How To Gain A Heart For Multicultural Worship


Presumably, the biggest question in many people’s minds when they hear about the need or desire for multicultural worship is: Why?

Why do we need multicultural worship? I like what my church does.

Why should I care about a different form of worship? I already experience God in my worship service.

Why is the idea of changing our worship service even up for discussion? If it’s not broken, why try to change it?

Typically, the majority of us will need a shift in attitudes when it comes to introducing the idea of multicultural worship. As humans, we are creatures of habit and change is difficult.

However, just because there is a lot of work that goes into changing hearts and attitudes doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take the steps to introducing levels of multicultural worship in our churches and lives.

How, though, do we begin taking those steps?

We first have to gain a heart for multicultural worship and all that it holds.

We may try to begin the process by forcing ourselves to love multicultural worship. Though this method often leads to burnout and fatigue.

Instead of jumping in full-force into trying to make ourselves enjoy this new method of worship, we should take simple, daily steps that help us to gain a heart for a new multiethnic worship experience.

To begin with, we can and should seek out God’s heart for the many cultures of the world. We can only love others as much as we truly love God and ourselves. So to begin to love other cultures, we have to first work on our relationship with God. We can ask the Holy Spirit for help in this process since it is the Spirit’s job to bring us into a more intimate relationship with the Father and Son.

After this, we can then start taking practical steps in our everyday lives to express a heart for multicultural worship.

  • We can start immersing ourselves in other cultures.
  • We can make friends with people from different nations.
  • We can start inviting different ethnic peoples to church with us.

Once we ask God for a heart for multicultural worship, often times the rest of the process is easy. What are some ways you’re seeking God’s heart for multicultural worship? Let us know in the comments below.

Steve Dragswolf

Hi, my name is Steve Dragswolf. I am Hidatsa born in North Dakota and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My heart is for the indigenous of the Americas. I am passionate about literacy and native culture. Connect @dragswolf

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