Ben Dykhouse on Being Uncomfortable in Multicultural Chapel Worship

Ben Dykhouse talks about unexpected outcomes and being stretched by experiencing new ways to sing and worship in chapel.

Ben Dykhouse teaches computer applications and church history at Ontario Christian High School in Ontario, California. He also co-teaches a daily chapel class for the school’s weekly chapel worship.

The chapel leadership team reflects the diversity among the school’s 425 students, who come from 275 churches. Nearly 60 percent of students identify as bi-racial or non-white, including African Americans, Hispanics and international students from China, Korea and Vietnam.

But chapels themselves weren’t as multicultural as they could be, so Dykhouse led a worship renewal grant to start changing that. Here he talks about unexpected outcomes and being stretched by experiencing new ways to sing and worship in chapel.

Ben Dykhouse says these three resources have been very helpful for planning multicultural worship: Global Songs for Worship, Sing! A New Creation, and Contemporary Songs for Worship.

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