The Institute is dedicated to the renewal of liturgy at a grass roots level in local congregations. Its work is focused in three areas:
Education: the Institute regularly holds assemblies and workshops with the goal of strengthening the worship life of congregations and individuals.
Worship: the Institute gathers Christians across the ecumenical spectrum for worship, observing special occasions such as:
Visitation: trained visitation teams are invited by local congregations to participate in Sunday worship with the goal of helping congregations to assess the experience of worship, especially for newcomers.
The Philadelphia Liturgical Institute is the fruit of collaborative ecumenical work beginning in 2002 as liturgical theologians, pastors, and lay people began gathering for mutual education and liturgical renewal within congregations. In 2005, the Institute received a major grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship to recruit and train liturgical visitors (see the visitation program described above.