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Only Words. But So Much More. If I asked each alumnus to express in one word, and only one word, what their experience as an IWS student has meant to them, I think we would have a whole lot of words coming from 710 graduates! It would be exciting if we could see all these...
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Remembering Dr. Gary McCoy

The Institute for Worship Studies is sad to announce and mourn the passing of alumnus Gary McCoy, a beloved member of the DWS Zeta class, who graduated in 2006. He served his entire ministerial career within the Southern Baptist tradition as an educator in theological schools both in Korea and at the Gateway Seminary in...
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Remembering The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” George, Jr.

The Institute for Worship Studies is sad to announce and mourn the passing of alumnus Bob George, a member of the Theta class who graduated in 2007. Bob was a dedicated student and generous supporter of IWS. He graced IWS with the gift of a chalice and paten set that he crafted.  Praise be to...
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The Disciplines of Lent: On Fasting

The second of the three great Lenten practices is fasting. A few weeks ago IWS Director of Outreach Maureen Roe wrote an article that called us to the Lenten discipline of increased prayer, prayer that forms us into Christlikeness and increases our own compassion for the corporal and spiritual needs of those we encounter. This...
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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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A Christmas Message from IWS President James Hart

As the Bread of Heaven, that we might be fed,Chose a manger cradle in the House of Bread,So has Life Eternal mingled in the wombWith our mortal nature to confound the tomb.For this swaddled infant in a humble place,Holds our hope of glory and our means of grace;In the love enfleshed here dawns the world’s...
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Advent 2023, Week 1

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” — Psalm 13: 1 (ESV) “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in...
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A Thanksgiving Devotional

“Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stall, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in...
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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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Comparing the Cost of Worship Studies Programs

Are you comparing the cost of worship studies programs? We know that enrolling in a graduate program in worship studies is a big decision and a major investment of limited and precious resources of funds and time. But is it a worthy investment? IWS founder Bob Webber said, “Worship is the key to the renewal...
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Financial Aid Availability for Graduate Education

There are three basic types of financial aid for graduate education: Title IV federal student loans Institutional grants and scholarships External scholarships Most of the schools on IWS’s list of competitor schools offer a combination of federal student loans andinstitutional aid. Just three, including IWS, B.H. Carroll, and New Orleans Baptist, only offer institutional aid...
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Educational Delivery for Graduate Education

There are three basic types of educational delivery for graduate education: In-person/on-campus A hybrid of online and in-person intensives Fully online IWS embraces a hybrid of an online and in-person intensive model of educational delivery for graduate education. The IWS low-residency educational approach is focused on building an intentional learning community through face-to-face interaction. The...
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Why Should You Study Worship? | A blog on worship by IWS President Dr. James Hart

Why Should You Study Worship?

What is the essence of Christian worship and why does it matter? I would like to start with two questions: 1. Are you a chicken, or are you a pig? 2. What does that question have to do with the study of worship? I’ll come back to that a little later. Stay tuned. The famous...
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2 Reasons Why You Should Study Worship | Dr. Jim Hart for IWS

2 Reasons Why You Should Study Worship

In recent years there has been a proliferation of higher education degrees in worship studies. But why should we study worship at all?  Let me begin with an explanation of what IWS is: IWS is a school of theology, specifically emphasizing the theology of worship. But what is theology? The etymology of the word would...
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Corporate Lenten Disciplines: An Ash Wednesday Devotional from the President of IWS

Corporate Lenten Disciplines: An Ash Wednesday Devotional from the President of IWS

“I have sewn sackcloth over my skin, And laid my head in the dust.” (Job 16:15 NKJV) Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. God calls us to observe a holy Lent through assessment, penitence, discipline and renewal, using the classical church practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Historically, the Church...
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