Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants

Through the Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants Program, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) seeks to foster, strengthen, and sustain well-grounded public worship throughout Canada and the United States.

CICW welcomes grant proposals on a wide range of Christian worship practices. In particular, we invite proposals related to universal design, cultural engagement, preaching, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.

The Vital Worship, Vital Preaching program has two grant streams:


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Supporting research that connects worship with other disciplines.

Who: Scholars in any discipline who teach at a seminary, divinity school, college, or university.

What: Projects that connect worship with other disciplines of study and practice—in the liberal arts, theological education, or sciences.


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Encouraging thoughtful work to promote renewed creativity, theological integrity, and relevance in worship services.

Who: Congregations, parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, camps, and other worshiping communities.

What: Projects that connect a community’s public worship with intergenerational faith formation and Christian discipleship.


Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants are made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc.