President & Provost


Articles written by Dr. Constance Cherry, IWS Acting President, and Dr. Dinelle Frankland, IWS Acting Provost.

Faithful. Forward.

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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The Worship Architect, Award-Winning Book by IWS Professor Constance Cherry, Updated and Expanded for 2nd Edition

IWS Professor Dr. Constance Cherry’s award-winning The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services (Baker Academic) has been updated and expanded. The enhancements in this second edition include new content on global worship and worshiping during a pandemic, major updates related to worship styles and worship music, and more. As...
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Strength out of Weakness: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s people leading out of weakness.
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Strength in Weakness – June 2019 Opening Convocation Sermon (Dinelle Frankland)

Dr. Dinelle Frankland, Academic Dean, preached on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 at the June 2019 Opening Convocation.
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Constance Cherry’s “The Special Service Worship Architect” Released in Korean

IWS founding faculty member Dr. Constance Cherry's book "The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Holy Communion, and Other Occasions" has just been released in Korean.
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Dinelle Frankland: Worshiping Through Lament

Should we ignore worshiping through lament? Rather than forcing negativity, lament reinforces grace.
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Treasures of IWS: Dinelle Frankland

“The IWS experience is unique and profoundly life changing. Worship and study are integrated holistically in every aspect of the program. Not a day goes by that my relationship with IWS does not influence my thinking, my teaching, and my spirit. At IWS God has brought together an impressive group of his servants to teach...
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Constance Cherry: May I Have This Dance?

Three words to help us increase our participation in Christ-centered worship.
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Constance Cherry: Purpose of the Alternative Response

The purpose of the Alternative Response to the Word is to communicate our response to God as a result of having heard and received God’s word in worship. It is an acknowledgement that we have truly listened to what God spoke to the community through the Scriptures and the sermon, and that as a result...
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Constance Cherry: Singing the Story

The Story of God. That was the recurring mantra for Robert Webber in his last months and years as he relentlessly worked for worship renewal in the 21st century. He was passionate about re-introducing the Christian community to the necessity of worship narrating God’s story of creation, Fall, redemption, and re-creation. Bob wanted us all...
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Constance Cherry: Passive to Participative

The following is the text from a session Connie presented at the Symposium on Worship at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, January 2006. Session Description: How engaged are the worshipers in your congregation? Do they tend to function as observers or active participants? Learn how to design worship services that invite dynamic participation. Introduction...
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Constance Cherry: Planning Blended Worship

Learn how to re-think the meaning of blended worship. No more quotas of hymns and choruses! Instead, learn practical ways to add fullness and depth to your worship by integrating a wide variety of worship expressions, both old and new.
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Constance Cherry: My House Shall Be Called a House of…Announcements

Dr. Constance Cherry on “what is actually going on in worship today” : My House Shall Be Called a House of… Announcements. This article appears in Church Music Workshop (January-April 2005) Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN 37212 © CMC Unlimited 2004. This article is copyrighted material and may not be reproduced in any form without the...
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