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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Andover Newton Theological School
Newton Centre, Massachusetts | 2014
To help seminary students and faculty discern theologically sound and effective uses of technology and visual media in worship through a year-long process of learning about best practices for chapel worship.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office For Worship
Los Angeles, California | 2014
To create a multicultural church music and liturgy mentoring program to develop the skills and knowledge of high school and college musicians in order to build the liturgical capacity of the parishes in the dioceses of Southern California.
Atascocita Presbyterian Church
Humble, Texas | 2014
To strengthen the presentation of scripture in worship by incorporating artistic elements that appeal to all of the senses.
Avon Lake United Church of Christ
Avon Lake, Ohio | 2014
To strengthen youth ministry and worship through youth interns who will learn about worship, participate in worship planning and leading, and develop intergenerational relationships throughout the congregation.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, California | 2014
To promote a reciprocal relationship between scholarship and service by incorporating congregation-based service-learning experiences into the worship curriculum.
Nashville, Tennessee | 2014
To reflect on worship in a university setting by nurturing the practices of prayer, reflecting on possibilities for a new chapel space, and exposing students to local church leaders and various worship traditions.
Bridge Street AME Church
Brooklyn, New York | 2014
To bring together multiple generations to plan liturgies that connect Sunday worship to daily life and to enhance the liturgy through artistic interpretations of scripture.
Campus Chapel of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan | 2014
To incorporate visual arts and video into campus worship in a theologically thoughtful and culturally sensitive way through community conversations and learning events.
Celestial Church of Christ Emmanuel Parish
Toronto, Ontario | 2014
To explore a deeper understanding of the sacrament of Holy Communion and Washing of the Feet in a year-long ecumenical learning program with another congregation.
Central Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, Georgia | 2014
To develop a year-long emphasis on all ages living in the presence of God in worship by encouraging deeper participation in scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the arts.