Officials at Trevecca Nazarene University are preparing to admit the first group of students to the two-year National Praise and Worship Institute program. The initiative seeks to help pastors and other church leaders better integrate music and theological teachings in a conservatory-type setting. The plan is to have 60 students starts their studies in July.
Green, a vocalist himself, understands that there are some who would oppose the need for formal training and a certificate to be an effective worship pastor. "I understand that you do not need to have a certificate or formal training to be a worship leader and that a license is not needed unlike teaching. However, you get great theological training and it will set any prospective pastor apart from the rest. With teaching you must have a license. We want to train the best."