Carey Institute Receives Vital Worship Grant

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Carey Institute has received a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The grant will fund a year-long project in which Carey Institute will equip pastors and lay worship leaders in planning and leading worship services that minister to congregation members of all ages through the learning and observance of the Church Year.  It is one of 29 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded for 2015 by CICW to churches and schools across North America.

“We learn a tremendous amount from these programs,” said CICW director John Witvliet, “from the wisdom demonstrated in designing them and the insights gleaned from implementing and adapting them as they unfold. We look forward to sharing insights from these projects with a larger audience in our future programming over the next several years.”

Herbert Tsang, director of Carey’s Centre for Worship Studies is grateful for your prayers and eager to get started on this project under the theme of Growing in Faith through Worship (GFW). A series of workshops and seminars are planned with an open invitation to anyone interested in this theme. This project will create a much-needed opportunity for discussion, examination, and learning how a church can help children to grow in faith through worship. Children’s ministry leader, pastor, and other leaders are invited to join these workshops and seminars. The Centre for Worship Studies also will work closely with at least three local churches from a variety of denominations and ethnic backgrounds as “pilot churches”. Watch for details on upcoming seminars and workshops for Fall 2015/2016 at www.carey-edu.ca.

The CICW’s Worship Grants program (formerly known as the Worship Renewal Grants Program) is now in its 16th year and has seen more than 700 projects funded since its inception.

“This year,” said Kathy Smith, leader of the Vital Worship Grants Team, “CICW approved proposals from 15 denominations, 18 states and one Canadian province, 25 congregations and church plants, two regional church bodies, and two college and seminary communities.” An advisory board of pastors and teachers from a variety of backgrounds gave valuable assistance in the grant selection process.

For the 2015 grant recipients, learning will begin in earnest this June when project directors for all the new grants gather on Calvin’s campus to dialogue not only with CICW staff, but also with the recipients of the 2013 grants, who will come to campus to share the results of their year-long projects.

“We look forward to a collaborative time of worshiping and learning together,” said Smith, “and trust that the stories people share will energize and encourage everyone for their own ministries.”

The Vital Worship Grants Program is generously supported by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1937, the Endowment’s major areas of concern are community development, education, and religion.

For more information on the grants program, including a complete list of this year’s grants recipients, please see: www.calvin.edu/worship.  For more information on the Centre for Worship Studies please click HERE.