• “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

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 degree 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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