John D. Witvliet, Director
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond. Founded in 1997, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), located at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an interdisciplinary study and ministry center dedicated to both understanding and revitalizing the practice of Christian worship.
We are dedicated to using the unique resources of a Christian liberal arts college—with its collegial environment, international faculty and student body, wide interdisciplinary expertise, and culture of ongoing learning—to partner with congregations, denominations, parachurch organizations, professional organizations, and publishers to further our mission.
- Resources: We offer a wide range of practical resources and scholarly works—both in print and on our website—for congregational leaders, pastors, teachers of worships, students, artists, and all interested in worship.
- Events: The Symposium on Worship is the largest training event we co-sponsor each January. In addition, smaller regional training events happen throughout the year across Canada and the United States, and several events are sponsored at overseas locations.
- Grants: The Vital Worship Grants Program seeks to foster vital worship in congregations, parishes, and other worshiping communities in North America. This program is especially focused on projects that connect public worship to intergenerational faith formation and Christian discipleship, a theme that can unfold in many facets of worship from Bible reading to preaching to Baptism and Lord’s Supper, intercessory prayer, congregational song, visual arts, and more. This program is made possible through the generous support of Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Learn more about what we do at our website: