The Next Worship


Glorifying God in a Diverse World

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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?

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!

“We have lost the language of love in our worship. Love for God, and love for our neighbor. This is a book for those who want to recover these loves by practicing reconciliation in worship.I highly recommend this book having experienced Sandra’s leadership!” —Dr. John Perkins, Co-Founder of CCDA

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Questions In The Calling

“How in the world did I end up here? Lord, why me? Why now?” As I pack up my car to head the to the Calvin Worship Symposium, I can’t help but have a conversation with the Lord. “How did I end up here?” As a seminary student, whenever I would ask a professor for resources on worship, they would point me to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW).  I was told that was […]

The Gift Of Native Worship

*Photo courtesy of Native Christian leader Charles Robinson Experiencing Native American dance (Urbana03), Aztec song and dance (CCDA10), and prayers/communion by a tribal leader with their headdress worn (#prayforreform) have been some of the most powerful times of worship. Each of these experiences reminded me that we must work hard to re-imagine worship that includes the distinctive of all peoples. All of our God-given cultural beauty can be offered in our worship to the praise […]

Worship with InterVarsity in the New Year

Worship is not about entertainment! Worship draws us together as a community into God’s presence and his mission. It is fully about God and it fully involves us.  When we gather across differences to celebrate our distinctives, God is honored.  Creating atmospheres in worship where people can experience reconciliation, healing and deliverance and move towards a life of just worship inspires me to wake up in the morning. InterVarsity student life introduced me to a […]

Active Waiting

Anticipation, sadness and gratitude are some of the many feelings I’m having as I prepare to receive yet another worship team in my home (Casa Azul) and at Grace and Peace Community. I have spent the day waiting – not passively since there were beds to make, food to buy, songs to chart, and rehearsal resources to print. I’ve been actively waiting and anticipating. Gathering worship leaders in community to learn from one another bring […]

God Watches Over The Overlooked

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Worship in LA

Los Angeles is a city of nations. Aside from the fact that the white community is not the majority and Latinos make up almost half of the population, did you know that global communities of Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Armenians, and Syrians, among others, significantly influence the culture of LA? Can you imagine a global-local community coming across differences to praise God? What does the church look like in this context? What happens when this diverse […]

Who’s Got Next? Empowerment and Leadership in Worship

The CCDA worship team had an epic weekend of rehearsal! We sang and played, ate well, and told stories from our worshipping communities. The time was filled with laughter and tears and usually ended with a team member saying “another heavy hitter” or “this song selection is ridiculous.” The CCDA worship team is not made up of random musicians that are “hired” for a “gig”––those invited to lead worship are practitioners. The people you will […]

The Next Worship: CCDA Style

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“I love this book! It is theologically and biblically sound; socially and culturally relevant; and extremely current and practical.  If you’ve been looking to infuse new life into your faith community, look no further. You must read this book!” —Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Seattle Pacific University

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About the Author

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community in Chicago.  A liturgist and activist, she is passionate about mobilizing Christians for reconciliation and justice. She frequently consults, speaks, and writes on topics of racial identity and global mission. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. You can connect with Sandra on Twitter at @sandravanopstal.