Since 2000, Vital Worship, Vital Preaching Grants have been awarded to worshiping communities and teacher-scholars in 45+ states and provinces and in 40+ denominations across the spectrum of Christian traditions, including Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Non-Denominational communities. While worship practices across these traditions vary widely, grant projects typically explore one or more of the ten core convictions related to worship that emerged out of the first decade of this grantmaking.
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Durham, North Carolina | 2023
To illuminate God’s beauty and brilliance in Durham’s public housing communities by offering liturgical arts learning events and collaborating with public housing residents to plan and host outdoor worship services.
Ann Arbor, Michigan | 2023
To expand an existing food truck ministry by offering accessible communal worship opportunities in parks, bus stations, and parking lots where meals are served.
Light of Hope Presbyterian Church
Marietta, Georgia | 2020
To explore contextual methods of proclamation in a dinner and spirituality service that facilitates deeper participation of the community in worship.
Fair-Park Baptist Church (Convergence)
Alexandria, Virginia | 2019
To practice contemplative forms of worship as a way of engaging people with God in both counter-cultural and culturally contextual ways.
Mount Aery Baptist Church
Bridgeport, Connecticut | 2019
To discover the vastness of God by engaging worship practices that connect mind, body, and spirit.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Dorchester, Massachusetts | 2019
To initiate a contemplative worship service that celebrates the stories of worshipers and to provide training and coaching in storytelling.
First Presbyterian Church
McMinnville, Oregon | 2017
To discern God’s presence by exploring connections between corporate worship and responsiveness to God in daily life.
St John's Episcopal Church
Columbus, Ohio | 2017
To develop a missional theology and practice of worship that facilitates engagement with the community.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Spiritual Services
Iowa City, Iowa | 2017
To create a space for people affected by health crises to engage in worship practices that connect them to their worshiping communities .
St Andrew's Episcopal Church
Denver, Colorado | 2015
To enrich a contemplative worship service and to explore issues of faith, worship, contemplative prayer and the arts.