National Praise and Worship Institute


SAMUEL D. GREEN, Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program

MARK HOSNY, Artistic Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program


SAMUEL D. GREEN, Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program, Professor of Music, 1997—

BS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1987; MMEd, Belmont University, 1989; EdD, Tennessee State University, 1998; Advanced Graduate Certificate of Worship Studies, Institute for Worship Studies, 2004.

MARK HOSNY, Artistic Director, Praise and Worship Certificate Program; Instructor of Music, 2012—

BMEd, Louisiana State University, 1990; MM, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1995.

Praise and Worship Certificate Program General Information

The Praise and Worship Certificate Program offers both an initial (first-year) certificate and an advanced (second-year) certificate. Coursework for the first year is offered over four 7-week sessions in a residential program with all students following the same curriculum track. Students who wish to complete the second year for the advanced certificate must complete an additional four 7-week sessions of coursework with concentrated study in upper-division courses. Instruction is primarily face-to-face; however, some courses are offered in a video supported format, thus providing students with some flexibility in their daily schedules. Additionally, students participate in short- and long-term in-the-field ministry internships. Upon completion of the certificate and advanced certificate programs, students have the opportunity to be represented for ministry placement by the nation's leading worship leader ministry-placement organization, The Slingshot Group Inc. First-time freshmen are required to enroll in INT 1100, Life Calling and Purpose, during their first semester.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Praise and Worship Certificate Program is to educate and equip tomorrow's worship leaders to humbly and joyfully lead the body of believers to passionately express their adoration to God through consuming worship. We believe that God's calling for the worship leader does not reflect a certain musical style and/or a certain age category but rather the heart cry of all believers to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Understanding and interpreting this divine calling through the lens of cultural diversity and divergent theological expressions is the core of all activities and experiences in the Praise and Worship Certificate Program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Praise and Worship Certificate holders will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical, historical, and contemporary perspective of worship.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills as a performer, songwriter, and platform presenter in order to assimilate in to the common worship pastor practices into today's North American contemporary church.
  3. Demonstrate skills in the area of leadership, planning, and management in order to function within a staff as well as laity driven organizations.
  4. Integrate common essential practices of a worship pastor in cross-denominational and/or non-denominational evangelical lines.
  5. Be prepared to enter a related ministry position within a local church, church planting/mission field, and/or denominational structure or to pursue further education.

Program Regulations

Students choosing to apply for acceptance into the certificate program must submit a video audition ( to the program's administrators. Upon recommendation by the administrators, the student will be invited to a live audition for final consideration and acceptance into the program. Additional placement procedures include proficiency examinations in music theory (written and aural), guitar, and functional keyboard skills. Placement in the appropriate theory classes, guitar class, and keyboard class will be based on these examinations.