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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 Article | April 29, 2019
Frank Thomas on the Power of African-American Preaching
“How is it that you can take a group of people who are in despair and when you get finished preaching the gospel, they have hope?” This question sent Frank Thomas down a path that led him nearly forty years later to create the first PhD program in African-American preaching.
Conversation | April 10, 2019
Constance Cherry on Competing Metaphors for Worship
Most churches measure worship services against a certain ideal. They may think of worship like a concert, entertainment, dialogue, or something else. Even if they have not consciously chosen an operating metaphor for worship, their pattern greatly influences how individuals and congregations live out their faith.
Conversation | February 15, 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 Article | 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
Pearls, Promises, and Potholes: A Traffic Report from the Intersections of Faith, Ministry, Theology, and Disability
A presentation and discussion with Rev. Bill Gaventa, hosted by Barbara J. Newman
Video | October 26, 2018
Ernest Brooks on Inspiring Young People to Become Preachers
The Academy of Preachers identifies promising young preachers from all Christian backgrounds and brings them together to explore and develop their preaching gifts.
Conversation | September 19, 2018
Karoline Lewis on Helping New Preachers Find Their Voice
For beginning preachers, both women and men, finding their authentic voice requires deep self-reflection in a supportive, respectful context.
Conversation | July 18, 2018
Karoline Lewis on the Power of Women in Ministry
Women navigating life in ministry face unique challenges. Naming these realities is the first step to helping women and men recognize them and respond proactively.
Conversation | July 18, 2018
Matthew D. Kim on Preaching with Cultural Intelligence
Preachers who interpret scripture without paying attention to cultural, ethnic, and other differences in their congregation miss out on opportunities to build bridges to their listeners’ lives.
Conversation | June 29, 2018
Anne Emile Zaki on Preaching and Teaching in Today’s Egypt
After becoming a seminary professor in Egypt in 2013, Anne Zaki discovered two things about preaching that she hadn’t learned in the North American context.
Conversation | June 15, 2018
The Technicolor Jesus: Preaching the Drama of Mark’s Gospel
Most preachers know all about Mark’s fast-paced, dramatic writing style.
Audio | March 15, 2018
Teaching and Learning in Christian Congregations and Ministries
This session featured insights from a variety of people who love to teach in ways that help people in ordinary congregations learn about worship, the arts, inclusion, and, ultimately, Jesus himself.
Audio | February 28, 2018
Bruce Theron on Word and Worship, a South African lectionary resource
Across cultures and denominations, South African churches are growing in unity—thanks to the nation’s first ecumenical sermon and worship resource written in English.
Conversation | March 16, 2017
Sociology and Learning about Christian Worship Practices
An annotated research guide from the field of sociology
Resource Guide | October 17, 2016
Stephen Martin on Music that Wakes Up Older Minds
Your students or small group can use hymns and Christian songs to design meaningful personalized worship for older adults living in their own homes or in care facilities.
Conversation | August 02, 2016
What I Learned about Teaching Worship from a Chemistry Professor
"What’s a POGIL?” I asked, half-seriously, half-laughingly. My wife, Sheila, a chemistry instructor in a university was attending a conference for chemistry educators about a pedagogy growing in popularity in science classrooms around the United States. She explained that POGIL is a method for teaching both class content and important skills such as critical thinking and teamwork without using a lecture format.
Article | March 30, 2016
Mark Torgerson on the Best Worship Books
So many books on worship are worth reading. And each year brings new worship books and worship resources. Mark Torgerson’s up-to-date bibliography is an annotated listing of the best worship resources.
Conversation | May 29, 2015