Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Worship Renewal Grants Program

Last year we listed the eleven recipients out of 250 applicants in the first year of the Worship Renewal Grants Program (RW 55, p. 46) offered by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW). The overwhelming response to that program—both in the number and quality of applications—resulted in a substantial supplemental grant from the Lilly Endowment to expand the grants program. Therefore, in the second year of the program, CICW was pleased to be able to award new grants to 47 churches and organizations. The grants ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.

Once more, the recipients represent many different denominations and organizations across the United States and Canada. For a description of all forty-seven winning grant projects, visit the Institute website:

According to Cindy Holtrop, office manager of CICW, many applicants reported that even the process of preparing a proposal was an excellent exercise. RW subscribers who have been thinking about submitting a proposal are encouraged to do so. For a brochure on how to apply for a Worship Renewal Grant, please contact the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546; 616-957-6088; e-mail: Or print the brochure from their website: Grant proposals for 2002 must be postmarked by September 1, 2001.

Planning and Leading Congregational Worship,
June 18–21, 2001

All are welcome—seminarians, pastors, worship planners, elders, musicians—to this week-long summer enrichment course offered by Calvin Seminary (for credit or audit). Led by Dr. John Witvliet, the course features worship, lectures, discussion, and practical training. Housing and meals are available at Calvin College. Come as a team from your congregation! For more information visit or contact the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 616-957-6088;

COLAM, July 11-19, 2001

By now all RW subscribers should have received a brochure about the upcoming conference to be held in Wheaton, Illinois, one of the western suburbs of Chicago. If you haven't received a brochure, please check our website:

The conference itself starts on Wednesday evening, July 11, with a hymn festival; we’ve scheduled that opening event for Edman Chapel at Wheaton College, and we hope to hear the brand-new world class Casavant organ to be installed this spring. The rest of the sessions will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.

Four plenary speakers are scheduled. We’re delighted that John Bell is returning to COLAM; anyone who attended COLAM 95 will certainly remember this “modern-day John the Baptist” (see the interview in RW 27; also check out the Iona Community’s website: Another plenary speaker will be Marty Haugen, who was interviewed in RW 58. For those interested in drama, Dennis Dewey will proclaim Scripture from memory; his full-time ministry is to make the biblical stories come alive. We also we look forward to hearing John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, speak to us. See the exciting Institute news about the Worship Renewal Grants Program on page **.

Check the brochure for information about scholarships for high school and college students as well as a composition contest.

There will be many workshops and time for good fellowship. But the heart of COLAM has become our worship together. Twenty years ago these conferences began with the vision of offering full worship services throughout the conference as a way for pastors and other worship leaders to have the privilege of sitting in the pews and being nourished, receiving the gift of God’s grace in word and song. This year as well we will begin and end each day with worship. Come to be nourished and equipped in your ministry of following Christ and leading others to him in your home churches.

Be sure to talk among all your musicians, visual artists, drama team members, and pastors—registration is reduced when four or more people come from one congregation. Come as a team; some of the best learning happens when groups from one congregation share and discuss together what they are learning and experiencing.

See you at COLAM 2001!

Pre-COLAM Seminars

Two years ago, for the first time we offered a pre-COLAM seminar of intensive worship leadership training for pastors and musicians. More than thirty pastors and thirty musicians came. This year we’re repeating that seminar on Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. until Wednesday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m. Leaders include Emily Brink, Gregg deMey, Ron Rienstra, and John Witvliet. Musicians (especially guitarists), please take your instruments; we will have opportunity to learn new songs in Sing! A New Creation.


Authentic Worship in a Changing World
A one-day leadership training seminar led by Robert Webber. Contact the Institute for Worship Studies, Box 894, Wheaton, IL
60189; 630-510-8905;
fax 630-510-0601; website:

2001 Seminars
Greensboro, NC, March 10
Oklahoma City, OK, March 17
Ottawa, ON, April 21
Oakville, ON, May 26
Rochester, MN, September 29
Kansas City, KS, October 6
Omaha, NE, October 13
Boulder, CO, October 20
Orlando, FL, October 27
Seattle, WA, November 10,
Charleston, WV, December 1

Music in Worship, Dallas, TX, April 27-29
A conference for pastors and musicians sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in America. Contact: Christian Education and Publications,
1852 Century Place, Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30345-4305.

Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) Conferences

Montreat, NC, June 17-23, 4-30
(two identical conferences)

New Wilmington, PA, July 8-13

Albuquerque, NM, July 15-20
For information on all PAM conferences, contact PAM, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396; 502-569-5288;
fax 502-569-8465;

Planning and Leading Congregational
Worship, Grand Rapids, MI, June 18-22

A week-long course offered by Calvin Seminary. Contact: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 616-957-6088,;

Worship 2001, Oakland, CA June 27-30
Music and worship conference. Contact: Grace Gunther, registrar, First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619; 510-531-5244.

COLAM 2001, Wheaton, IL, July 10-14
Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and Reformed Worship.
Pre-COLAM intensive seminars on July 10-11; see above and the inside front cover for more details.

Hymn Society Conference, Independence, MO, July 15-19
Contact: The Hymn Society, Boston
University School of Theology,
745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
02215-1401; 1-800-the hymn;
Fax: 617-353-7322;

Choristers Guild Summer Seminar,
Grand Rapids, MI, July 22-27

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;

Reformed Worship 59 © March 2001, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.