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Remembering Doris Borchert

The Institute for Worship Studies is sad to announce the death of IWS professor emerita Dr. Doris Borchert. Dr. Borchert was the first professor of the MWS internship class, MWS 601, and taught that class from 2004 to 2011. Under her leadership, the internship class received a commendation from IWS’ accrediting association regarding its rigor and...
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The Annual Report for 2022-2023

Why is IWS essential? Worship is the most important practice that humans can do, and therefore the study of worship is the supremely vital academic discipline of primary theology.Please take a moment to read our annual report below on how IWS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees are making a real difference across the globe....
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Remembering Dr. Vernon Charter

The Institute for Worship Studies is sad to announce the death of IWS alumnus, Dr. Vernon Charter, DWS ’11 (Rho). He was Professor Emeritus of Music and Worship at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, where he had served for 27 years. Born in China to missionary parents he earned degrees in historical musicology...
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Death of IWS Trustee Emerita Dr. Melva Costen

Dr. Melva Costen was a leading voice in church music and worship, with a particular emphasis on African-American music and liturgy. She was a good friend of IWS founder Robert Webber and served faithfully on the IWS Board of Trustees for a number of years, stepping down in 2015 due to poor health. She earned...
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Live Webinar with Rory Noland–Feb 25

An interactive webinar LIVE online with the author of Transforming Worship. Register now
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IWS Bibliography January 2023

The IWS Bibliography has been updated for the January 2023 semester, thanks to the hard work of IWS Bibliographer Dr. Mark Torgerson. All recent additions to the bibliography are identified just after the table of contents. The titles mentioned there will also be integrated into the bibliography under the appropriate heading. Those familiar with the...
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Student Achievement and Institutional Effectiveness [December 2022]

This report is an update of the April 2022 Report, with metrics and student-based feedback for all fourteen Program Outcomes. Additionally, a report providing faculty-based and alumni-based feedback is available for download via PDF at the bottom of the page. The Institute for Worship Studies recognizes the importance of assessing how well students are doing...
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Annual Report 2021-2022

Why is IWS essential? Worship is the most important practice that humans can do, and therefore the study of worship is the supremely vital academic discipline of primary theology. We are thankful for God’s continued love and provision in the 2021-2022 fiscal year!
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Anamnesis 48: August 2022

The August 2022 Edition of the IWS Community Newsletter: Student, alumni, and faculty news, photos from graduation, articles from staff and faculty, and more!
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Summer 2022 Recap

IWS welcomed 80 students (including 17 new students) to a mixed-modality intensive session, and we were able to hold graduation on-campus for the first time since 2019. Click to read more of the latest news from IWS!
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