• IWS is exactly what Bob Webber would have hoped for—a school that is grounded in tradition, serious about theological engagement, and passionate about worshiping the triune God. At IWS, ancient-future evangelicals learn to put the riches of the Christian tradition to work in their own churches. Rarely have I met a gathering of musicians and worship leaders more eager to come to grips with the implications of the church’s theological heritage. This is a place where fellowship, worship, and teaching merge into a harmonious offering of praise and thanksgiving.

      Dr. Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Chair in Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
       

The Institute for Worship Studies is an accredited graduate school whose curriculum is entirely focused on the study and practice of worship from an ancient-future posture. Two degrees programs are offered by the Institute: The Doctor of Worship Studies (D.W.S.) and Master of Worship Studies (M.W.S.).

Both degree programs feature a set of “core” courses and practical implementation components, and the courses themselves are patterned off of the popular Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) model. Each course features an on-campus intensive component preceded and succeeded by distance work.

All of our faculty members hold adjunct positions at the Institute and many of them teach at other exemplary institutions full-time or part-time during the rest of the year. They come from diverse denominational and academic backgrounds, but all are committed to the mission of IWS to “form servant leaders in Christian worship renewal” and all are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

IWS opened its doors to the first cohort of doctoral students in 1999 and has since graduated over 500 men and women into its alumni ranks. If you’d like, take a moment to read about our founding president, Robert E. Webber, and the history of the Institute for Worship Studies.

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