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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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.
Southern Methodist University, Marcell Silva Steuernagel
Dallas, Texas | 2022
To engage in ethnographic research in collaboration with congregations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in order to promote integrative ecclesial environments that bridge the racial divide between White, Black, and Latinx constituencies.
The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Brandon Crowley
Austin, Texas | 2022
To support and engage the public worship of African American congregations by creating a workbook that teaches pastors and local church leaders how to be more inclusive of Black women and LGBTQIA+ folx in their worship designs.
Dallas International University, Beth Argot
Dallas, Texas | 2021
To study the relationship between historical worship practices and arts and trauma healing practices in order to explore the potential for healing and increased wellbeing of worshipers within the context of public worship.
Lyons Evangelical Church
Caldwell, Texas | 2021
To enrich support and care for the bereaved by developing liturgical practices that sustain the faith of grief-stricken worshipers while remaining vibrant and inclusive of the whole church community.
University of Dallas, Carla Pezzia and Theodore James Whapham
Irving, Texas | 2021
To survey clergy and congregants regarding the state of homiletics in the Catholic church in order to support Catholic preachers in improving their homilies and leverage liturgical preaching to reconnect with disengaged congregants.
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.
Dallas International University
Dallas, Texas | 2019
To develop long-term habits of spiritual formation through corporate worship in students preparing for cross-cultural service, focusing on the arts and Biblical literacy.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Robert Pendergraft
Belton, Texas | 2019
To curate a sourcebook of materials for use in the local church with the specific aim of strengthening intergenerational participation in worship.
Alliance for Greater Works
Grand Prairie, Texas | 2018
To promote healing through trauma-informed worship that connects worshipers with the story of God’s actions in the past and present as a source of hope for God’s continued actions in the future.