Hope Worship Academy

Hope Worship Academy


Hope Worship Academy

The Hope Worship Academy is a 10-month program beginning Sept. 30, 2019 for students seeking to explore and train in worship ministry. Anyone feeling the call to become a worship leader is encouraged to apply!

The program includes four tracks of learning:  

  1. Lectures & Readings
    Includes classroom work held on Monday and Thursday afternoons.
  2. Private Musical Lessons
    Lessons with local musicians – days and times chosen by students.
  3. Field Experience
    Students will lead worship at various Hope classes, programs and events.
  4. Service Hours
    Students will serve by assisting Hope ministries in a variety of non-musical ways.

The Hope Worship Academy is accepting applications for the fall 2019-20 school year now through Aug. 1, 2019. Applicants must be 18 years of age by Sept. 30, 2019 – in total, 12 students will be selected.


  • National Average of Similar Programs: $10,000
  • Hope Worship Academy: $5,000
  • Hope Worship Academy Special 2019-20 Offer: $2,499


Application Checklist

When applying for the Hope Worship Academy, the below is required:

Video of applicant leading worship

  • It can be recorded on a phone
  • Record 2-3 songs
  • Have at least two other instrumentalist and/or singers leading with you
  • It can be filmed in front of a live congregation, but is not required

Letter of Recommendation

  • The letter of recommendation should be written by a pastor, minister or youth leader you are not related to
  • The letter should answer the following questions:
    • How have you seen God work in the applicant’s life?
    • What qualities do you see in them that would serve them well as a worship leader?

Personal Essay

  • The personal essay should be written by the applicant and only the applicant
  • It should be greater than two pages and less than four pages in length (12 point font, double spaced)
  • The essay should answer the following questions:
    • What does Jesus mean to you?
    • What does worship mean to you?
    • Why do you want to lead worship?
    • Why do you want to attend the Hope Worship Academy?

For more information or questions, please email worshipacademy@lutheranchurchofhope.org.


Email Jed Smith or David Travnicek or call 515-222-1520.