Worship: the Key to the Church’s Renewal


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Our intensive-based format makes it easy for active military personnel and veterans to earn a graduate degree in Worship Studies. Plus, IWS participates in the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs for eligible military personnel and veterans! To inquire about available military benefits and other Financial Aid, contact the Financial Aid Committee.

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

Mike O'Brien Testimonial
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.

Recent News and Press Releases

Advent Lessons & Carols Returns!

Join us Sunday, December 4, as the IWS Festival Choir and a cohort of talented musicians offer a service of music and readings that will encourage all in attendance to join in the holy expectation of God's people awaiting their Messiah. For more, click here.

Webber Quote of the Week

January Worship Seminar

Dr. Gerald Borchert will present The Portraits of Jesus: Models for Worship and Mission Renewal at a seminar on the IWS campus January 9-10, 2017. Details here.

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