Multi-Ethnic Church : Music

I believe that there is nothing more personal in church than the musical aspect of worship. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “I was convinced that worship at its best is a social experience with people of all levels of life coming together to realize their oneness and unity under God.” Dr. King was correct, when we worship our hearts are open to the Lord and we can see the heart of worship within our fellow believer.

If we were honest with ourselves we have a musical preference for worship time in church. If you close your eyes and think of musical worship, you’ll probably be lead to think about your favorite hymn, chorus, gospel song, or Latin praise. I believe if someone is striving to diversify a church ministry the greatest stumbling block will be musical preference. Musical style is the greatest way to determine what the ethnic composition of a church will be.

So what should the music of a multi ethnic church be like?

There is no one-size-fits-all method or approach to multicultural worship. Each congregation and combination of cultures is unique. –Gerardo Marti

We should be aware when selecting musical style and leadership that music affects every ethnicity in different ways. For mono-ethnic churches that are still fighting the Worship War remember music affects not just ethnicities, but also every believer in unique ways. So, when it comes to worship be mindful of personal desires and needs with connecting.
 I'm not suggesting that you rid of your personal music preference. I am suggesting that you help your new brothers and sisters worship the Lord. 

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