- What are some practical first steps for congregations and worship leaders interested in moving in the direction of multicultural worship?
- What comments do you get from congregations that are new to multicultural worship? How do we ease the transitions or address reticence?
- What is the balance between accessibility and authenticity?
I do want to note that I carefully chose the phrase “majority culture” instead of “white people” because “white people” aren’t the only majority culture. The majority culture could be a culture that is shaped by age, race, Christian tradition practice, etc. It doesn't have to be exclusively based off of racial hierarchy in the American context. The point of the matter is that whether you are a part of majority culture or minority culture, if you’re a Christian, honoring your brother more than yourself should be your major concern. Nobody gets off the hook with this biblical requirement.
- What is the difference between appreciation and appropriation when it comes to worship music? What considerations should be taken in this regard?
The first thing to consider is what are your values. Make sure you are spending money according to your values. I say this in my book also, but it’s important that you value people. Invest in the people in your worship ministry. Train them. It’s amazing to me that churches that have an expectation for the preacher to be trained, educated, and equipped for ministry. They’ll give pastors and ministry staff a budget for continuing education, but they don’t provide training for volunteer musicians and sound engineers. The music and sound equipment in many churches have about the same amount face-time in a service. I give some guidelines in the book that will help leaders with this.
- Lastly, where do you find new songs? How do you remain interconnected and exposed to new music?
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