East Durham Vital Worship Movement

 

What is the East Durham Vital Worship Movement (EDVWM)?

 

The EDVWM is a cohort of five churches who are partnering in a year-long project of connecting worship with community impact. Through learning experiences, reflection times, and collaborative worship services, the EDVWM hopes to cultivate worship that is present and responsive to the people and realities of their neighborhood in East Durham.

 

Who are the churches in the EDVWM?

 

The five churches who are part of EDVWM are A New Creation Church, Change Paths Ministries, Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, La Grey de Dios, and Shepherd’s Flock Baptist Church.

 

What about other churches in East Durham?

 

We invite any of the churches in East Durham to be involved in the learning experiences and worship services put on by the EDVWM. We hope this year-long project will spark a movement that will involve many more churches in East Durham, and can be inspiration to other neighborhoods in Durham.

 

When and how did the EDVWM get started?

 

The churches, and relationships between them, long precede the EDVWM. But a few years ago, churches in East Durham started gathering to learn from each other and seek ways to partner for the well-being of their neighborhood. In 2018, the five churches named above conceived of the year-long project and received a grant to carry it out. The program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. It started May 2018 and will finish June 2019.

 

What will happen after the project is over?

 

We hope this project will strengthen the relationships between the churches in East Durham and will continue to foster collaboration and holistic ministry with the neighborhood.

 

What are some upcoming events with the EDVWM?

 

August 21: Anti-racism training

October 23: Asset-Based Community Development Training

December 18: Ecumenical and Multi-Ethnic Worship Workshop

February 26: Contextual Worship Workshop

This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Questions? Contact Reynolds Chapman at [email protected]