IWS is making some changes for the June 2020 session. You can see additional details at our COVID-19 response page.
    • Glenn Packiam teaching at the January 2019 seminarIWS swims in the convergence of several important streams in the Body of Christ. Holding together the Scripture, Sacrament, and Spirit, the courses and seminars offered train pastors and worship leaders to be rooted and reflective leaders. My experience teaching a seminar here introduced me to a caliber of student that knows how to blend inter-disciplinary learning with ministry praxis. Moreover, the leadership of this institution have shepherd’s hearts, caring for students and preparing them well for leadership in the local church.

      Dr. Glenn Packiam, Songwriter, Author, and Lead Pastor, New Life Downtown, Colorado Springs, CO

“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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