The Next Worship
What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship...
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What happens when a diverse church glorifies the global God? We live in a time of unprecedented intercultural exchange, where our communities welcome people from around the world. Music and media from every culture are easily accessible, and our worship is infused with a rich variety of musical and liturgical influences. But leading worship in multicultural contexts can be a crosscultural experience for everybody. How do we help our congregations navigate the journey?Pioneering worship leader Sandra Van Opstal is known for crafting worship that embodies the global, multiethnic body of Christ. Likening diverse worship to a sumptuous banquet, she shows how worship leaders can set the table and welcome worshipers from every tribe and tongue. Van Opstal provides biblical foundations for multiethnic worship, with practical tools and resources for planning services that reflect God's invitation for all peoples to praise him.When multiethnic worship is done well, the church models reconciliation and prophetic justice, heralding God's good news for the world. Enter into the praise of our king, and let the nations rejoice!
Sandra Van Opstal is director of worship for the Urbana Mission Convention. She previously served as director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program and now serves on the national leadership team for InterVarsity's Latino ministry LaFe. A Chicago-born Latina, Van Opstal is passionate about people of different cultures coming together to experience the presence of God. She regularly consults as both a worship leader and a mission trainer with Christian colleges, conferences and local churches.She earned her M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has published
- What Happens When A Diverse Church Glorifies The Global God? We Live In A Time Of Unprecedented Intercultural Exchange, Where Our Communities Welcome People From Around The World. Music And Media From Every Culture Are Easily Accessible, And Our Worship Is Infused With A Rich Variety Of Musical And Liturgical Influences. But Leading Worship In Multicultural Contexts Can Be A Crosscultural Experience For Everybody. How Do We Help Our Congregations Navigate The Journey?innovative Worship Leader Sandra Maria Van Opstal Is Known For Crafting Worship That Embodies The Global, Multiethnic Body Of Christ. Likening Diverse Worship To A Sumptuous Banquet, She Shows How Worship Leaders Can Set The Table And Welcome Worshipers From Every Tribe And Tongue. Van Opstal Provides Biblical Foundations For Multiethnic Worship, With Practical Tools And Resources For Planning Services That Reflect God's Invitation For All Peoples To Praise Him.when Multiethnic Worship Is Done Well, The Church Models Reconciliation And Prophetic Justice, Heralding God's Good News For The World. Enter Into The Praise Of Our King, And Let The Nations Rejoice!