• “Recently, it was my privilege to teach, as well as to preach, at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies in Jackonsonville, FL. I was singularly impressed with both the rich scholarship and the profound worship manifest there…indeed, I could hardly tell the difference!

      “Charles Wesley appealed to 18th century Methodists: ‘Let us unite the two so long divided: Knowledge and Vital Piety!’ Many have responded to Wesley’s challenge, most with limited success. In my estimation, none have taken it quite so seriously and realized it as successfully as IWS.

      “To be part of this worshipping academic community is to witness first hand ‘the human mind being taught to worship and the human heart being taught to think!’ What a delight for my wife and I to be committed partners with this vital ministry to The Church of Jesus Christ!”

      Dr. R. J. Stamps, Dean of the Chapel, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

“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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