CICW has awarded Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants for over 20 years to teacher-scholars and worshiping communities in 45+ states and provinces and across 40+ denominations and traditions—including Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, non-denominational, and other Protestant communities.
While worship styles and practices vary greatly across these traditions, the grant projects typically explore at least one of CICW’s ten core convictions related to worship. Explore the hundreds of projects we’ve funded across both streams of the program.
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Alamance Presbyterian Church
Greensboro, North Carolina | 2024
To cultivate wonder and gratitude for God and creation, to deeply engage lay people in scriptural interpretation, and to empower new leaders within the church by learning and contemplating worship and growing in creative expressions of worship.
Allisonville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Indianapolis, Indiana | 2024
To develop more inclusive worship practices by first learning about the needs and desires ofthose often excluded from worship and the obstacles they often face, and to then initiate new worship practices.
Aquinas Institute of Theology, Nathan Chase
St. Louis, Missouri | 2024
To study the connection between sacramental practices and ordinary life (meal, ministry of touch, and oil) through three historical case studies from the early church and Roman Catholic liturgical practice to help Roman Catholic worshiping communities understand the historical origins of Eucharist, healing, and ordination.
Baylor University Chapel
Waco, Texas | 2024
To integrate psalms into corporate and private worship habits in an ecumenical setting, primarily through guided conversations and scholarly-artistic engagement with university students and local pastors.
Campell AME Church of Media
Alden, Pennsylvania | 2024
To employ liturgical worship, singing, music, and other learning activities such as book and movie discussion to promote racial healing and community.
Buies Creek, North Carolina | 2024
To engage in spiritual practices of liturgical writing, reflection, prayer, and art to collaboratively create a community prayer book that will facilitate the spiritual growth and well-being of the community through both personal and communal use.
Canadian Baptist Ministries
Kiersteadville, New Brunswick | 2024
To create worship resources that will teach a biblical theology of work to narrow the gap between gathered times of worship and the other six days of the week.
Candler School of Theology, Jonathan Calvillo
Atlanta, Georgia | 2024
To examine how hip-hop can be a resource for building spiritual community among Latinx diaspora by modeling how to integrate experiences of race, social engagement, and spiritual support in ministry with youth.
Church of the Cross
Boston, Massachusetts | 2024
To more deeply engage with the arts in worship by commissioning artists to lead the community in creating different art forms to facilitate worship throughout the liturgical year.
Colorado Christian University, Cory Hixon
Lakewood, Colorado | 2024
To help church pastors and lay leaders strengthen their theology of work, specifically in STEM, to better serve congregants who work in these fields and to help them see their work as an act of worship.