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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Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission
Lebanon, New Jersey | 2023
To develop contextualized liturgies for life in the climate crisis through a collaborative learning community and video creation.
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.
Center of Theological Inquiry, Erin Raffety
Princeton, New Jersey | 2022
To conduct interviews with persons living with chronic illness and Long COVID, and to analyze the convergence of cultural, theological, and disability-related perspectives among such persons in order to increase their full, conscious, active participation in worship.
Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI)
Princeton, New Jersey | 2021
To promote and teach social justice-centered worship through proclamation, practice, and protest.
Sidebar Stories, 2021
Mount Holly, New Jersey | 2021
To discover and express fresh dimensions of God by equipping worshipers to give testimony to experiences of God at work through personal storytelling and visual art.
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.
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
New Brunswick, New Jersey | 2019
To facilitate meaningful, active participation of the whole community in worship by exploring the role of worship in theological education and methods of digital accessibility.
Mount Holly, New Jersey | 2019
To strengthen the role of testimony in worship by helping worshipers tell their stories through visual art, original song, and written narrative.
Asbury United Methodist Church
Woodlynne, New Jersey | 2018
To foster intergenerational and multicultural engagement in worship in order to deepen worshipers’ connections to Scripture, one another, their community, and their history.
Mustard Seed School
Hoboken, New Jersey | 2016
To facilitate culturally-varied worship experiences that will engage students in grades four through eight to make real connections with God in worship.