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The
Biblical
Founda0ons
of
 Mul0cultural
Worship:

 How
it
Can
Glorify
God
and
Impact
 Your
Church
and
Mission


Elai
Yesu




Elai
Yesua
Elai
Yesu
 Ni
we
we
tu
baba
ni
we
we
tu
 It’s
only
You
Jesus,
It’s
only
You



Resources •  Multicultural Worship Leaders Network •  Facebook group & page


Resources •  The Mission of Worship by Sandra Van Opstal (Urbana worship director)


Resources •  GRACISM, The Art of Inclusion by David Anderson


Available for the first time here at Urbana!

Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook AND

Creating Local Arts Together: A Manual to Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals


Ethnodoxology =

Peoples + Praise


Ethnodoxology = The study of the worship of God by peoples around the world.


International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE)


• 300+ ICE associates serve in over 70 countries on 6 continents:

• 30+ Organizational Partners


Let’s Connect! Come to exhibit #948 FB: facebook.com/ethnodoxology ICE: info@worldofworship.org Jaewoo Kim jkim0306@gmail.com - Artists in Christian International - LausanneARTS Catalyst - International Council of Ethnodoxologists


Culture Shock!


Culture Shock!


GLOCAL World •  The
word
GLOCALIZATION
refers
to
seamless
 integra<on
between
“local”
and
“global”
 ma@ers




GLOCAL World •  The
word
GLOCALIZATION
refers
to
seamless
 integra<on
between
“local”
and
“global”
 ma@ers

 •  Nothing
is
purely
local
and
nothing
is
purely
 global
anymore




GLOCAL World


The Millennials (Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer)

•  Born between 1980-2000


The Millennials (Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer)

•  Born between 1980-2000 •  The Millennials represent the most racially and ethnically diverse nation in America’s history


The Millennials (Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer)

•  Born between 1980-2000 •  The Millennials represent the most racially and ethnically diverse nation in America’s history •  The generation with lowest proportion of Caucasians


The Millennials (Thom S. Rainer & Jess W. Rainer)

•  Born between 1980-2000 •  The Millennials represent the most racially and ethnically diverse nation in America’s history •  The generation with lowest proportion of Caucasians •  One out of five has at least one immigrant parent


The Browning of America â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż By 2015 a majority of the children born in the United States each year will be nonwhite


The Browning of America •  By 2015 a majority of the children born in the United States each year will be nonwhite •  By 2023 a majority of all children in the country will be nonwhite


The Browning of America •  By 2015 a majority of the children born in the United States each year will be nonwhite •  By 2023 a majority of all children in the country will be nonwhite •  Around 2048 what we call “minority groups” will overtake the size of white population to become the majority


How about Our Worship? â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż Fewer than one out of ten protestant churches has a multiethnic or multiracial congregation to any noteworthy degree (George Barna, Futurecase)


(Psalm 67:1-3 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!


(Revelation 7:9-10 ESV) •  After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


(Galatians 3:28 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


(John 4:21,23 ESV) •  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. •  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.


(Acts 11:25-26 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.


(Acts 13:1 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.


(1 Corinthians 9:22-23 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.


(John 13:35 ESV) â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;Ż By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.


Preferred VS Biblical Worship Preferred‐Worship


 Egocentric
 Ethnocentric
 Homogeneous

 Centralized
 Exclusive


Biblical
Worship
 Community‐centric
 Mul<ethnic

 Diverse

 De‐centralized
 Inclusive



Things to Consider •  What does the form of our worship communicate? •  Superior & inferior culture •  Dominant & marginal group


Things to Consider •  Goal is to include people and celebrate their culture, not just creating worship experience with ethnic flavors. (Ethno-tourism?) •  Explain why you do it. •  Let people contribute (prayer, translation, writing bi-lingual or multi-lingual songs) •  Expand your understanding on Worship and culture


Worship and Culture (Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture)

WORSHIP
IS
 Trans‐cultural


Worship
has
certain
dynamics
that
are
 beyond
culture
 Contextual
 Worship
reflects
local
pa@erns
of
 speech,
dress,
and
other
cultural
 characteris<cs

 Counter‐cultural
 Worship
resists
the
idolatries
of
given
 culture
 Cross‐cultural
 Worship
reflects
the
fact
that
the
body
 of
Christ
transcends
<me
and
space



Benefits of Multicultural Worship •  •  •  •  •  • 

Fuller picture of God Awareness of global issues Sense of global community Fuel for evangelism and missions Personal transformation Anticipation of Worship in Heaven


The
Biblical
Founda0ons
of
 Mul0cultural
Worship:

 How
it
Can
Glorify
God
and
Impact
 Your
Church
and
Mission

Biblical Foundations on Multicultural Worship  

Seminar on Biblical Foundations on Multicultural Worship, Urbana 2012

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