Archive for December, 2015


sandra-van-opstal2What’s worship going to look like in this diverse world?

Sandra Van Opstal, worship pastor, shares her thoughts on how worship will be changing in a more diverse and multi-ethnic country. She provides insights on the difference in worship styles based on culture and ethnic background. Her newly released book, Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World,  gives more insights on multi-ethnic worship and the need for the community to embrace this more.

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Know your culture to know your worship. Culture is so engrained in our worship style and preference. The first 10 minutes of worship service gives insight on the church’s culture, background and beliefs. It’s important for individuals and churches to know their culture and how that is impacting their worship experience. For instance, Latinos typically have a more celebratory style of worship where as Asian Americans traditionally have a more private, personal and repentant style of worship. Understand how your culture is influencing your worship so that you can embrace different styles and types of worship. This will give you a fuller expression of God’s beauty and kingdom. It’ll also help you get your worship on.

  2. Worship’s goal is to bring solidarity. It doesn’t matter who you are, what language you speak or how you look. The goal of worship is to bring a unity and solidarity among a diverse group of people. Even people who look alike and come from the same ethnic background, there is so much diversity and differences. Worship brings people to worship God. It unites people with one voice and one heart. Lets not forget that as we worship in our churches.

  3. Multi-ethnic worship is like learning a new language or cooking a new ethnic dish. I’ve cooked one new dish and it was hard. It took me two tries to really get it right. Learning to do multi-ethnic worship will take time, effort and energy. There will be moments of frustration and headache but there will also be even more times of celebration and beauty. Like most great things, it’s the things that are the hardest that turn to be the most rewarding. Multi-ethnic worship is so beautiful when you get to see it displayed on your church. It gives you a picture of us worshipping in heaven together as One church and body. What a picture so lets practice here now to prepare us for eternal worship.

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Lamont HartmanAre you a church planter or campus pastor?

Lamont Hartman, Senior Pastor of a church plant in Santa Ana called Emmaus Church, has been in both worlds as a church planter and campus pastor. Listen to his unique journey of being the lead pastor of a mega church campus as well as a church planter of that same campus. Find out if you should plant a church or be a campus pastor through Lamont’s story.

 

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. One closed doors means another open door. Things in life don’t always work out the way you plan. The same truth applies to churches. We all have hopes and dreams for our churches but life happens and a lot of those dreams don’t actually come to reality or don’t last very long. However, as one door closes, God opens another door. With God in charge, his ways don’t always make sense but we have to trust that God is taking care of his church because it is His church. He will open up the doors as he also closes the door. Lets not hold onto our dreams for the church but trust in God’s plan for His church.

  2. Spiritual weight of leadership is big. Don’t be so quick to want to be the #1 guy in leadership especially in a church. With more spiritual leadership comes more spiritual attacks. There is a heaviness and a weight that leaders go through especially as they gain more influence and recognition. It’s important to understand that and prepare for that spiritual weight through prayer, support and accountability from friends and family. Spiritual disciplines and commitment to the spiritual basics are crucial in dealing with this spiritual weight.

  3. Self-awareness and emotional health are crucial to high level leadership. Not only does higher level leadership require spiritual strength but also emotional health. How emotionally healthy and stable are you? Are you aware of yourself and your emotions? Are you emotionally prepared for the critics, blamers and emotionally unhealthy people in and outside your church? You will get tested and it’s important to really be prepared or else you will burn out and hurt your family and church family. The stakes are very high so make sure you’re emotionally prepared!

 

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DK pictureHow do you recognize God’s voice and obey?

“DK” Daniel Kim, worship pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine,  shares his story of listening to God’s voice to quit his dream job to be missionary with his family to Mexico.  Listen to his journey of living by faith and how you can also hear God’s voice. DK also shares his strategy on how he leads as a worship pastor and how to create a worship culture in a church.

 

 

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. God speaks to us through songs. Worship songs are not only our way to express our gratitude and praise to God, they are also a way that God can speak to us. Those songs create an intimate way for us to listen to God and how he may be leading us and moving us into a new direction. Listen to God as you worship and you may hear what his heart and desires are for you more clearly.
  2. God’s ways aren’t always logical. God’s ways don’t always make sense to us. We try to think logically and practically of what makes sense. Our family, friends and culture may even have more sound reasoning than God, but that doesn’t mean it’s always what God wants. It may not be the best decision for you and your family. It’s important to trust what God may be saying rather than what makes sense financially, emotionally, and relationally.
  3. Worship culture takes intentionality. We all value worship and want our church to be full of worshippers. However, worship culture doesn’t just happen. This isn’t a part-time position. It needs to be a full-time passion that takes vision, strategy and implementation. Churches need to be more intentional about creating a space and environment to invite the Holy Spirit and worship.

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