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Reynolds Chapman: Local History Matters to God
You might not think often about the land your church sits on or the community beyond your church property. But finding ways to learn local history and include it in worship may help church members become more faithful disciples, more meaningfully draw near to God, and reach people who are disconnected from the church.
Conversation | January 23, 2024
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap on Earthkeeping, the Church, and Generational Differences
Many young Christians despair of finding communities that view environmental sustainability and justice as biblical mandates. Here is advice for helping churches catch a vision for biblical earthkeeping.
Conversation | October 08, 2021
Two Pastors on Christian Worship in Politically Divided Times
Many preachers and congregations claim that politics have no place in their worship. But pastors Meg Jenista Kuykendall and Katie Ritsema-Roelofs say that addressing public issues in worship is essential for congregations to become to Christlike communities.
Conversation | June 09, 2021
Faith Communities and Safe Dwelling Places
Philosopher and author Lee Hardy noticed derelict buildings near his church for decades before realizing that faith-based communities have valuable resources to address the affordable housing crisis.
Feature Story | March 01, 2021
Lee Hardy on Housing, Justice, and Worship
Completing a grant project on faith communities and affordable housing convinced Lee Hardy that justice and worship are internally linked. That’s why he says worship services should include housing justice, and Christians and congregations should advocate to change unjust systems.
Conversation | March 01, 2021
Christina Edmondson on Church Multicultural Accessibility Committees
John 17 records Jesus’ prayer for unity “so that the world may know that you have sent me and loved them.” It is a powerful witness when churches model unity within diversity. This witness requires intention and prayer.
Conversation | July 02, 2018
Christina Edmondson on Doctrine and Multicultural Hospitality
To become more multicultural, congregations must help members discern differences between biblical doctrines and cultural biases.
Conversation | June 29, 2018
Mark Mulder on Debunking “the Culture of Poverty”
It is important for financially stable churches and Christians to build relationships with those in poverty. But the reason may be different than what you might assume.
Conversation | December 14, 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
Would Jesus Listen To My Story?
In November 2016, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship sent Calvin College student Adrienne Hall to Would Jesus Eat Frybread, a conference for Native American students put on by Intervarsity, Cru, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Reflection | November 28, 2016
Understanding Your Congregation's Unique Worship Culture
Each local congregation has its own unique history, geographical and social location, demographic makeup, and mission.
Audio | March 02, 2016
Worship and Justice
Eric Mathis and Claudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgy at Lutheran Theological Seminary, discuss the relationship between worship and justice.
Video | July 29, 2014
Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture Full Text
The full text of the Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture.
Article | June 16, 2014
Guide for Worship Service Visit
This guide is structured to help you become more aware of the multiple levels of meaning in a worship service and to stimulate reflection on the relationship between theology, culture, and worship practices.
Article | December 06, 2012
Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture
The Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture presents four central principles of the relationship between worship and culture.
Article | February 22, 2012
Worship Ideas From Around the World
So how do you move worshipers to prayerful oneness of purpose? Here are some suggestions from around the world.
Article | February 14, 2012
Joyce Borger on Psalm Singing History
Joyce Borger is worship and music editor for Faith Alive Christian Resources and editor of the quarterly journal Reformed Worship. In this conversation, Borger discusses the history of Psalm singing, and how she talks to Christians who have no history of singing Psalms in worship about trying it.
Conversation | January 10, 2012