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Vital Worship Grants awarded for 2021 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund 25 Vital Worship Grants projects to Worshiping Communities for 2021-2022 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.
News Item | April 29, 2021
Consider the Snail: Teaching and Learning Online
Teaching and learning in a digital classroom, while having some benefits, also highlights the modern need to intentionally step back from completing to-do lists with maximum efficiency so we can simply be: to contemplate, to marvel at creation, to breathe.
Article | September 18, 2020
Vital Worship Grants awarded for 2020 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund 41 Vital Worship Grants projects to Worshiping Communities for 2020-2021 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.
News Item | May 01, 2020
Four Ways to Mentor Worship Leaders
Four church leaders describe how they train and mentor worship leaders in their contexts. They try to identify gifts and to make room for everyone no matter their immigration status, age, or gender.
Feature Story | August 16, 2019
Worshiping Communities awarded Vital Worship Grants for 2019 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund 51 Vital Worship Grants projects to Worshiping Communities for 2019-2020 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.
News Item | April 29, 2019
Round Three: Ordination Best Practices for Priests, Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
For our final round of ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five more traditions. Their best practices will help you understand the significance of ordaining people as bishops, priests, ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | March 14, 2019
Teacher-Scholars awarded Vital Worship Grants for 2019 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund 14 grants to Teacher-Scholars for 2019-2020 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.
News Item | November 30, 2018
Joyce Ann Zimmerman on 14 Years of Evaluating Vital Worship Grants
During her 14 years on Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s Grants Advisory Board, Joyce Ann Zimmerman evaluated 1,345 grant proposals. She describes essentials of a good grant project.
Conversation | November 09, 2018
Round Two: Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
Our first roundup of ordination resources was so popular that we have now consulted five more experts from five more denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | November 21, 2017
Bruce Theron on Decolonizing Worship in South Africa
Imagine singing “In the Bleak Midwinter” during the long hot days of Christmas in South Africa. The Bible is rich enough to include themes and symbols more relevant to living out Christian faith in the Global South.
Conversation | March 16, 2017
Eric Mathis on Expanding Teens’ Vision of Worship
Defining “worship” is an essential step for churches that want to start including youth in planning and leading worship. Teenagers long for worship that connects to life issues such as justice, imagination, and the arts.
Conversation | February 14, 2017
First Steps for Including Teens in Planning and Leading Worship
Integrating youth leadership throughout the church is a new paradigm. But churches are reaping the benefits of mentoring youth to plan and lead worship.
Feature Story | February 13, 2017
Why Youth Need to Be Leading Worship Regularly NOW
When congregations empower teenagers to use their gifts in meaningful ways over time, teens are more likely to imagine themselves as faithful disciples and devoted worshipers for decades to come. Two summer programs in worship, theology, and the arts inspire teens and mentors.
Feature Story | February 09, 2017
Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders and Deacons
Because so many people search our website for ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders and deacons.
Feature Story | February 07, 2017
What You Can Learn from Visiting Churches
College and seminary professors offer church observation guides for their students. You can use their insights to learn more when you visit other churches. This process can also help you understand how people experience liturgical practices in your own congregation.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
Best Resources for Teaching Worship
Seven college and seminary professors list their top short reads for teaching worship and say which resources would be most helpful for church worship and liturgy committees.
Feature Story | April 13, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
Visiting Scholars Resources You Can Use
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship visiting scholars have produced resources you can use in church, small group, and classroom settings.
Feature Story | June 17, 2013
- Co-creating with Diverse Youth
- Prayers for God’s Leading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
- Joys and Challenges of Intergenerational Worship and Congregational Life in Chinese Canadian Churches: A conversation with Herbert Tsang and Elizabeth Tamez Méndez
- Christ the King Sunday Worship Planning
- A Light to the Nations: A Service of Lessons and Carols
- Youth Agency and Creative Worship Ministry at a Christian High School