School of Music
Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)
Seventh-day Adventist, Multicultural, Worship, Culturally Diverse, Culture, Culturally Conscious Worship
Liturgy and Worship | Music | Religion
Hickam, Richard Edwin, "A Case Study of the Culturally Diverse Worship at the Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2111.
The Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist Church (FHC) is a multicultural, multigenerational church in Orlando, FL. This case study will examine the history of the worshiping community with particular attention to the change in the culture of the worship services enacted in 2014 and its ongoing impact. The church moved from a traditional and a contemporary service to two identical culturally conscious worship services. This format is unusual in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) denomination. Seventh-day Adventism was named in a Pew study as the most diverse religion in the United States, but that does not mean its people are racially worshiping together. A survey assessed the congregants' response to the liturgical practices and found positive results about the current model. The results of this study could benefit both Adventism and the Evangelical church through this model of worship.