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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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.
Allen Chapel AME Church
Hartford, Connecticut | 2018
To enrich worship by exploring the ways that music, dance, and visual arts support both formative and expressive aspects of gathered worship.
Columbia, South Carolina | 2018
To deepen the prayer and worship of a campus community by engaging art in community worship spaces and by creating new art together as a devotional practice.
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.
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.
Nashville, Tennessee | 2018
To develop a chapel worship ministry that reflects the ethnic and ecclesial diversity of the campus and community by welcoming diverse theologians and practitioners and cultivating relationships with local churches.
Brentwood Presbyterian Church
Burnaby, British Columbia | 2018
To deepen worshipers’ understanding of the triune God by engaging in and reflecting on the dynamism of jazz music in Christian liturgy.
Cathedral in the Night
Amherst, Massachusetts | 2018
To embody God’s story and the healing power of Christ in the public square through liturgical dance choreographies developed by worshiping community members who are engaged with Scripture and storytelling.
Church Music Ministry of Canada
Coquitlam, British Columbia | 2018
To facilitate intergenerational faith formation in worship by creating spaces for learning and collaboration between pastors and lay leaders in ethnically and denominationally diverse congregations.
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2018
To promote the role of visual art in the liturgy as a means of meeting God in worship, led by a community of worship artists.