Finding Peace in 'The Presence' Relationship not Religion is Focus of 2008 Worship Institute Conference

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President Steve Fry says that it's back to basics for the International Worship Institute. Instead of commercialism and performance-driven sessions, the focus will be finding "The Presence of God. The 2008 IWI will convene June 30 - July 3 at the DFW Airport (TX) Hyatt.

In a world filled with global crises, environment turmoil, political struggles and religious confusion, millions are turning to the source peace--the Presence of God. In a bold return to the basics of classic Christian faith, the theme for the 2008 International Worship Institute is "Embracing His Presence."'s new President Steve Fry says that instead of commercialism and performance-driven sessions, the focus of this year's event will simply be the presence of God. The 2008 IWI will convene June 30 - July 3 at the DFW Airport (TX) Hyatt. For more information, visit

"This is not your normal conference. This is not about religion but rather our relationship with God. That kind of posture causes us to forget agendas, commercial ventures, career and ministry promotion," said Fry. "We are so gorged with consumer and psychological indulgences that we have lost the simple reality and pure joy of His Presence." (Watch it now on Godtube)

"In times of crisis, people are desperate to find a connection to God which surpasses things of earth," explains Fry. "That is classical Christianity. When people find the Lord, they discover that He, all by Himself, is enough."

IWI's new model also addresses a critical need in our society to find relationships of integrity and unconditional love rather than agenda-driven networking. According to Fry, "People today feel merchandized and manipulated. They know they are mere economic units in a dehumanizing culture. But, true relationships in Christ surpass all of that and rise into the familial."

The IWI's new focus also addresses the reality of peace in a climate filled with war and uncertainty. To help deal with this stress, people are turning to prayer and worship. Some observers believe this is why worship music and books on prayer are two of the fastest growing segments in the publishing industries.

"Furthermore," Fry continued, "In our MTV world, it is so easy to confuse worship with performance when it is really about connecting with His Presence. When we embrace God through worship, He brings us into symphony with our relationships, environment, and destiny."

As one of the world's leading praise and worship conferences, IWI will also feature Masters classes, dynamic workshops, and general sessions with some of the most respected worship leaders and speakers in the world. They include Jack Hayford, Steve Fry, Bob Sorge, Eddie James, Morris Chapman, Robert Stearns, Leann Albrecht, John Stevenson, Ross Parsley and many more.

IWI's teaching tracks are designed for worshippers, worship leaders, pastors, songwriters, technicians, worship teams, musicians, and children's ministers.

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