Animate 2021. It's happening. This summer. An on-line gathering of teenagers and adults from multiple generations, races and denominations. Musicians and preachers. Actors and artists. Leaders and followers.

United as one. United by One. To create, learn, dream, engage, explore, and worship together.

This summer the Center for Worship and the Arts is excited to offer two options for participating: Animate 21 LIVE & Animate 21 FLEX. Both will be virtual experiences, with Animate 21 LIVE happening synchronously in real time and Animate 21 FLEX available on your own time and schedule.

Animate 21 LIVE will meet online June 7-11, 2021. Teens and adults together will

  • Participate in daily, interactive worship experiences
  • Hone worship leadership skills during online, synchronous worship arts classes
  • Expand your knowledge through video classes in music, theatre, art, technology, and other electives
  • Complete your program successfully and earn an Animate Certificate.

Animate 21 FLEX will be available June 15 - July 31. Participants will have access to archived versions of the materials offered during Animate 21 LIVE. As the name implies, you’ll be able to use them in a way that is flexible and works for your setting and schedule. Here is a sample of the schedule.

Save the dates and plan to join us for Animate 2021! Registration now open. 

Animate Philosophy

Mentoring young people for faithful worship ministry in the twenty-first century lies at the heart of the Animate philosophy. By encouraging thoughtful, artistic, imaginative worship planning and leadership, Animate seeks to help students and their mentors better understand and facilitate the dialogue of worship. We hope they will, in turn, further enhance the worship life of their local congregation.

Through Animate, teenagers become conversant in multiple styles, expressions, and idioms of worship. They will be inspired to invigorate the mission of the church, foster a richer imagination about who God is, promote a deeper level of participation in church life, and create a greater desire to live a life of humility and conviction in the world.

What’s the result? We believe Animate has the potential to raise up a generation of multi-lingual worshipers and worship leaders: teenagers who are biblically faithful and contextually aware, historically informed and culturally relevant, spiritually sensitive and prophetically challenging, theologically imaginative and artistically astute, locally connected and globally engaged. Informed and inspired by interdisciplinary studies in worship, preaching, music, theatre, dance, visual art, architecture, and film, they will learn the art of collaborating with others to create artistic liturgies that will inspire a rich life of faith.

Read more about our beliefs and core convictions.