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How Academic Study Intersects with Christian Ministry
Calvin College professors across disciplines share how their areas of study intersect with ministry and how their disciplines would complement the Ministry Leadership Fellows program.
Reflection | February 13, 2019
New Program Equips Students for Leadership in the Church
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announces the establishment of the Ministry Leadership Fellows—a two-year program available to incoming Calvin College 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 Article | September 05, 2018
Paul S. Ryan and Luke Enders on the Calvin 50 Song Collection
What we sing in worship shapes our vision of who God is and what God cares about. One college chose a list of 50 worship songs to help its students sustain a life of faith.
Conversation | March 22, 2018
The Immigrants' Creed
This creed professes the Christian faith through the experience of an immigrant.
Worship Service | February 08, 2018
Renee Reimer on Being Rooted and Grounded in God’s Creation
Worshiping outdoors and bringing nature into worship helped one church experience more connections between God’s creation, worship, and neighbors.
Conversation | October 10, 2017
Ron Rienstra on Liturgical Performance and Improvisation
You might think of performance as totally out of place in Holy Communion. But performance and improvisation can help leaders and worshipers show and tell the gospel with their whole selves.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Ron Rienstra on the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Christian traditions refer to the prayer before communion as the eucharistic prayer, the Great Thanksgiving, or the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving. If your Lord’s Suppers don’t include this prayer, then you very well may be missing out on a rich opportunity for faith formation.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Faith Formation and Worship: A Worship Historian's View from the "End of the World"
Worship is a formative practice: through active engagement in liturgy, Christians are formed in a particular understanding of God, of others, and of themselves, and of what it means to live a Christian life in this world.
Video | June 30, 2017
Eric Mathis on Expanding Teens’ Vision of Worship
Defining “worship” is an essential step for churches that want to start including youth in planning and leading worship. Teenagers long for worship that connects to life issues such as justice, imagination, and the arts.
Conversation | February 14, 2017
First Steps for Including Teens in Planning and Leading Worship
Integrating youth leadership throughout the church is a new paradigm. But churches are reaping the benefits of mentoring youth to plan and lead worship.
Feature Story | February 13, 2017
Josiah Chung: Passing on Faith to New Generations
Many immigrant churches struggle to retain the next generation, especially because of language barriers and cultural differences. Pastor Josiah Chung is finding solutions that apply across cultures to many kinds of churches.
Conversation | January 24, 2017
Nancy Gordon on Sensing the Sacred
Nancy Gordon adapted the multisensory Young Children in Worship program for people with dementia. Her model deserves to be spread and developed more widely.
Conversation | October 17, 2016
Older Adults and Worship
This topic showcases opportunities for churches to nurture faith formation in, by and with aging adults.
Topic Showcase | October 05, 2016
Faith Formation in Children, Teens and Emerging Adults
Children think differently from adults. Greater understanding of how children think can help parents, pastors and ministry leaders foster healthy faith in each stage of development.
Article | September 21, 2016
Faith Formation from Birth to Age 20
This fast-paced audio session is helpful for parents, teachers, mentors and anyone who cares about the faith formation of the next generation.
Audio | August 24, 2016
A Roundtable on Connecting Sunday’s Worship to Monday’s Work
Six pastors and scholars share ideas to help congregations authentically practice God’s vision of shalom in worship and at work.
Conversation | August 23, 2016
Nancy Foran on a “Wisdom of Our Elders” Service
Residents of senior living facilities often are treated as recipients of worship services presented by visiting groups. Nancy Foran offers an alternative design to receive and honor the wisdom of older adults.
Conversation | August 02, 2016
Aging Together in Grace
Churches can offer a countercultural message about the gifts of older adults and walking with them through the challenges of aging.
Feature Story | August 02, 2016
El culto como práctica formativa
Uno de los movimientos más importantes en los campos de Estudios Litúrgicos y Educación Cristiana en los últimos 30 años ha sido un renovado énfasis en cómo las prácticas cristianas modelan la espiritualidad de la congregación y de sus miembros.
Audio | April 28, 2016