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Ascension Resource Guide
This list of Ascension Day resources, including songs, reflections, visual arts, and readings, will help you plan worship for Ascension Day, traditionally celebrated 40 days after Easter. Ascension Day worship services celebrate Jesus Christ ascending into heaven after giving his disciples the Great Commission.
Resource Guide | May 03, 2023
Pentecost Resource Guide
This list of Pentecost resources, including hymns, songs, visual arts, books, and sermon ideas, will help you plan worship for Pentecost Sunday, traditionally celebrated 50 days after Easter. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples, marked by a strong wind, tongues of fire, and manifested in the disciples’ speaking in foreign languages.
Resource Guide | April 28, 2023
Let the Children Come
Splitting into age-divided worship each Sunday doesn't necessarily result in kids who go on to choose worship as adults. That's why pastors are talking about intergenerational worship.
Feature Story | August 03, 2022
Healthy Collaborative Leadership: Principles and Practices for Pastors and Worship Leaders
How can church leaders work well together, support each other, hold each other accountable, and share power, all in healthy ways? How do differences in church polity and governance affect these roles and relationships? In this panel discussion, we will discuss a positive vision for healthy collaborative leadership and best practices for church leaders engaged in mutual support and accountability. This is a YouTube Video Premiere panel discussion.
Video | November 16, 2021
How to Learn Well in Online Courses: An Invitation to Conversation
Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short-term online courses for lifelong learners. Besides engaging content to address key ministry challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the courses invite students and instructors into a culture of curiosity where they can learn from each other.
Feature Story | November 09, 2020
Online Discipleship and Mindfulness
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted opportunities to learn together in the same physical space. But Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary offer short online courses for lifelong learners to engage topics such as embodied discipleship and mindfulness in a world gone virtual.
Conversation | November 09, 2020
Juana Bordas on Leadership for a Multicultural Age
In this episode, Juana Bordas talks about the power of leadership when each person, culture and community can contribute equally and show respect for all, and how leaders who embrace gratitude and forgiveness offer their communities hope for the future.
Audio | Podcast | November 03, 2020
Leading Beyond the Blizzard
A conversation on leadership in pandemic times with Andy Crouch and Kathy Smith
Video | October 29, 2020
Mark L. MacDonald on Gospel-Based Discipleship and Indigenous Christians
Archbishop Mark L. MacDonald speaks and writes about gospel inculturation in Indigenous ministries, especially among First Nations Anglicans in Canada. Churches everywhere can learn from the Indigenous Gospel-Based Discipleship model for worship, governance, and community life.
Conversation | March 24, 2020
Soul-Shaping Practice for Pastoral Leaders: A Conversation
2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | February 11, 2020
Shaping the Pastoral Imagination: An Interview with Pastor Douglas Brouwer led by John Witvliet
2019 Cultivating Vital Worship | Session
Video | August 01, 2019
How Academic Study Intersects with Christian Ministry
Calvin professors across disciplines share how their areas of study intersect with ministry and how their disciplines would complement the Ministry Leadership Cohort program.
Reflection | February 13, 2019
Duane Kelderman on the Challenge of Preaching in a Fragile Europe
A Dominican preaching colloquium addresses the challenge of preaching in contemporary Europe, where secularism, individualism, and a lack of cultural consensus have given rise to fear, division, and xenophobia.
Conversation | November 16, 2018
New Program Equips Students for Leadership in the Church
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announces the establishment of the Ministry Leadership Cohort—a two-year program available to incoming Calvin students who show potential for leadership in the local church. The initiative, open to students interested in any major or field of study, is available beginning with the 2019 incoming class.
News Item | September 05, 2018
Gregory Heille on the Dominican Preaching Network
Dominican homiletics teachers in Europe, Asia, and North America collaborate to raise up new leaders to foster the Dominican preaching mission around the world.
Conversation | August 02, 2018
Bilingual Worship: Three Lessons I Learned
A worship pastor shares lessons she learned through leading bilingual worship at an intercultural, intergenerational bilingual ministry in Pasadena, California.
Article | March 29, 2018
Six Qualifications of a 21st Century Worship Leader
This workshop, led by Ed Willmington, discussed six qualities of an equipped twenty-first century worship leader and provided thoughts for implementing each practice.
Audio | March 14, 2018
Stephanie Smith on Raising Lay Leaders from the Margins
Those who experience homelessness, poverty, physical or mental illness, or addiction understand things that more privileged people may never know. Raising up peer chaplains from within this group can lead to renewal in both outdoor and building-based Christian communities.
Conversation | December 05, 2017
The Wardrobe of Easter: Gentleness
Gentleness ought to be an obvious character quality of every person who bears the Savior’s name. Christian leaders are not exempt. Wielding power over others as they are called to do, leaders are susceptible to treating their followers harshly and inappropriately. But Christian leaders who are gentle know that leadership is best expressed by those who show they care about those they lead.
Reflection | April 16, 2014