Worship: the Key to the Church’s Renewal


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Why is IWS the right place for you to study worship?

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Hear how IWS has impacted the ministry of current student Mike O'Brien

Where can I go to study worship—
  not music—but worship?

The Institute for Worship Studies was founded with that question in mind.

More and more worship leaders, pastors, professors, church musicians, artists and other church leaders realize there is a gap in their education. They have the music education and the skills for music and worship leadership, but they lack the knowledge of the biblical foundations, historical development, theological reflection and cultural analysis for effective worship ministry in today’s world.

IWS and its worship degree programs were initiated by Robert E. Webber to meet this need and prepare leaders for the challenging task of worship ministry in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Want to know more about IWS or explore whether IWS is for you? Start in our Admissions section for answers to common questions, or apply now on-line.

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June Worship Seminar

Dr. Lester Ruth returns to IWS June 19-20, 2017, to present When the Music Fades (or Not): Exploring the Historical Origins and Development of Contemporary Worship.

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