AWFS 2024 Cultural suggestions from Latin America

  • Latin American Anabaptist churches worship in multiple languages: Spanish, German, Portuguese and several Indigenous languages. Each language group has their own worship style. 
  • Many Latin American congregations have an informal and flexible worship style, with lots of singing, time for testimonies and prayers, and time to chat after worship.  
  • Spanish-speaking churches often sing with guitar, percussion and electric keyboard accompaniment; with “gusto”; more likely in unison than in parts; and projecting the words instead of using a hymnbook. 
Young people gather for worship and fellowship at Iglesia Menonita Concordia in Asuncion, Paraguay. Photo: Iglesia Menonita Concordia

AWFS 2024