Over several decades churches worldwide have focused on recovering or discovering biblical, vibrant worship. With one brilliant statement John Piper captured the current wave of worship and connected it to missions. In what has become a classic motto of the missions movement Piper reminded the Christian community that “missions exists because worship doesn’t. Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.” While not a new concept, these few words helped forge missions and worship into symbiotic relationship. Each morphed into the other in an ongoing continuum. The establishing of thriving, biblical churches that were also worshiping churches helped broaden the goal of evangelism and mission.
But one of the ongoing burning issues in missions circles relates to how new groups of believers develop not only biblical worship but culturally relevant worship.
In an effort to help emerging churches move toward indigenous worship in a region of North Africa, a group of missionary musicians in Tunisia invited a team of recording engineers to help capture new expressions of Tunisian Arabic songs. The Christian workers in Tunisia had the idea that establishing a recording studio in Tunisia would be a means of preparing professionally-produced and culturally-relevant worship recordings. In turn the spread of vibrant Arabic worship recordings would be a means of strengthening scattered groups of believers in this very restricted area. This project documents one such effort.
Fortunato, Frank, "Establishing Recording Studios for the Purpose of Developing Indigenous Worship for Tunisian Believers" (2002). Ethnomusicology Masters Theses. 5.