Coastland Commons is excited to make the following announcement. Check the blog for more updates as this project gets underway!

April 27, 2015

Coastland Commons receives a Vital Worship Grant from the
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Coastland Commons has received a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The grant will fund a year-long project in which Coastland Commons will engage local Seattle congregations in exploring the role of creativity in faith formation. It is one of 29 grants totaling more than $300,000 awarded for 2015 by CICW to churches and schools across North America.

“We learn a tremendous amount from these programs,” said CICW director John Witvliet, “from the wisdom demonstrated in designing them and the insights gleaned from implementing and adapting them as they unfold. We look forward to sharing insights from these projects with a larger audience in our future programming over the next several years."

Local leaders of Coastland Commons are grateful for their grant and eager to get started with their project.

The CICW’s Worship Grants program (formerly known as the Worship Renewal Grants Program) is now in its 16th year and has seen more than 700 projects funded since its inception.

“This year,” said Kathy Smith, leader of the Vital Worship Grants Team, “CICW approved proposals from 15 denominations, 18 states and one Canadian province, 25 congregations and church plants, two regional church bodies, and two college and seminary communities.” An advisory board of pastors and teachers from a variety of backgrounds gave valuable assistance in the grant selection process.

For the 2015 grant recipients, learning will begin in earnest this June when project directors for all the new grants gather on Calvin’s campus to dialogue not only with CICW staff, but also with the recipients of the 2013 grants, who will come to campus to share the results of their year-long projects.

“We look forward to a collaborative time of worshiping and learning together,” said Smith, “and trust that the stories people share will energize and encourage everyone for their own ministries.”

The Vital Worship Grants Program is generously supported by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1937, the Endowment’s major areas of concern are community development, education, and religion.

For more information on the grants program, including a complete list of this year’s grants recipients, please see: