The church needs creativity now more than ever.

Each day people are bombarded by hundreds of messages…
but one is most important. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. We in the church have been entrusted with taking that message to the ends of the earth. How do we stand out among the noise and get their attention? The good news is God has gifted people with gifts and talents designed to do just that. Some of them are in our churches and some are beyond our walls.

My name is Dave Weiss. I’m an artist, a pastor and a speaker, but it wasn’t always that way. Oh I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember, but I’m in the ministry today because of two things. Someone cared enough to introduce me to Jesus Christ, and a pastor found my gift of art as showed me how I could use my gift to serve the Lord. That was transformational.

My passion is to help people find and use their gifts to serve the Lord both in the church and in the market place and to help the church to embrace Creativity. I do workshops, Gospel presentations and more to creatively encourage and build up the Body of Christ. I’d love to work with you and your church. Contact me today!

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This week’s message is called Messy Ministry, part I. It’s on the theme of outreach and evangelism using the example of the calling of Matthew.


In the Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis shares letter written from a demon named Screwtape to his nephew and underling Wormwood, telling him how to corrupt the soul he is tasked with corrupting known as the patient. Given the state of politics in our world, I found this portion “enlightening.” The topic is whether Wormwood should try to make his “patient” a patriot or a pacifist. “Screwtape” writes:

“Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the patriotism or pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the ’cause,’ in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favor of the British war effort or of pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the world an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more religious (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cage full down here.

Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape”

Lewis as usual nails it. Keep in mind the character Screwtape is a demon wanting to help his underling Wormwood to destroy his patient. It’s fictional, but I have seen the tactic work splendidly by Satan’s standard. This is story telling at it’s finest, and it is used to call attention to a technique virtually as old history itself. Christians need to follow Christ over and above everything else.



Our Bible Study Group at the church is studying the book of Esther. In connection with that study, I am preaching a series of messages called Esther: For Such a Time as This. This week’s message is an exploration of chapter 4.


As many of you know, I have a Facebook page/group called The Daily Creative. I’ve been wrestling with it a little as I try to figure out how much content is too much, versus not enough, but one thing I have determined to do is post a daily art challenge each month. Well yesterday I heard that Chinese New Year was on January 25 and that this year is the year of the Rat. Well if you know my artistic history, you’ll know I’ve drawn a lot of rats, from fan art of Ed Roth’s Rat Fink to my own characters Rikki Rat and the Vermin, I love to cartoon rats. I decided that February’s Challenge will be called Rat-ruary. So if you’re feeling a little “rat-ical” come on in and join in the fun. Be sure to join the Facebook group so you can share your creations. It’s just a challenge to trigger your creativity.


I spend a lot of time in my van, driving from place to place, and one of the things I love to do is listen to podcasts. Among my favorites is Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love. Now for the record, I have found work that I love, but Dan shares a lot of great principles that I am hoping to apply to the work that I do both in the arts and in the church. Well I was listening to some of his older episodes last week, when he mentioned a book that I would love to read. The problem was when I looked the title up online, there were several books with the same title, and I needed to know which one it was so I sent him an email. I added some words about how I have indeed found the work I love, but that I was still really being blessed by what he is doing, and he read my email on the Podcast. I was thrilled.

Later he shared another listener’s question. He asked for listeners to respond to what the listener said. Well it was so much in my wheelhouse that I had to respond. Here’s what I wrote.

Hi Dan,
Dave Weiss here from AMOKArts.com. First of all thank you for reading my good news piece on your podcast last week. I was thrilled to hear you share it. I then listened with great interest to the young lady who wrote about glory to self versus glory to God and wanting to do a secular career but worrying that it won’t glorify God. I want to say for the record, that a lot of the art I do these days, is done in and for the church, but not all of it and I think God is not just okay with that, I think he is setting up the opportunities and He is glorified.

First of all, not all of the work I do in live paintings in churches is traditionally Christian. I do have a presentation called Pictures of Jesus, where I paint pictures of Jesus, but I have a piece on God’s creation in which I paint a giant bug. I have another presentation on imagination where I paint two versions of Edvard Munch’s the Scream, and a presentation I do on forgiveness featuring a piece I adapted from an idea I got while looking at a Pink Floyd album cover. In my presentation graphics, I love to use cartoons and other kinds of humorous illustration. The point is, the only way I can do what I do, is to constantly be working out new ideas with diverse subject matter.

Secondly, I don’t just work in the church. Part of our calling as Christians is to share our faith with those outside the church. As such I want to do work that allows me to speak to the arts community. My earliest artistic influences were the guys who did the wild creatures driving wild cars, like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and I still love to do that kind of work. I love cartooning, pop art and what they call “low brow art,” and one of the things I love to do is to share that work online both on my site, Beware of Artists and on various Facebook groups as well as in Zazzle shops and Deviantart.com. I would love if that became a way to generate passive income eventually, and I make some efforts toward that end, but for now, my main purpose is just to open the door to building relationships with other artists and enthusiasts and just generally getting to know people.

From time to time I will enter into monthly challenges where they give a prompt each day for a month and I create a new piece each day. They frequently create opportunities for conversation. Last year, one of these challenges opened the door for me to share a video message with a group of youth in Croatia. When I was focused on making art a career, I ended up very frustrated at times. Now, even though I am called to ministry, I know part of that ministry is using my gifts in any opportunity God provides, whether that’s “secular” or “Christian.” I would direct the young lady to three passages 1 Peter 4:10 which says “Each one should use WHATEVER gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.” Ephesians 5:15 and 16 “15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of EVERY opportunity, because the days are evil.”and finally Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” God is not just the God of the church, He is God of all. He can be glorified in anything He calls us to do, whether it is in the church, the marketplace or both. In closing I would remind her of the words of St. Irenaeus, who said “The glory of God is man fully alive.” All true gifts come from God, we need to put them to use and trust God to do what He will in them.

God bless and thanks again,
Dave Weiss
http://amokarts.com
http://bewareofartists1.wordpress.com
http://daveweissamericanpop.deviantart.com
https://www.zazzle.com/daveweisspopshop/products


One of the big things I want to do in this blog is to encourage creative ministry. I’ve been sharing my messages from my church on this blog for a little while now, but now I want to add a feature. Think of it as a challenge. Each week before I post the sermon for the current week, I plan on telling you my next topic and the text. The reason for this is I want to encourage you to think creatively. How would you express the text in your art form? What creative elements would you add? How might you present the text to someone in a Sunday school class, a sermon, a drama, a song or other creative work.

I would love to see/hear how you would express these topics in your art form, so please share them in the comments. I promise not to use anything you create without your permission. On the other hand if you see something on here, you would like to use, I hereby grant you permission to do so, unless otherwise noted and only ask that you link back to this blog. Let’s spread creative ministry together.

The coming sermon is going to be based on Esther chapter four, and specifically around the verse where Mordecai reminds Esther that she came to her position of power, “for such a time as this.” This is really where the rubber meets the road in the book of Esther. How would you express this concept. How about you, what is your for such a time as this moment? Have you ever considered the FACT that you were created to live in this time and fulfill God’s purposes in this time? I’d love to see what you come up with. Share a link to your creation in the comments.

The current Sermon is called simply A New Yoy… It deals with the mystery of the Resurrection of the Body and is based on 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. So how about it, How did you express the resurrection of the body.


One of the big things I want to do in this blog is to encourage creative ministry. I’ve been sharing my messages from my church on this blog for a little while now, but now I want to add a feature. Think of it as a challenge. Each week before I post the sermon for the current week, I plan on telling you my next topic and the text. The reason for this is I want to encourage you to think creatively. How would you express the text in your art form? What creative elements would you add? How might you present the text to someone in a Sunday school class, a sermon, a drama, a song or other creative work.

I would love to see/hear how you would express these topics in your art form, so please share them in the comments. I promise not to use anything you create without your permission. On the other hand if you see something on here, you would like to use, I hereby grant you permission to do so, unless otherwise noted and only ask that you link back to this blog. Let’s spread creative ministry together.

The coming sermon is going to be about our resurrection and the resurrection body. I’m entitling it “A New You.” The text is 2 Corinthians 5:5-10

The current Sermon is called simply The End of the World… It’s the latest message in our “New” series is entitled “The End of the World…” What does that have to do with things being new? Everything! The passage I preached on from Revelation 21 is about the New Heavens and the New Earth and God making everything new.