New Deadline for Next Worship Renewal Grants Applications

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awarded sixty-one grants, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, to a wide range of churches and other institutions this year. The Institute recently received additional funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. that will continue the Worship Renewal Grant Program until 2006.

What kind of project would help to renew worship in your congregation? What kind of contribution could you make to encourage others in developing their worship leadership gifts? Dream a little! Dream big! Wondering how to start? Begin by checking out the Institute website ( Discuss ideas, hopes, and dreams at your next worship planning meetings. If you have a project idea you’d like to discuss, call Cindy Holtrop, director of the Worship Renewal Grants program (616-957-6822), or e-mail her at The deadline for applications for 2003 grants is February 1, 2003.


Journey to Jesus

2002 Seminars by Robert Webber examining a process of spiritual formation through authentic worship. Contact the Institute for Worship Studies, Box 894, Wheaton, IL 60189; 630-510-8905; fax 630-510-0601.

2002 Conferences of the Presbyterian
Association of Musicians (PAM)

Albuquerque, NM, July 14-19
Theme: The Community in Worship (Acts 2:42)
Montreat, NC, June 16-21 and 23-28 (two identical conferences)
Theme: Common Call: The Shared Ministry of Worship
Westminster, PA, July 7-12
Theme: Beset by Change, but Spirit-Led
Contact PAM, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396; 888-728-7228; fax 502-569-8465; e-mail:;

2002 Choristers Guild Summer Seminars
Liberty, MO, July 7-12
Grand Rapids, MI, July 21-26
Choristers Guild Summer Seminar for children’s choirs and their directors. Contact: Barbara Merry, 2834 West Kingsley Road, Garland, TX 75041-2498; 972-271-1521; fax: 972-840-3113; e-mail:;

Seattle, WA, July 7-12, 2000
Summer Institute for Liturgy and Worship. Seattle University, with Don Saliers, Ed Foley, Melva Costen, Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, and more. Contact: Summer Inst. for Liturgy and Worship, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University, 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122; 206-296-5984;

Winston-Salem, NC, July 14-18, 2002
Annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Featuring Southern writers and hymns, folk hymns, African-American spirituals and gospel songs, plus a Moravian sunrise service. Contact: The Hymn Society, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215-1401; 1-800-the hymn; fax: 617-353-7322; e-mail:;

Northfield, MN, July 15-19, 2002
Improvisation: Departing from the Script, Holding Fast to Scripture. Annual St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Contact: the Office of Conferences and Events, 507-646-3043; fax: 507-646-3690; e-mail:

Grand Rapids, MI, July 22-26, 2002
“The Doctrine of Christ and the Services of the Christian Year,” a weeklong course for audit or credit taught by John Witvliet at Calvin Seminary. Contact: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 616-957-6088; e-mail:;

Atlanta, GA, July 24-27, 2002
Festival Gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers: “All in the Family: Stories of Parents, Children, and Significant Others.” Contact the Network of Biblical Storytellers (NOBS). United Theological Seminary,1810 Harvard Blvd., Dayton, OH 45406; 1-800-355-NOBS or 937-278-5127; fax: 937-279-0848; e-mail:;

Richmond, VA, August 15-17, 2002
Spiritual Life Retreat for church musicians. Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Led by Kent Ira Graff; sponsored by Cross-Paths Ministries. Contact Roger Dowdy, 804-754-8371; e-mail:

Sioux Center, IA, September 27-28, 2002
Michael Burkhardt, organist and clinician in Friday hymn festival and Saturday workshops; also sessions introducing the organ to teens; all celebrating a new Casavant at First Christian Reformed Church. Contact: 1st CRC: 712-722-0717, or Dr. James Koldenhoven, e-mail:

Sioux Center, IA, September 28, 2002
Worship Conference at Dordt College led by Robert Webber. Sponsored jointly by Dordt College, Classes Heartland and Iakota of the Christian Reformed Church. Contact: Don Draayer, Campus Pastor, Sioux Center, IA; 712-722-6079; fax: 712-722-6416; e-mail:

Hawthorne, NY, October 5, 2002
Church Pianists’ Institute, from 9-5:30, with Jorge Lockward, William Phemister, and others to explore traditional, contemporary, Hispanic, and Black gospel styles. At Hawthorne Gospel Church, sponsored by the Wheaton College Church Pianists’ Institute. Contact: William Phemister, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187; e-mail:;

Rensselaer, NY, October 24-26, 2002
“Worshiping God with Who We Are,” a conference for worship planners and teams to learn and share ideas about imaginative, inspiring liturgy, no matter what size the congregation might be. Helen Kemp and Paul Westermeyer, plenary speakers. Contact: Iteke Prins, Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Blooming Grove Dr., Rensselaer, NY 12144; 518-286-2910;

Appleton, WI, November 2, 2002
Worship and the Visual Arts, Timothy Botts, Robert deJonge, Chris Overvoorde, and more. Contact: Covenant Church, 1601 Covenant Lane, Appleton, WI, 54915-4077; 920-735-1163; e-mail:

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