Because the process of developing a grant proposal should be collaborative, the first step involves gathering a group from your church or organization together to explore and learn about worship. The following links and resources will guide your exploring process.
What do we mean by vital worship?
- A key document to explore as you think about applying for a grant is What is Vital Worship?
- We also encourage you to explore our Ten Core Convictions about Christian Worship.
What does the term worship mean?
- The Vital Worship Grants Program focuses on public worship (the second of three meanings of the term worship), but we also know worship is connected to all of life and is experienced in many ways. We invite grant applications from worshiping communities related to their gatherings for events, ritual practices or liturgies called “worship services.”
How does worship form us?
- Read this chapter by our director about worship as formation.
- Many congregations, schools and organizations have benefited from reflecting on the practices of worship as Vertical Habits, as described in this web showcase.
- A collection of very helpful statements about worship can be found in the document, Worshiping the Triune God: Receiving and Sharing Christian Wisdom across Continents and Centuries.
What does the Bible teach us about worship?
- To learn more about biblical worship, consider these Bible studies about themes in Christian worship or elements of Christian worship.
How does worship relate to culture?
- For reflection on this important topic, consider the Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture, and watch a short video on An Open and Discerning Approach to Culture.
- Take a look at the book Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking about Christian Worship Today.
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