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.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Carolyn B. Helsel
Austin, Texas | 2023
To encourage appreciation among Christian worshipers for our Jewish neighbors and reduce anti-Semitism by creating videos and written resources aimed at equipping preachers to approach biblical references to Jewish people through a framework of gratitude for our shared religious heritage.
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.
Columbia Theological Seminary, Jake Myers
Decatur, Georgia | 2023
To create a series of free, open-access homiletical education videos that empower and equip bi-vocational preachers for more faithful, creative, and transformative service to the Church.
Cornerstone University, Eunice Hong
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2023
To gain a better understanding of Asian American women clergy’s experiences of congregational and worship leadership, exploring the kinds of resources that would support their flourishing.
Dallas International University, Beth Argot & Kayleen Bobbitt, 2023
Dallas, Texas | 2023
To conduct fieldwork exploring the use of pilgrimage, movement, and the arts in worship as means of healing trauma and encouraging spiritual integration (knowing God with both our heads and our hearts).
Denver Seminary, Michelle A. Stinson
Littleton, Colorado | 2023
To explore the topic of time through biblical/theological, environmental, and agrarian reflections, probing how God’s care for creation as experienced in nature’s seasons and agriculture’s rhythms offers renewed hope as we emerge from an extended season of Covid-tide.
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.
George Fox University, Sunggu A. Yang
Newberg, Oregon | 2023
To explore multidimensional preaching practices that meet listeners’ need to see, taste, feel, and even touch the compelling Word of the Triune God, resulting in a handbook to help preachers become more oriented to engaging contemporary listeners.