Book Review: The Next Worship

Today for “Natasha’s Study” I am reviewing the book, The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World by Sandra Maria Van Opstal.

The Next Worship

Why I picked up this book:

I received this book to review from my publisher InterVarsity Press and I was glad to review it for my friend, Sandra.

Who Should Read The Next Worship:

With this book, Sandra presents a wealth of knowledge from her diverse experiences leading cross-cultural worship teams. Any worship leader who is interested in multiethnic ministry, cross-cultural worship, being a bridge builder or reaching the millennial generation will benefit from reading this book.

Personally, I sought out the book because I am on a search committee for hiring a new Worship Arts Director & College Ministry Pastor for the multiethnic church where I am a member. I like to prayerfully make informed contributions and decisions so I was hoping that this resource could provide insight into the world of multi-ethnic worship, and it did.

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#RacialRec: Snapshot ~ Spotlight on Steele Creek Church

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting Steele Creek Church of Charlotte. With approximate demographics of 45% white, 35% African American, 15% Latina, and 5% other racial or ethnic groups, Steele Creek is one of the largest multi-cultural churches in Charlotte. On a typical weekend, Steele Creek is the place of worship to approximately 2000 adults and 500 children and youth.

Courtesy of Steele Creek Church

The first thing I noticed, when exiting my car and walking towards the main campus, was the beautiful flags that waved outside of the worship facility. As guests, we were invited to enter the church café where we enjoyed a free cup of hot chocolate and hot crescent rolls. (I know right!)

We arrived a little early, so we waited in the café for the previous service to end. Once the service ended, we did not experience anything magical when observing the congregants. We simply saw a reflection of everyday life in America. Actually, I would equate the visual to being in an airport. There were short people and talk people, women and men, old people and young people, and people of all different races and ethnicities exiting the main sanctuary. It was a beautiful thing to see in church.

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