This one year intern program is designed to give young worship leaders between the ages of 18-35, hands-on experience in leading vibrant, contemporary worship expressions in the local church. We aim to teach the skills and tools needed to more effectively lead worship teams and congregations with confidence and spiritual authority.

Worship Academy students will combine practical training & experience in the local church with foundational biblical study over one year to complete the course.

The Worship Academy is a dedicated, full-time internship based at Newlife Uniting Church on the Gold Coast, Qld Australia. Interstate students will be assessed on the practical competencies of the course through serving opportunities at Newlife Uniting Church, while local students may choose to have a significant portion of their practical assessment evaluated through serving in their local church on weekends.

Students of the Worship Academy will:

  • Develop the spiritual disciplines essential for effective worship ministry
  • Grow and nurture their personal worship of God as the foundation for all other expressions of worship
  • Learn the essential skills required to lead worship teams and congregations in engaging, contemporary worship experiences
  • Learn how to sensitively and effectively transition traditional worship services into vibrant, contemporary, God-honouring and truly multi-generational worship services
  • Be an important part of the worship team at Newlife Uniting Church and have the opportunity to serve as part of the worship team in weekend services, missional outreach, conferences, special events and other projects throughout the year
  • Engage in intentional, weekly discipleship and mentoring relationships with key leaders
  • Attend selected worship conferences and workshops throughout the year
  • Be able to apply what they are learning to their local church context

Having successfully completed the Newlife College Worship Academy, graduates will:

  • Be able to more confidently and effectively lead congregations in engaging, God-honouring and Holy Spirit led worship experiences
  • Be able to more confidently and effectively lead and develop healthy worship teams both spiritually and musically
  • Be equipped to aid in the transition from traditional worship experiences to contemporary, multi-generational worship experiences
  • Have established strong spiritual disciplines, mentoring relationships and accountability frameworks
  • Understand the implementation and use of technology to assist in congregational worship
  • Receive a personalised letter of reference from Newlife College for those seeking placement as a worship leader in the local church.

Teaching and training through the Worship Academy will focus on the following key areas of worship ministry.

Scripture & Theology
Develop the foundational biblical knowledge and theological framework that is essential to lead God-honouring worship in the church. Learn how to anchor your worship in biblical truth and understand the WHY of worship.

Spiritual Health & Discipline
Nurturing your personal and private heart for worship is the most important first step in preparing to lead others in worship. This area focuses on maintaining and protecting your spiritual health through spiritual disciplines and mutual accountability.

The Art of Worship Leading
Learn and develop the essential skills needed to effectively lead teams & congregations, recruit and develop team members, choose and arrange music for your worship context as well as planning and executing events effectively.

Contemporary Worship in the Church
Understand the unique challenges of introducing contemporary worship expressions in traditional church contexts. Leading change, contemporary worship in the western church, current trends in worship expression in contemporary churches, embracing tradition in a contemporary context and more.

Discipleship & Pastoral Care
Learn how to pastor & care for others. Healthy relationships are critical to the role of worship leading. Investing in your own discipleship and mentoring relationships as well as in the lives of others is a primary focus of worship ministry. Your spiritual pulse will affect your team, and your team’s spiritual pulse will affect your congregation. Here we focus on developing and encouraging those you lead.

Worship Ministry Practice
Serve a minimum of 8 hours per week as part of the Newlife worship team or in your local church context, applying the skills and knowledge you are learning throughout the year. Students will also have the opportunity to serve and lead in weekend services, midweek chapel services, missional outreach, conferences, special events and projects throughout the year. Developing practical competency is at the heart of the Worship Academy’s objective.

Ministry-focussed Field Trips
Throughout the year, students will attend selected conferences, events and seminars that champion and support Worship Ministry and Leadership in the local church.

Professional Development
Develop your skills in a variety of areas to enhance your leadership in the local church context. Explore and understand music theory, embrace technology in worship, train your ear, develop competency on your instrument or voice, develop your songwriting and upskill through special interest masterclasses throughout the year.



Students will pay a $2,000 upfront fee upon enrolment and then be able to make weekly automated payments of $87.50 for the span of the 40 week program.


In addition to the course fee, students will contribute towards field trips, retreats and special events attended throughout the year, which would cover the costs of interstate travel and accommodation, as well as any registration fees that may be associated with these.


There are a number of options for financial assistance which you can apply for.

Scholarships & Grants

Alcorn Fellowship Trust Grant
A grant of up to $1,000 per student to assist in ministry study. To receive a copy of the application form, phone 3378 5281.

Church Partnerships

If you are serious about pursuing Worship Ministry and feel called to exercise that in your local church context, you may wish to approach your Lead Minister / Senior Pastor or Church Council representative to ask how your church may partner with you to provide financial and spiritual support throughout your internship year.