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Worship in the Big Tent
Playwriter and worship pastor Christopher Greco reflects on the effective use of interruption, surprise, spontaneity, narrative eclecticism, motivated participation, and intergenerational collaboration as tools to engage congregants in worship in the face of significant disparities in age, culture, and Christian tradition, or lack thereof.
Reflection | December 03, 2021
Teacher-Scholars awarded Vital Worship Grants for 2022 by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announced today that it will fund 16 grants to Teacher-Scholars for 2022-2023 as part of its Vital Worship Grants Program.
News Item | December 01, 2021
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
Joys and Challenges of Intergenerational Worship and Congregational Life in Chinese Canadian Churches: A conversation with Herbert Tsang and Elizabeth Tamez Méndez
In this conversation, church music minister Herbert Tsang offers insights from first generation immigrant and 1.5 communities moving forward in ways that reach out and try new things with youth in areas such as language, worship music, and more.
Conversation | Video | November 18, 2021
Christ the King Sunday Worship Planning
Marking the kingship of Christ makes a healthy transition that leads directly from Ordinary Time into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the remainder of the Christian year.
Article | November 17, 2021
Youth Agency and Creative Worship Ministry at a Christian High School
A campus pastor shares how Vancouver Christian High School youth are showing initiative and taking on emerging leadership roles.
Reflection | November 11, 2021
Ellen Gadberry on Congregations as Communal Visual Choirs
Many worshipers do not see themselves as creative or gifted in the arts. Yet low-risk opportunities to encounter visual art in worship and participate in making liturgical art can strengthen worshipers’ identities as children of the Creator.
Conversation | November 03, 2021
Resource Guide for Worship and Intergenerational Ministry with Youth
Public worship and congregational ministries shape the practices of Christian congregations and are a powerful means to strengthen intergenerational worshiping communities for their formative role in the lives of all churchgoers, including youth and the ministries that support and enrich their religious and spiritual lives.
Resource Guide | November 02, 2021
The Beatitudes: 2022 Calvin Symposium on Worship Preaching Theme
At the 2022 Symposium on Worship, the sermons in our worship services will reflect on Jesus’ famous words, pondering what they meant to those who first heard them and what they still mean for us today as we navigate a complex world in our efforts to live like Jesus.
Reflection | October 15, 2021
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap on the Arts as a Climate Tipping Point
Music and the arts have fueled major movements for justice. Evangelical Christians have the potential to shift climate action. That's why Christian leaders and musicians are creating worship songs and candlelight climate vigils to address climate crisis and work toward environmental sustainability.
Conversation | October 08, 2021
Kai Ton Chau on Worship and Culture Worldwide
Kai Ton Chau teaches Calvin University students to articulate different cultural values so they can discuss and appreciate diverse forms of Christian worship. You can do something similar in your school, church, or worship context to build cultural intelligence among Christians.
Conversation | September 27, 2021
Faithful Anti-Racism Leadership Development Cohorts - November 2021
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship invites individuals and organizations to participate in an online, month-long, facilitator-led cohort in which participants reflect on their cultural context and develop context-specific ways of promoting cross-cultural learning and faithful anti-racism initiatives.
News Item | September 27, 2021
Everyday Faith: Possibilities, Limits, and Callings, with special guest Jeremy Begbie
Music and language form the backbone of nearly every public worship service, yet we don’t often reflect on the implications of this pairing. What is the relationship of music and language in Christian worship, and how might we best utilize them—separately and together—to give God glory and to form the faith of worshipers? Watch this webinar with Professor Jeremy Begbie of Duke Divinity School, who helps us think more deeply about how we can do justice to the primacy of the Word in worship while also honoring the immense powers of a non-verbal medium such as music. Dr. Begbie is interviewed by Noel Snyder, program manager at CICW.
Video | August 17, 2021
Emmanuel Olusola Fasipe on Yoruba Baptist Indigenous Choruses
The most recent Yoruba Baptist Hymnal includes Orin Idaraya, the indigenous choruses relevant to one of Nigeria's largest people groups. Learning how a Nigerian music scholar analyzed these short songs can help your congregation evaluate whether it offers a balanced musical diet in worship.
Conversation | July 26, 2021
Everyday Faith: Possibilities, Limits, and Callings, with special guest Tish Harrison Warren
How do worship and prayer practices form and sustain us during times of great suffering and grief? Watch this online conversation with Tish Harrison Warren, an Anglican priest and author of the new book Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep [IVP 2021]. In this video, Warren reflects on themes of suffering and lament, vulnerability and joy, and how the Compline prayer service in the Anglican tradition provides a spiritual anchor in dark times. Warren is interviewed by Noel Snyder, program manager at CICW.
Video | July 26, 2021
Emmanuel Olusola Fasipe on Oral Culture and Christian Worship
Christians who see themselves as "people of the book" read about the Word made flesh. They may treasure "I Love to Tell the Story" in their hymnals yet feel skeptical of Christians who prefer to express and pass on faith through oral culture. A Nigerian worship scholar explains the benefits of oral practices in church worship.
Conversation | July 26, 2021
Emerging research on worship practices and public witness
A panel of teacher-scholars with research projects focused on worship and public witness share the fruits of their research, with a special focus on the implications of their research for worshiping communities.
Video | July 20, 2021
Introduction to the Ten Core Convictions
A reflection on a selection of CICW’s Ten Core Convictions from the introductory session of the 2021 Virtual Vital Worship Grants Event, led by John D. Witvliet, Director of the Calvin Institute of the Christian Worship, and featuring Vital Worship Grants Advisory Board Members James Abbington, Kimberly Belcher, C. Michael Hawn, William H. Johnston, and Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.
Video | July 20, 2021
Emerging research on worship practices affecting human flourishing
A panel of teacher-scholars with research projects focused on worship practices that affect human flourishing share the fruits of their research, with a special focus on the implications of their research for worshiping communities.
Video | July 20, 2021