The American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” This is especially true for worship in the Church.
The Body of Christ spans across borders. Even when we can’t speak one another’s language, worshipping the Lord together demonstrates our unity. That’s why Global Disciples is placing a new emphasis on worship in their discipleship training.
Tim Singer*, Global Disciples’ new worship specialist says, “Our goal is to raise up regional worship leaders, give them more training, and help them discover how they can train others within their own unique cultural context.
“So in other words, we’re not going to bring the songs we sing here in America with us. Instead, [we] teach them to write their own songs, use their own cultural resources, use the instruments that they have, and encourage them to have their own unique expression of worship. That’s where the beauty is.”
But most of all, Singer says they are encouraging worship leaders “to find that sincerity, that authentic expression that leads us into the presence of God.”
Global Disciples has helped plant thousands of churches around the world over the years. They noticed the need for a worship focus after hearing many of these new churches struggling in the area of worship.
Collaborating in cross-cultural worship, however, can be a daunting task. Even across denominations or across the street, congregations and church leaders have very different approaches to worshipful expression.
It may not be an easy endeavor, but it is worthwhile to proclaim the Name of Jesus through worship to a lost and hurting world.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for new churches around the world to grow in their faith through worship.
- Ask God to bless new church plants through Global Disciples’ worship initiatives.
- Pray for encouragement and wisdom for Tim Singer as he enters this new worship specialist role.