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Worship and Proclamation in a Multicultural and Multigenerational Congregation
There are many challenges and opportunities to liturgy and proclamation in a multicultural and multi-generational context. This session seeks to unpack both a theology and practice for this ministry.
Audio | February 23, 2017
Music from African-American Traditions for Use in Any Congregation
One of the remarkable stories about music that has emerged out of African-American communities is its reception in communities of diverse cultural backgrounds all over the world.
Audio | February 15, 2017
Why Youth Need to Be Leading Worship Regularly NOW
When congregations empower teenagers to use their gifts in meaningful ways over time, teens are more likely to imagine themselves as faithful disciples and devoted worshipers for decades to come. Two summer programs in worship, theology, and the arts inspire teens and mentors.
Feature Story | February 09, 2017
Josiah Chung: Passing on Faith to New Generations
Many immigrant churches struggle to retain the next generation, especially because of language barriers and cultural differences. Pastor Josiah Chung is finding solutions that apply across cultures to many kinds of churches.
Conversation | January 24, 2017
The Beauty and Value of the Oral Tradition
Storytelling can help us embrace the stories that have shaped our identities
Audio | November 04, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on Multicultural Preaching
A majority of U.S. Christians born before 1965 are white. However, the fastest growing groups in the U.S. as a whole and in its churches are people of color. Preaching must change to reflect this diversity so that all generations and nations can encounter God through the Word
Conversation | April 08, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on The Next Worship
While some U.S. politicians play on fears about ethnic minorities, changing demographic trends actually offer churches a huge opportunity to create new forms of worship.
Conversation | April 07, 2016
Jennifer Ackerman on Courageous Conversations among Pastors
The Micah Groups program brings together pastors from diverse denominational, theological and ethnic contexts, all who desire to become empowered wise preachers. They seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Over time, they build enough trust to have courageous conversations about worship, preaching and justice.
Conversation | February 19, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Sandra Van Opstal on Multicultural Millennials in Worship
You might be surprised to learn what matters in worship to multicultural millennials in this urban Chicago church.
Conversation | December 17, 2015
Maria Eugenia Cornou on the Myth of Hispanic Culture
Maybe you want to welcome Spanish speakers into your church community. If so, then don’t stereotype people who identify as Hispanic or Latino as all belonging to a single monolithic culture.
Conversation | November 03, 2015
Nonverbal Worship Practices that Bridge Differences
Rhythm, liturgical movement and visual art draw on gifts already present in how God made us and what the universal church has already created.
Feature Story | October 09, 2015
Four Essentials for Multicultural Worship
Churches can become more multicultural through traditioned innovation based on prayer, intention, hospitality and discomfort.
Feature Story | October 09, 2015
Time Perception and Contextual Worship
Mark Charles shares two perceptions of time and how they impact our cultural understanding of a worship service.
Audio | July 13, 2015
African American Worship Treasures
Six church musicians and scholars explain why treasures and challenges in African American worship traditions apply to churches in any cultural context.
Feature Story | April 21, 2015
Developing a Multiethnic Accent in Preaching
Congregations are becoming more diverse which increases the need for the church planter, missionary, and preacher to communicate biblical truth in relevant and compelling ways.
Audio | February 25, 2015
The Next Worship: Coming to the Table in a Multicultural World
The Table is a dominant image for Christ followers gathering together to worship him. It communicates friendship, commitment, and intimacy. The church is in need of leaders who will work towards seeing every tribe and tongue present, reconciled, and celebrating diversity at the Table of corporate worship.
Audio | February 23, 2015
Kendra Buckwalter Smith on Authentic Global Worship
Kendra Buckwalter Smith is the worship coordinator at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PTS has chapel four days a week, and Smith meets with every person or team that plans a chapel service.
Conversation | August 29, 2014
Gerardo Marti on Emerging Churches and Religious Individualism
Gerardo Marti, professor of sociology at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, is fascinated by diversity and innovation as aspects of how the world is changing and how that affects churches today.
Conversation | Video | August 08, 2013