The Centre for Worship Studies (CWS) offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and worship-related courses for credit or non-credit.

The CWS was established in February 2011 when Carey Institute (associated with Carey Theological College) collaborated with Church Music Ministry in Canada (CMMC) because of their shared vision of educating pastors and congregational leaders in the area of worship studies.  Dr. Herbert Tsang is the director of the Centre.

Under the auspices of Carey Institute, the CWS exists to provide training programs that are grounded in sound biblical and theological principles, and in the historical and cultural practices of Christian worship.

May 2015 Carey’s Centre for Worship Studies Receives Grant

vital worship grant







Carey Institute’s Centre for Worship Studies has received a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Mich. It is one of 29 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded for 2015 by the CICW to churches, schools and seminaries across North America.  Read more HERE.

worship 2015NEW for Fall 2015

This project will create a much-needed opportunity for discussion, examination, and learning how a church can help children to grow in faith through worship. We have observed a need to gather lay leaders and pastors together in order to better serve the children that are in our church. Under the theme of Growing in Faith through Worship (GFW), a series of workshops and seminars are planned.

October 31 | February 13 | April 23

These seminars will equip pastors and lay worship leaders in planning and leading worship services that minister to congregation members of all ages through the learning and observance of the Church Year. 

Primary goals of the project:

• To enable worship leaders and pastors in multi-age/multi-generational congregations to prepare people of different ages and abilities to receive and experience God’s Word as relevant to different life stages.

• To equip and empower pastors and worship leaders in the free church tradition to recover the meaning and practices of the early Christians through the observance of the Church Year.

• To encourage pastors and worship leaders to work together as a team using the Church Year as a common platform for planning both worship and preaching. Through learning together, these two groups of people will be able to bring worship renewal into their congregation and transformation to an intergenerational community that welcomes the full, conscious, and active participation in worship for all ages.

• To recover the formative aspect of Christian worship.


** This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment, Inc


Herbert Tsang, DWS, PhD

Director of Centre for Worship Studies

htsang@carey-edu.ca  | http://www.herberttsang.com