Busy Busy Week
Started out at the Duke Divinity Latino Pastors retreat preaching from Luke 14 “El Gran Banquete”, which comes straight from The Next Worship chapter, facilitating bilingual conversations on listening to your community and empowerment (CCDA). Then after two days of catching up at Grace and Peace (GAPC), i headed to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) to compel college ministers to consider how diverse worship can transform their students. The day ended as I lead worship with students from TEDS and Trinity undergrad. It was s busy week of hearing and telling stories. #intergenerationalissues #crossculturalissues #millenials #worship My day was capped off by a beautiful worship service at GAPC in which I witnessed tech, greeters/ushers, and worship all being led intergenerationally by congregants 10-60 years old. It was a tremendous week!
I was especially thankful to see this The Next Worship book review by Zac Hicks: “…after reading the book, I have become convinced that reflecting on what it means to “glorify God in a diverse world,” as the subtitle states, is something every church should be doing, no matter how homogeneous the culture. The Next Worship is for every church and every situation—not just the ones that care about “multicultural worship.” The book strikes a great balance between theory and practicality. Filled with many stories from Van Opstal’s own rich and experienced ministry, The Next Worship grounds its important principles in real-life (messy) situations.”
If that wasn’t enough, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship featured my rants about multiethnic worship! “While some U.S. politicians play on fears about ethnic minorities, changing demographic trends actually offer churches a huge opportunity to create new forms of worship.”
Looking forward to The Next Worship workshop in NY/NJ in just a few days!