• “There is an indelible quality to the character of IWS. As it was in the beginning so has it remained: a remarkable combination of God-honoring worship, spirit-enriching fellowship, and mind-expanding learning. I treasure the opportunity to have taught there for 14 ½ years and I valued the chance to return for a recent worship seminar . It was a privilege to be able to share two days with those who have lived and helped make the history of contemporary worship, some in national roles and some in faithful service in churches little known outside of God’s awareness of the same.”

      Rev. Dr. Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship, Duke University & Former Professor, IWS

“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 professors of church music, music ministers and pastors 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 was founded 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.

We’re glad you’ve found your way here. We hope the information on this website will help you understand how IWS can impact your ministry and explore whether God is indeed calling you here.

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