Lab at APU exists to equip the next generation of leaders in worship and the arts with an understanding that the youth of today will play a powerful role in shaping the worship of tomorrow.
The Worship Arts Lab is a specialized 4-day workshop for high school youth, youth leaders, and worship pastors who help plan and lead worship at their local churches. High school students can sign up by themselves, or worship pastors and youth leaders can bring their entire youth worship teams to connect with professionals in the field, APU faculty, and advanced APU students. This experience is designed to help high school students think theologically about worship, while also helping them develop practical skills.
The APU music and worship major offers tracks in Performance, Music Production, Composing/Songwriting, Global Worship and Culture, Christian Ministries, Youth Ministries, Biblical Studies, and Visual Art and Graphic Design. Worship Arts Lab 2018 will focus on music and visual arts.
Why the Worship Arts Lab?
More than a camp. The Worship Arts Lab is a holistic experience designed to foster growth in future worship leaders. We aren’t just here to have fun (although we will), we are here for specific purposes: to learn to worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; to hone our skills and abilities for the sake of serving others; and to go forth and lead others in worship through deep biblical understanding and theological reflection.
Practical training for individuals and teams. Students receive hands-on skills development designed to enhance and improve abilities in worship leadership and craftsmanship.
Theological reflection. Time is spent studying biblical and theological principles for worship, and worship arts faculty facilitate discussion and reflection in these areas.
A chance to experiment and grow. Time is devoted to mentoring and development throughout the lab experience, which is designed to foster growth for each person attending.
Earn 3 Units of College Credit at Worship Arts Lab
Who is Eligible?
High school juniors and seniors enrolled in WAL can receive 3 units of college credit, applicable as elective units toward any undergraduate degree at APU—a value of more than $3,000. This is a unique opportunity for our young leaders as we explore worship, formation, and calling.
How Much Does WAL Cost?
The cost to participate in WAL is $175, and the cost to participate in the class for academic credit is $150, so the total cost is $325.
What Work is Required with Earning Academic Credit?
The class functions like a hybrid course, with online and face-to-face portions. The Worship Arts Lab, which occurs June 27-30 on APU’s campus, is the face-to-face portion of the class, and the online portion is conducted in Canvas. Additional course highlights include the following:
- Helps students explore worship, formation, and calling in the context of ministry.
- The course runs five weeks, June 18-July 20. We will begin and end the course online via Canvas. Worship Arts Lab comprises week two.
- Earn 3 units of college course credit (MUS 441 Music in Worship)
- Readings including Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP Books, 2016) by Tish Harrison Warren, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit (HarperOne, 2010) by Henri Nouwen, as well as Enneagram assessments and discussion.
- Online discussion and engagement with APU faculty and fellow students before and after Worship Arts Lab.
- Special sessions each afternoon at Worship Arts Lab facilitated by APU assistant professor of music and worship Stephen Martin.
How Do I Sign Up to Earn Academic Credit?
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come by myself?
Yes. High school students can come individually or as a group. We encourage youth pastors and leaders to join their students but they are not required to attend. Adult youth pastors and leaders cannot come on their own.
What are the age requirements?
Students must be in high school (including incoming freshmen).
What is the Worship Arts Lab?
The Worship Arts Lab is an experience created for the purpose of equipping the next generation of leaders in worship and the arts. The lab is designed for high school students who are dedicated to the proposition that worship leadership is a calling, not merely a craft. The Worship Arts Lab is a 4-day/3-night intensive that focuses on practical artistic and musical skills for effective worship leadership. Students are trained in the arts, guided through biblical and theological principles for worship, and invited to critically reflect on the significance of worship leadership.
What are the dates and location?
June 26-29, 2019
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
Who are the featured speakers?
Speakers include professionals in the field of worship leadership, along with APU faculty and students.
What kinds of classes and activities are involved?
The lab consists of intensive worship workshops (lab sessions), skills development workshops (craftsmanship), and small-group sessions. Each individual works in the small group they came with or is assigned to a group. APU students and faculty help guide discussions, critical thinking, and development of artistic skills throughout each of the sessions and workshops.
Are meals and lodging provided?
Yes, students will stay in the APU dorms, and meals are provided.
What should I bring?
Your instrument! Bring the normal stuff, too: sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, jacket/sweatshirt, Bible, journal, pen, etc.
What can’t I bring?
Drugs, alcohol, weapons, etc.
Is transportation provided?
You will need to provide your own transportation to APU. All activities will take place on or near campus.
What does the daily schedule look like?
10 a.m.-12 p.m.—Registration
4-5 p.m.—Breakout Groups (Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Bass and Drums, Orchestral Instruments)
5-6:30 p.m.—Dinner with Small Groups
8:30 p.m.—Jam Session
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.—Lab
1:30-2:30 p.m.—Breakout Groups (Vocals, Keys and Guitar, Bass and Drums)
2:30-3 p.m.—Snack Breaks
3-4 p.m.—Breakout Session (Songwriting 101, Technology for the Worship Space, Creating Art for Worship 101)
4-5 p.m.—Optional Breakout Session (Music Theory and Songwriting 201, Free Time)
5-6:30 p.m.—Dinner with Small Groups
8-10 p.m.—Songwriter’s Showcase and Jam Session
9:15-10:30 a.m.—Worship Gathering
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.—Lab
1:30-2:30 p.m.—How to Develop Your Band
2:30-3 p.m.—Snack Break
3 p.m.—Showcase Rehearsals
6:30-8:30 p.m.—WAL Showcase
8:30 p.m.—Fun and Games
10:15-11 a.m.—Interviews and Selfies
11:30 a.m.—Group Photo
Which arts will be focused on?
Music and visual arts. Students will spend time on skills training in their specific area.
Preparing Your Students
Please encourage your students to:
- Spend some time praying for the experience and the various relationships that will be developed throughout the week.
- Write down some expectations for the Worship Arts Lab.
- Work hard at practicing their craft.
- Come with specific questions. This is a time for investigation and exploration!
- Keep notes throughout the week. This is a valuable way of remembering and processing what they see and hear.
- Identify someone who can be praying for them while they are away.
- Think about ways in which the ministry team might improve in terms of artistic worship leadership.
- Give some thought to Christian worship: What is it? What makes it distinctive from other forms of worship?
- Consider the team building process. What does team building require from me? What does it require from my team?
- Consider the differences between fame and faithfulness. What are the priorities in worship leadership, and how do these aspects play a role in what we do?