• Recently I once more had the opportunity and privilege to give leadership to one of the worship seminars for the IWS. And, again, I was struck by two things. First, the quality of community—more specifically a community that is very much shaped by their shared experience of the Christian liturgy. Second, a vibrant and generative conversation—thoughtful women and men from across the Christian spectrum who are keen to provide grace-filled leadership for the life and worship of the church. I came away from this experience deeply encouraged and glad to have once more had the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary teaching-learning community.

      Dr. Gordon T. Smith, President of Ambrose University and Seminary, Calgary, Alberta

“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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