Since 2000, Vital Worship 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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Allen Chapel AME Church, 2021
Kalamazoo, Michigan | 2021
Project Director: Sarah Horton
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.