Offered in two sessions, this non-credit Certificate will be offered during the IWS intensive weeks in January and June. No previous degree is required for admission, but Certificate students will have the option to switch to the Master’s of Worship Studies degree program for credit during their first session if they meet the master’s level admission requirements.
Although the content will be drawn from the IWS master’s level courses, readings, and assignments will be appropriately scaled for a certificate program. A dedicated mentor will work alongside each certificate cohort through the two modules. Certificate students will also share in the life of the IWS community while on campus during meals, worship, and prayer.
The Certificate is a great way for worship teams and individuals who aren’t seeking a graduate degree to enhance their formation in Christian worship, grow in community with each other, and return to their own worshiping contexts with a renewed sense of mission.
This module will explore the way in which the biblical narrative impacts both corporate and personal worship. Attention is given to the historical timeline of worship gatherings and developing a theology of worship. The student will learn how to develop habits of the heart and discover how formation occurs within the gathered community.
This module addresses the relationship between spiritual formation and worship, particularly as related to theology and contextualization. The class takes a wide-ranging look at the practices of spirituality through the lenses of worship, thought art, architecture, and society. The student will continue the discovery of how to develop habits of the heart and how formation occurs within the gathered community.