Several years ago, the late Chip Stam launched the Institute for Christian Worship at Southern Seminary. Through his influence and magnetic personality, Chip attracted scores of the world’s most respected theologians and teachers on the subject of worship to lecture and engage with seminary faculty and students. Thousands of worship leaders and pastors all over the world were also encouraged by Chip’s Worship Quote of the Week.  

Dr. Joe Crider

Dr. Joe Crider

In the Fall of 2014, the Institute was re-launched under Dr. Joe Crider's leadership with a new name and an expanded vision. The vision has grown to include scholarly research as well as practical materials and resources for worship pastors and congregations. The new Institute for Biblical Worship at Southern Seminary also hosts seminars and conferences on campus with guest lecturers and worship practitioners from all over the world.

There has perhaps never been a more important time for the church to articulate the clear message of the gospel through the corporate worship gathering. The Institute for Biblical Worship, in partnership with the Department of Biblical Worship in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at Southern Seminary is dedicated to training the next generation of worship pastors and fostering a community of scholars and worship practitioners for the glory of God. 

Worship Leader Training at Southern Seminary