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Psalms Retreats Invite Vulnerability, Build Hope and Trust
When a congregation in Long Beach, California, designed a psalms retreat as part of a worship renewal grant, they had no idea how it would grow and blossom. Engaging with psalms of confession, praise and thanksgiving, lament, and hope and trust has helped hundreds of Christians develop a new language of prayer.
Feature Story | September 12, 2023
Nine Tips to Effectively Embed Dwelling in the Word
The communal practice of Dwelling in the Word has great potential for building congregational bonds with God, each other, and neighbors. These nine tips can help your church discern God’s promised and preferred future for you as you wait for Christ to return and make all things new.
Feature Story | August 18, 2023
Children and Youth Can Dwell in the Word Too
Dwelling in the Word is a tool for helping people of all ages—even children—to read and reflect on the Bible together. Doing so helps them to see the Bible as an ongoing story in which God invites us to participate in God’s mission for the world.
Feature Story | August 18, 2023
Dwelling in the Word: Simple Practice Leads to Spirit-led Mission
Explore Dwelling in the Word, a communal way of engaging Scripture that helps people encounter God, fellow dwellers, and other neighbors. The change happens over time as people repeatedly listen to and discuss the same passage.
Feature Story | August 18, 2023
Becas del Calvin Institute of Christian Worship permiten crear un cancionero educativo en español
Para el liderazgo de la Iglesia Presbiteriana El Redentor, la noticia del apoyo que estaba ofreciendo el Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) para implementar un proyecto relacionado con su comprensión del culto, la adoración, y la predicación, llegó de sorpresa. “Esa fue la primera impresión, cuando fuimos invitados a pensar en un plan y que podríamos tener apoyo financiero,” comparte muy emocionado el Reverendo Jorge Texidor, pastor de la iglesia en mención, junto a la líder Janira Colón.
Feature Story | August 17, 2023
La Adoración Visual Creativa como Forma de Promover una Mayor Participación y Accesibilidad
La Iglesia de Dios Casa Ebenezer en Kissimmee, Florida se involucró durante el 2022 en el Programa de Becas para Congregaciones Hispanas del Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, y pudo desarrollar el proyecto “De Corazón a Corazón”, que ha traído un despertar en la adoración y vitalidad a esta congregación.
Feature Story | July 18, 2023
How Hymnody Can Help Diversify Contemporary Worship
Contemporary-worship congregations are rediscovering hymns as treasuries of theological depth that express the full range of emotions and Scripture. Singing hymns together helps people connect across generations and cultures.
Feature Story | March 13, 2023
Sharing Hymn Stories Invites Worshipers into Experience
Knowing more about the hymns they are singing helps worshipers feel more connected to God and each other in the universal body of Christ that spans all times and places.
Feature Story | February 07, 2023
Developing Leaders Every Pastor Wants in the Congregation
Calvin University’s Ministry Leadership Cohort offers pathways for students of all majors who want to live out their faith in all of life. This practical program helps them learn how to build community, love the church, and practice leadership no matter where they eventually work, worship, and serve.
Feature Story | November 28, 2022
New Worship Songs for Climate Change and Creation Care
Our 2017 annotated list of worship songs about care for creation remains so popular that we have compiled a new list of worship songs to lament climate change and encourage creation care. Many of these songs and hymns have been released since 2018. Others are new to various English-speaking audiences because they come from international hymnals and organizations.
Feature Story | November 07, 2022
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
Pandemic Worship Changes Worth Keeping
So much has changed about church worship since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, soared, waned, and resurges. Those pandemic-forced pivots have created worship opportunities that have helped congregations adapt, find unity amid division, and pursue justice.
Feature Story | June 16, 2022
Mary Aluel Garang: The Charles Wesley of South Sudan
Since the mid-1980s, Mary Aluel Garang's theologically rich hymns have helped Sudanese Christians maintain faith and hope in God despite decades of war, conflict, and hardship. Her songs are known and sung beyond her Dinka people, her Episcopal tradition, and her nation of South Sudan.
Feature Story | March 31, 2022
Dinka Christian Infrastructure: Song and Prayer Ministries
During decades of Sudanese civil war, the Jol Wo Lieech song ministry and Thiec Nhialic prayer ministry gave refugees and refugee congregations a sense of family and purpose. Both still work to unite Christians, whether or not they belong to the Dinka tribe or still live in South Sudan.
Feature Story | March 28, 2022
Navajo Christians Build Relationships through Scripture and Culture
Window Rock Christian Reformed Church used a Vital Worship Grant project to connect with more people by engaging scripture in ways reflective of Navajo cultural practices.
Feature Story | December 01, 2021
Visio Divina: Sacred Seeing to Encounter God
Just as lectio divina invites people to meditate on scripture, visio divina helps people pray with art. Visio divina, which translates as “divine seeing,” uses silence and images to help worshipers reflect and respond to God in ways other than listening to a sermon or singing praise songs.
Feature Story | November 03, 2021
Becoming People of Refugia
Extreme weather, declining church influence, and environmental protests affect Christians around the world. Debra Rienstra explains why the biological concept of refugia offers a metaphor for seeing the Spirit at work despite deep disturbances in God's creation and among God's people.
Feature Story | August 30, 2021
Chaplaincy Changes during COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has raised the profile of chaplains and profoundly affected how they do their work. Learn how you and your congregation can pray for chaplains and those they serve.
Feature Story | May 12, 2021
Lucie Eddie Campbell: A Mother of Gospel Music
James Abbington was inspired to insert an old gospel song before the eulogy at the funeral for baseball star Henry “Hank” Aaron. The reaction prompted him to honor the heritage of Lucie E. Campbell, an influential Black gospel musician whom many people have forgotten.
Feature Story | May 11, 2021