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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Bethel Christian Reformed Church
Edmonton, Alberta | 2023
To train young worship leaders and strengthen congregational worship through developing an intergenerational mentorship program.
Celestial Church of Christ, Emmanuel Parish
Toronto, Ontario | 2023
To train worship leaders in the theology and practice of intergenerational and innovative worship (including African music and liturgy, dance, and visual arts) through developing opportunities for education, prayer, and collaborative planning of major festival services.
Catonsville, Maryland | 2023
To integrate intergenerational relationships, imagination, and playfulness into worship life to promote faith formation that begins in and transcends the rituals of worship.
Congregational Church of the Good Shepherd
Chicago, Illinois | 2023
To connect older and younger generations in both church and neighborhood communities through creating virtual meeting places for online worshipers and by creating opportunities for intergenerational musical and artistic engagement.
First Community AME
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2023
To promote participatory intergenerational worship by creating a collaborative worship planning team and by hosting educational events about the theology of worship and the diversity of African American worship styles, including music and dance.
First United Methodist Church
Boulder, Colorado | 2023
To connect different generations through partnered experiences of varied artistic and worship expressions to promote connection, spiritual health, and joy.
Grace Blue Ridge
Hendersonville, North Carolina | 2023
To encourage the integration of worship, Bible knowledge, and faith practices through the exploration of spiritual disciplines in multisensory and intergenerational workshops.
New Bethel AME
Lithonia, Georgia | 2023
To engage youth and young adults by remembering and retelling stories of the Black church through development of a lectionary, worship guide, and Sunday School curriculum emphasizing the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Restoration Anglican Church
Arlington, Virginia | 2023
To center the sacraments in worship by collaboratively creating artwork for worship that contextualizes images of bread, wine, and water for each season of the church year.
Mount Holly, New Jersey | 2023
To spiritually form worshipers of all ages by compiling stories told by children into books about worship, prayer, and scripture.