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Dordt Receives Worship Renewal Grant

December 18, 2001

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa; December 19, 2001—Dordt College has recently been awarded a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The $7,650 grant will be used to enhance the understanding and practice of worship on Dordt College’s campus through two conferences and a series of monthly meetings to learn about and reflect on the principles of biblical worship. The initial conference will be held January 2002. A second conference will be held in September 2002, building on the foundation of the initial conference and inviting additional participants.

Dr. Donald Draayer, Campus Pastor for Dordt College, is the project director. “I’m excited about the possibilities that this grant gives us to meaningfully reflect on the nature of biblical worship, especially as it relates to worship on the Dordt College campus,” says Draayer.

To receive the grant, Draayer submitted a proposal to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The Institute received more than 150 proposals from over 25 denominations and 46 states and provinces in North America. “The tremendous response to this program demonstrates that leaders responsible for worship are greatly interested in worship renewal that is both well-grounded and creative,” said Cindy Holtrop, program manager for the Worship Institute and manager of the grants program.

The Institute worked with a seven-member national advisory board to evaluate proposals. “The selection process was extremely difficult. We were especially grateful for so many proposals that give evidence of deep theological reflection on the meaning of worship,” said John Witvliet, Institute director.

Funds for the Worship Renewal Grant program were provided through a grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. Founded in 1937, the Endowment’s major areas of concern are community development, education and religion.

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