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Billy Kluttz on Paperless Liturgy and Music
Sometimes not providing written or projected words and notes is the best way to make liturgy truly the work of the people. Paperless liturgy and paperless music can be great tools for including all ages and abilities in worship.
Conversation | January 08, 2020
Intergenerational Worship Model Based on Scripture and Story
Residents of senior living communities often feel cut off from church life. Meanwhile, congregations often feel segregated by age. This participatory intergenerational worship model brings people together around Scripture and life stories.
Feature Story | January 06, 2020
When Local Churches Learn and Worship Together
Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that planning worship, learning, and reflecting together helped them be better witnesses in their East Durham neighborhood.
Feature Story | November 26, 2019
Georie Bryant and Reynolds Chapman on Prayer Walks
Sometimes Christians worry that praying in public will be embarrassing or offensive. Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, organized a prayer walk that connected with neighbors.
Conversation | November 26, 2019
William A. Dyrness on Visual Imagery in Worship
These video excerpts come from a conversation between William A. Dyrness and John D. Witvliet at the annual Calvin Institute of Christian Worship—CICW—grants colloquium in June 2019.
Conversation | Video | August 26, 2019
Douglas J. Brouwer on Pastoral Wisdom and Imagination
These video excerpts come from a conversation between Douglas J. Brouwer and John D. Witvliet at the annual Calvin Institute of Christian Worship— CICW—grants colloquium in June 2019.
Conversation | Video | August 26, 2019
Derek Elmi-Buursma on Communion and Context
Whether you call it Communion, Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, or something else, you may wonder how to connect this sacrament with real life. Learn how one small urban congregation creates eucharistic liturgies for living in a broken world.
Conversation | June 04, 2019
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
#WHATCANIDO? Millennials and GenZ in Worship
A presentation on Millenial and GenZ generations held at the 2018 Vital Worship Grants Event.
Video | August 17, 2018
"Lectio Divina:" A Morning Prayer Service
A morning prayer service held at the 2018 Vital Worship Grants Event
Video | August 10, 2018
Strengthening Worship Through Scholarship
In 2016, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship took the church to college in an event on Calvin College’s campus. Now, in 2018, CICW is opening up new doors for the college in the church.
News Article | August 09, 2018
Reflections on Racial Conciliation and Ethnic Diversity in Christian Worship
A presentation on racial conciliation and ethnic diversity during the 2018 Vital Worship Grants Colloquium.
Audio | August 03, 2018
Praying the Psalms in Life and in Worship
In joy and in sorrow, in faith and in doubt, the Psalms can help us to worship and pray.
Audio | July 27, 2018
Evening Worship: “Grounded in God: A Faith-filled Testimony of the African American Church in Song”
An evening worship service held at the 2018 Vital Worship Grants Event.
Video | July 20, 2018
Multicultural Congregations Meet for Combined Worship Services
Three church groups started out as separate congregations sharing one building. Now regularly-scheduled joint worship helps them see themselves as members of one body in Christ.
Feature Story | July 06, 2018
Seven Challenges in Multicultural, Multi-congregational Worship
Worshiping regularly with a congregation culturally dissimilar from yours is challenging but worth it. Understanding these challenges can also help you change worship to better include different cultural groups within your church.
Article | July 06, 2018
2018 Vital Worship Grants Colloquium Slideshow
In June 2018 Vital Worship Grants recipients gathered at Calvin College for three days of worship, learning, and sharing together.
Slideshow | July 06, 2018
Grant Program Dedicated to Revitalizing Worship Across Borders
A growing multitude of lively conversations rapidly drowned out the live jazz music as a crowd of clergy, academics, and community members poured into Prince Conference Center’s Great Hall.
News Article | July 03, 2018
Erika Marksbury on Connecting Testimonies to Scripture
Sometimes it is easier to use the Bible to look back at what God has done than to see what God is working toward. First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, includes testimonies in worship so that people can see how their lives are part of a story God is still telling.
Conversation | June 26, 2018
Storytelling and Testimony in Christian Worship
Celebrating its 150th anniversary led First Baptist Church of McMinnville, Oregon, into a practice of storytelling and testimony in worship. They learned how stories cross boundaries and time and connect people with God’s big story.
Feature Story | June 26, 2018