RW Receives Awards

At the recent 2003 awards ceremonies at the Associated Church Press (ACP) convention, Reformed Worship received three “Honorable Mentions”: in the category “Best in Class” for an Ecumenical Magazine; for the feature article “Toward a Theology of Staying Put” by Eric Jacobsen (RW 68, June 2003); and for the artwork in “Detterman’s Top Ten List” created by artist Rich Bishop (RW 69, September 2003). RW also received an “Award of Merit” for the art accompanying “Unless a Grain of Wheat,” created by George Langbroek with design by Frank Gutbrod and Dean R. Heetderks, (RW 67, March 2003). ACP includes about 175 publications with circulation of more than 28 million.

Shortly after, at the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) convention Reformed Worship received an “Award of Merit” in the category “Awards of Excellence.” EPA embraces some 375 periodicals with a combined circulation of 19 million.

News from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Web Highlighter

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship recently began a bimonthly “Web Highlighter” designed to feature events, resources, and publications of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. This may be a helpful point of entry for you into the growing number of resources on their website. To subscribe, please visit and fill in the form including your e-mail address. Here is just a small taste of what you’ll find:

  • A new worship plan with helpful indexes added weekly (Resources/Worship Planning).
  • Artist of the Month and a growing collection of downloadable images for nonprofit use (Resources/Visual Arts).
  • Much more!

Worship Renewal Grants

Worship Renewal Grants are intended to serve a grass-roots constituency of those concerned for the vitality of the worship life in their local Christian communities in a variety of denominations. Proposals for 2005 are being accepted beginning December 1. There are some changes from previous grant years, so all interested applicants should consult the brochure and grant application instructions at

New MA in Worship at Calvin Theological Seminary

Calvin Theological Seminary is delighted to announce a new program, the M.A. in Worship, designed as a post-baccalaureate degree to prepare persons for assuming positions of competent leadership in the worship ministries of their faith communities.

Normally the program will take two years, combining background theological studies with a concentration of study and field experience in worship. The program may also be taken on a part-time basis. For information, contact David De Boer, Director of Recruitment and Financial Aid, Calvin Theological Seminary, 3233 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4387, Web: http://www.calvin; E-mail:; Office: 616-957-7035; Toll Free: 800-388-6034; Fax: 616-957-8621.


2004 Conferences

Denver, CO, PAM West, September 23-26
“Equipping the Saints for the New Millennium,” PAM West Conference of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Contact: PAM 888-728-7228, x5288;

Grand Rapids, MI, September 30
“Fall Preaching Conference” with Craig Barnes, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

Grand Rapids, MI, October 2
“Visual Arts in the Church.” This conference is designed for pastors, lay leaders, and congregational members who are interested in developing a deeper understanding of why the arts are an integral part of the life of the church. Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Manna (Christians in the Arts), and Eyekons.

Waco, TX, October 4-6
“Music and Worship in an Emerging Culture,” 2004 Hearn Symposium on Christian Music at The Baylor School of Music and the Center for Church Music Studies. Speakers include Brian McLaren, Sally Morgenthaler, Marva Dawn, Thomas Troeger, Chris Seay, Louie Giglio, John Michael Talbot, the Worship Together Band, Chuck Fromm, Billy Ray Hearn, Kurt Kaiser, and others. For complete conference and registration information, you can visit the website at music.

Choristers Guild Conferences and Workshops
Do you want a great continuing education experience that includes an inspirational
presenter and takes only a day of your time? Choristers Guild is offering conferences in three locations with Randy Edwards, the leading teacher on how to make youth choirs a successful and great experience.

Austin, TX, September 10-11
Minneapolis, MN, September 24-25
Springfield, MA, October 8-9

Chicago, IL, November 12-13
Director’s Workshop, Friday, 7:00 p.m. and Children’s Choir Festival, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Lucy Ding, clinician.
For more information on these and other conferences go to

North American Forum on the Catechumenate is an ecumenical and international network of pastoral ministers and theologians dedicated to evangelism and conversion through catechesis, liturgy, discipleship, and mission. Contact: 202-529-9493, x21,;

Beginnings & Beyond Institute
Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 17-22
Beginnings “Plus” Institute
Greensburg, PA, November 11-14
Los Angeles, CA, October 15-17
Concerning the Baptized
Lafayette, IN, October 28-30
San Diego, CA, November 4-6
Philadelphia, PA, Fall

Imaging the Initiation Process in Small Churches
St. Louis, MT, October 29-31
Ambassadors of Christ: Building Reconciling Communities
Rochester, NY, October 28-30

Grand Rapids, MI, January 27-29, 2005
“Calvin Symposium on Worship and the Arts” ( See ad on inside front cover.

Reformed Worship 73 © September 2004, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.