Funding & Partners

How we are funded

Basic support for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is provided by Calvin University. The university has also established an endowment fund for the Worship Institute. 

Many of the programs and projects of the Worship Institute are made possible through generous grants from Lilly Endowment Inc., a private philanthropic foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. It supports the causes of religion, education, and community development, and it is interested in initiatives that benefit youth, foster leadership education among nonprofit institutions, and promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism. While the Endowment's grantmaking focuses primarily on projects in Indiana, it also provides funding for programs that are national in scope. The Endowment provides funding in three major program areas: religion, education, and community development.

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is one of several religion institutes, programs, and/or projects related to the initiatives of the Endowment.

The Worship Institute also received a program grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

Giving Opportunities

Consider giving to several designated funds related to the work Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Learn more about the Student Worship Leadership Development Fund.

Institutions we are affiliated with or partner with for events and projects

Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary prepares people for ministry positions of visionary leadership, by offering courses of study in preaching, worship, leadership, educational ministry, youth ministry, missions and church growth, pastoral care and counseling, all in conjunction with supervised ministry opportunities.

Center for Excellence in Preaching

The mission of the center is to serve pastors in the church and seminary students with resources and continuing education opportunities that will enhance preaching in churches everywhere so that God’s people may be fed through sermons that are thoughtful, deeply engaged in Scripture, and applicable to the challenges of today’s world. Through its website, ongoing seminars, and sponsorship of major conferences, the Center reaches out to pastors around the world. The Ministry Theorem serves to promote an enhanced awareness of contemporary science and to provide resources and encouragement for engaging science in the ministries of congregations everywhere.

Christian Reformed Church in North America

The Christian Reformed Church is a denomination that has about 300,000 members in 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada.

This website is a comprehensive index of thousands of hymnals and millions of published hymns, scores and media files; and information from sources such as Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, hymnal handbooks, and experts in the field.


Reformed Worship is an online and print resource that provides practical ideas and support to worship planners, through articles, blogs, and more for planning, structuring, and leading your congregation or community in worship.

This website provide easy access to excellent on-line resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions—much like a Google search, specifically designed for preachers. 


Baker Publishing Group

publisher of books on key topics in worship

The Calvin Press

facilitates the publication of books and other materials (including digital media) that advance the program of Christian scholarship at Calvin

Cascade Books

publishes religion and theology books that combine academic rigor with broad appeal and readability 

Eerdmans Publishing Company

publisher of the CICW Liturgical Studies Series and The Church at Worship Series

Faith Alive Christian Resources and Choristers Guild

providers of practical resources for worship planners

GIA Publications, Inc.

publisher of CICW's Choral Music Series

Alban at Duke Divinity School

home of the Vital Worship, Healthy Congregations Series