Move Beyond "Traditional vs. Contemporary"

We have come to expect music to be an element of the worship in most churches these days, but can we think critically about it? Do we know the rich musical heritage of our worship? How do we move beyond “contemporary” versus “traditional”? What is it about music in particular that allows it to serve as such an important vehicle of the Spirit?

These are some of the crucial questions for the leadership of any church to discuss, and Fuller's Brehm Center is providing a safe place to do so. When you pursue an interest in Worship and Music Ministry, you will study with instructors who are scholars, musicians, and practitioners in the church, who will help you think biblically about the role of music in worship.


Practice of Worship and Prayer

Worship Ministry on the Lord's Day

This practical theology course explores both the practical and theological dimensions of worship leadership and examines issues relating to the planning and implementing of worship on the Lord’s Day (Sunday or Sabbath) in various Christian traditions.

Music as Theological Expression

Theology and the Arts Capstone Project

Each student engages in a thesis project that reflectively integrates coursework with their particular area of artistic, ministerial, or cultural interest


Students can pursue this area of interest at all six Fuller campuses or online, enabling them to remain in their ministry and home contexts if they wish.


Todd Johnson, William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Ed Willmington, Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music  


Watch President Mark Labberton and Brehm Director Mako Fujimura discuss Culture Care and transforming the seminary experience

Musician Nate Myrick investigates “the believable lie” and the reason he felt he needed a deeper theological grounding


Musician David Gungor reflects on beauty that transcends language as part of the Brehm Center's culture care movement—watch now