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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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 2022
To center worship in the seminary’s curriculum by fostering symbiotic exchange between the worship program and other departments, with emphasis on worship as a central place of formation for the whole community.
Raleigh Mennonite Church
Raleigh, North Carolina | 2022
To investigate how the legacy of white supremacy affects worship practices, to learn to better appreciate and include worship materials from other cultures without appropriating, and to learn how anti-racist practices are implemented by other churches leading the way in these efforts.
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference
Janesville, Wisconsin | 2022
To promote unity and diversity in local Seventh Day Baptist congregations by gathering worship leaders to discern the transcultural, contextual, cross-cultural, and counter-culture nature of worship as they worship together in diverse ways.
Proskuneo Ministries, 2021
Stone Mountain, Georgia | 2021
To embrace diverse practices from around the world that give worshipers experiences of acting as host and as guest, in order to strengthen and broaden their understanding of biblical, cross-cultural, transcultural, and reciprocal hospitality.
Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, Kentucky | 2020
To strengthen practices of congregational song by introducing a globally diverse diet of hymns and other congregational songs and by strengthening understanding of the contexts in which songs were created.
Serenity the Prince of Peace Church of God In Christ
Indianapolis, Indiana | 2020
To create a consortium of young adults who will be trained and mentored to design and execute a monthly ecumenical, multicultural, and multigenerational worship gathering.
African Resource Center of West Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2019
To foster unity among different African ethnic communities and awareness of varying worship needs and experiences by facilitating collaboration among worship leaders at African ethnic churches.
Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance
Detroit, Michigan | 2019
To promote deeper participation in worship by exploring the unique musical contributions of African-American Catholic parishes.
Eastern Christian School Association
North Haledon, New Jersey | 2019
To expand students’ imagination and understanding of God and the people of God by implementing diverse worship expressions.
Immanuel Congregational Church
Hartford, Connecticut | 2019
To create a welcoming, multi-racial worship experience that explores God's liberation and justice through singing gospel music.