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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Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Katie Graber
Elkhart, Indiana | 2023
To help communities critically engage questions about why we sing diverse music and how we can do it justly by collaboratively creating a hymnal companion-style volume that aids North American communities as they sing songs from around the world.
Baylor University, Shannan Baker
Waco, Texas | 2023
To pilot a contemporary worship training program focused on discovering the best educational methods for teaching contemporary worship, by engaging in workshops on technology, music, and theology.
Belmont University, Adam Perez
Nashville, Tennessee | 2023
To assess the distribution and reception of popular worship songs and the relationship between the worship music industry and local worship practitioners, in order to equip practitioners with a deeper understanding of the forces that impact their worship song selections.
Fresno Pacific University, Amy Whisenand
Fresno, California | 2023
To explore the relationship between singing and reconciliation in the church through hosting workshops for scriptural study, practice sharing, and collaboration.
École de Théologie Évangélique du Québec, Ruth Elaine Labeth
Montreal, Quebec | 2023
To study the composition of scripture-based songs in Creole churches in Guadeloupe to help worship leaders and pastors envision culturally contextualized worship.
Hope College, David Keep
Holland, Michigan | 2022
To deepen worshipers' theology and spiritual life by creating an online Advent calendar that features visual art and music, and by holding art interpretation events and panel discussions in which participants engage theological truths—particularly the incarnation—through the arts.
University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, J.J. Wright
South Bend, Indiana | 2022
To teach Christian communities how to see grace and mercy in loss and suffering by enabling young people to contemplate difficult questions as they rehearse and perform the newly composed Passion for the Innocents.
Allen Chapel AME Church, 2021
Kalamazoo, Michigan | 2021
To enrich worship by engaging the arts in order to promote healing and understanding in the midst of social injustices.
Mercer University, Nathan Myrick
Macon, Georgia | 2020
To identify, through ethnographic research, the myriad ways that musical worship participates in human flourishing, and to share these insights with Christian leaders in order to promote healthy and vibrant communities of Christian fellowship and worship.
Baylor University, Monique M. Ingalls
Waco, Texas | 2019
To conduct ethnographic fieldwork of interethnic gospel choirs and to identity promising strategies for how worship music can build "convivial" interethnic congregational cultures.