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We are delighted to announce that Worship Academy South West is launching this March in Taunton, Somerset. The course will run bi-monthly from March 17 to Sept 18, Friday night and all day Saturday. For more information or to register for this course please contact Chris Beattie or telephone 01823 271353, places are limited so book now!


Chris Bowater ThumbnailAfter a season of ‘resting’ the WAUK vision I’m excited to announce the unveiling of some new direction and plans.

Before I get to that, its important to say that Worship Academy France, in Lille, hosted by a former WA graduate, VIRGINIE DEGREEF, has been the most thrilling and privileged experience. TERRY HUGGINS and myself have attended, along with RICHARD LEWIS, GERBEN GROOTEN. ANDY BROMLEY travels with me later this year. The WA South Africa – WASA – too is into its fourth series of modules. Led by GERBEN & MIEKE GROOTEN this has been an academy that is now being replicated in other countries of Africa. WAPortugal is having its own ‘Selah’ before recommencing next year under the leadership of WA former graduate Luis Goncalves and his wife Carla.


  1. I am partnering with Pastor Doug Williams and former WA graduates in A WORSHIP SCHOOL to serve the London area. This commences in the Autumn 2016. Information and DVD will appear on this page.
  2. In March 2017 – A REGIONAL WORSHIP ACADEMY will start in TAUNTON SOMERSET – WASW!! It will be hosted by former WA graduates, Pastor Vince Carrington and his wife Janice. Nigel & Glynn Clark from Penzance, friends for decades, will serve alongside them as hosts. Serving the South West of England this Academy will run for 10 modules – Friday night + Saturday. For further information initially contact me :
  1. Early stages of discussions are taking place to start next year WAYorkshire! Watch this space.

These Academies will be taught by myself and many of the team that served the WAUK vision for more than 12 Academies. 

I retired from Senior Pastoral responsibilities at the end of June.

*        God provide the right people to be successors – Mark & Susan Watson, who led WARomania so faithfully.

*        God showed us the right timing.

*        We believe its all been done for the right reasons.

–        I am sensing ‘a recall’ rather than a full retirement.

–        It’ll be a new tempo of life but full of purpose

I’d love to hear from you. Words of encouragement are always appreciated. Words from God are always needed.

Stay blessed

Chris Bowater
Founder and Director of Worship Academy International

NEW School of Worship in London

Sch of Worship Prospectus Updated May 2016_Page_1Great friends of Worship Acadmey Pastor Doug Williams & Worship Academy Graduate Tracey Campbell have launched a new School of Worship in London, starting Sept 16.

“Our School of Worship is not for those who are perfect and know it all but for those hungry to learn
and explore. Our classes will be conducted by men and women with a sincere and transparent heart
for authentic worship, who will pass on their knowledge and skill to help YOU go deeper in worship
than ever before.”

A full prospectus is available via the following link.
Sch of Worship Prospectus Updated May 2016


Statement from WA

Following a period of prayer and reflection on the future of Worship Academy it’s time for the pause button to be released. We have been encouraged through what we have heard from church leadership and past students who are still active in their local church. Their views together with the wisdom and experience of Chris Bowater, Gerben Grooten and Richard Lewis have helped us shape a future programme for Worship Academy with more clarity and intentionality. The initial opportunities that are opening up for Worship Academy are International. We are pleased to announce that the first Worship Academy in France will be commencing in September.  Worship Academy Portugal has a renewed and refreshed interest from the local church and Worship Academy South Africa continues. Worship Academy Romania, where we have sown and served over a number of years but which has recently been in abeyance is showing fresh signs of interest and there are potential opportunities opening up in Netherlands, East Coast USA, Egypt and Ireland. It is very exciting.

After an incredible twelve Worship Academies in the UK there are no immediate plans for a Worship Academy here. It is important we acknowledge and celebrate  all that the Holy Spirit has enabled over this time. We want to continue to be led by Him and wait on suitable opportunities and not force our own agenda.

Those who continue to give to the charity can be assured that your generous donations will be used to seed Academies in countries where self funding is not possible and to provide bursaries for students who are significant in their countries and churches but for whom finance is a barrier to their participation.

We thank God for the new season He is opening up for Worship Academy.

Time for New ‘Wineskin’ as Academy looks forward…

We are excited to announce that we have been brought to a place where we are evaluating Worship Academy.    We have a clear mandate from the Holy Spirit to remind ourselves of our first love and the passion which caused us to commence Worship Academy 12 years ago and to plan for the future based on this foundation. As part of our planning we’d love to hear from past students, from potential students, from church pastors and the local church. Let us know what you’d like from Worship Academy by taking part in our survey

Just as from time to time it is necessary to update the software on your computer we are being challenged to update Worship Academy to serve and support the needs of the Body of Christ in 2014 and beyond. We are encouraged and humbled by the high regard with which Worship Academy is held and the continuing need for its ministry. We know that we need to contain that ministry in a new wine skin.

Shortly we will announcing a new programme. If you’d like to be kept informed email the office and we’ll make sure you get details of the new programme as soon as it is announced.

For more information please contact us using the form below.

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