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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National Association of the Church of God
West Middlesex, Pennsylvania | 2020
Project Director: Dr. Leslie Parker Barnes
To use worship arts rituals as a tool to cultivate spiritual transformation in the lives of young people.
Serenity the Prince of Peace Church of God In Christ
Indianapolis, Indiana | 2020
Project Director: AJ Anthony
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.
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.
Fisher Street Church of God in Christ International
Jonesboro, Arkansas | 2019
To deepen young people’s engagement with Scripture, with one another, and with their community by training them to lead worship through dance, music, and mime, using the Psalms as a model.
Lexington Christian Academy
Lexington, Massachusetts | 2019
To break down barriers of age, ethnicity, and worship tradition by engaging and theologically reflecting on the arts, theater, and music in worship.
Vancouver Christian School
Vancouver, British Columbia | 2019
To develop spiritual habits in students in the context of worship in order to promote a sense of belonging, to deepen transformation, to encourage genuine fellowship, and to tell stories of transformation through the development of Christ-like patterns of living.
All Angels Church
New York, New York | 2018
To equip children to embody the Christian story through drama in order to deepen their understanding of the God revealed in Scripture.
City Church of Compton
Compton, California | 2018
To cultivate in children an awareness of the beauty of God in worship while teaching them skills for leading worship through music, dance, and visual arts.
Langley Christian School
Langley, British Columbia | 2018
To cultivate deep hospitality that allows students from diverse backgrounds to feel at home and be formed in worship by a common vocabulary and common values around spiritual formation and chapel services.
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Charlottesville, Virginia | 2018
To immerse children from varied religious backgrounds in reflection on worship practices by engaging them in music composition, singing, liturgy writing, and Scripture reading, and to expose adults to the worship styles and traditions of those children.