The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World by Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Mark
Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit - Church/Pastoral Leadership
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!
Sandra Maria Van Opstal (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a Chicago-born, second-generation Latina and a leading practitioner of multiethnic worship. A preacher, trainer, liturgist and activist, she is passionate about creating atmospheres that mobilize for reconciliation and justice. She served as the worship director for the Urbana Student Missions Conference and has led worship for the Willow Creek Association, the Christian Community Development Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Evangelical Covenant Church and the Evangelical Immigration Table.
Sandra regularly consults as both a worship leader and a mission trainer with Christian colleges, conferences and local churches, and she serves on the board of Evangelicals 4 Justice. She and her husband Karl minister at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago, and she is the author of The Mission of Worship.
Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as Lloyd John Ogilvie chair for preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute for Preaching.
Labberton came to Fuller after sixteen years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. He has served as chair of John Stott Ministries (now Langham Partnership) and co-chair of the John Stott Ministries Global Initiative Fund. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of International Justice Mission. He is the author of The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor and The Dangerous Act of Worship.
Foreword by Mark Labberton Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Tension at the Table Challenges and Opportunities in Diverse Worship 2. Is PB&J Ethnic Food? The Myth of Normal Worship 3.Food Fights Reconciliation in Worship 4. Hosting Well Shared Leadership 5. Designing Your Menu Models of Diverse Worship 6. It's Not Just the Food Components of Diverse Worship 7. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Creating Culture Change 8. Master Chef Training Worship Leaders Epilogue: North Park University Appendix A: Cultural Values Continuum Appendix B: Additional Resources Appendix C: Worship Movements and Artists Appendix D: Order of Service Examples Appendix E: Components of Worship Appendix F: World Assembly International Conference Songs Appendix G: Songs for Crossing Cultures Appendix H: Teaching a Language Song Appendix I: Worship Culturs Notes About the Author