EditorsPick_2014ORANGE PARK, Fla- Worship Leader Magazine recently honored the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies as one of the top educational programs currently influencing Christian Worship by awarding it the “Best of the Best” distinction for the fourth consecutive year.

The prestigious list of contributors in the field of Christian worship is composed annually by Worship Leader by surveying and consulting with their readers in addition to worship leaders and media teams from around the world.

“The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies is honored to receive the 2014 Editor’s Choice designation from Worship Leader Magazine,” said IWS President Dr. James R. Hart. “This award recognizes the continued perseverance, thoughtfulness, vision, and world-wide impact of the students, alumni, faculty, board and staff of IWS, as well as the rich legacy of worship renewal and education left to us by Bob Webber.”

The Best of the Best is a vital directory of the best resources in all manner of worship categories, including worship music, books, devotionals, software, technology, training, musical instruments, Audio/Video/Lighting systems, projection, recording equipment, and more. This is the fifth time that IWS has appeared on the much-anticipated list.

IWS professor and Worship Leader columnist Dr. Reggie Kidd stated, “A rising generation of worship leaders senses that God is renewing his church through worship—worship that is more than just music, but a full-bodied participation in God’s great Story. Worship is participation in that Story through Song and Word and Table and Prayer and Sending. I’m grateful beyond words to be a part of the award-winning educational program at IWS, a unique place to re-learn the heart of worship.”

The highly-anticipated list appears in the November/December issue of Worship Leader, released November 1, 2014, by subscription, at newsstands, and for downloadable purchase.

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies holds accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. IWS offers the Doctor of Worship Studies and the Masters of Worship Studies degree programs, using a unique mix of in-class instruction on its Florida campus near Jacksonville and distance learning. More than 750 students from over 60 denominations in the U.S., Canada and twenty-three other countries have matriculated at IWS since its founding in 1999.