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The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
4001 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Dr. Lester Ruth (Ph.D., Notre Dame) returns to IWS for a seminar titled «When the Music Fades (or Not): Exploring the Historical Origins and Development of Contemporary Worship.» This event is open to the public, but requires registration. For almost 40 years he has been mesmerized by one question: what insights from history might be gleaned for churches to worship God more robustly and faithfully? Originally he pursued his liturgical education to answer that question for his own congregations. Since 1998 he has been pursuing good answers to the question for the benefit of the whole Church.
Based on the recently released books, «Worshiping with the Anaheim Vineyard: The Emergence of Contemporary Worship» and «Lovin’ On Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship,» this seminar will survey the major strands of development in the history of contemporary worship. Except for the evolution of its music, the history of the emergence of “praise and worship” or “contemporary worship” has been little told. This seminar will attempt to do that. While acknowledging the importance of musical developments, this seminar will suggest that the history of the non-musical elements is just as interesting and just as important. Thus the seminar will be an interactive exploration of important musical and non-musical topics and issues in contemporary worship’s history, finishing with a pastoral and historical assessment of where contemporary worship stands as it enters middle age.
Information & Registration: iws.edu/2017/03/june-2017-worship-seminar/
Note: Registration is required to attend this event