SEU Launches New School of Worship

During the conclusion of the 2017 SEU Conference, Southeastern University announced that it is restructuring its oldest, largest and fastest-growing academic college, the College of Christian Ministries and Religion. This restructure will focus on reimagining the training process for pastors in the 21st century. The changes will start with the launch of the School of Worship, an innovative hands-on approach to training worship directors and pastors. Director Daniel Rivera says that the goal of the School of Worship is to equip and inspire the next generation of worship leaders in the local church.

Rivera is an alumnus of SEU. He spent his post-graduate years as a worship pastor for National Community Church (NCC) in Washington D.C., under the pastoral leadership of best-selling author and national speaker Mark Batterson. He led worship services and wrote worship music for NCC’s eight campuses in the D.C. metro area. Rivera has also worked with Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists.

Rivera is working alongside SEU worship pastor David Cook to create a cutting-edge worship training experience. Cook, another SEU alumnus, spent his post-graduate years as a worship pastor and songwriter at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Cook says he believes in creating a school where an above-industry-standard level of excellence is combined with a heart for leading believers in authentic worship.

The School of Worship will combine instrumental and vocal development academics with theological and ministerial courses. The School will also focus on developing hands-on experience in worship leading, song writing and service producing. Rivera says that his ultimate goal is to develop students who have a deep love for the local church, who can inspire, encourage and equip future church congregations with authentic worship experiences.

The School of Worship is scheduled to begin accepting applicants in the fall semester of 2017. Learn more.