Teaching Creative Arts Ministry

Posted: February 23, 2015 in church art ministry resources, conferences
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Tonight I have the awesome privilege of teaching the subject of art in worship during a class on worship for people training to be pastors. I am so looking forward to this evening. The following is the copy of a handout I will be sharing. There are just some of the things to be thought about when using the arts in ministry and worship. I hope this blesses you in your creative ministry pursuits.

Why Art Should Be a Part of Worship.

Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

  • Beauty is something only humans can behold it’s a mark of our being created in the image of God.
  • The first person to be called filled with the Spirit in Scripture is Bezalel, an artist.
  • It draws people into the message.
  • Many, if not most, people are visual learners. Adding the visual adds impact to the message.
  • The rest of the world utilizes the arts to get their message across
  • The act of making art, like music, is can be an act of worship
  • Art is no more a distraction than music
  • Don’t forget the other art forms, storytelling, drama, comedy, dance, etc.
  • The ultimate goals of art in worship are the same as the rest of the service. 1. To worship, honor and glorify God and 2. to help the congregation to remember the message, take it to hear and put it into action.
  • What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand. If our goal is helping people to understand, not to mention action, we need to move toward visual and tactile.

Why the Church Needs Creativity

  • Gets more people involved.
  • Eliminates consumer mentality.
  • Creates opportunities to reach more people.
  • Takes the load off the pastor.
  • It’s biblical, see Ephesians 4:12
  • People are bombarded by millions of messages every day. How do we make our message (the most important message there is) stand out? How do we take the unchanging message of the Gospel to an ever changing world?VERY CREATIVELY.
  • How do we utilize all the parts of the Body of Christ?

Ways to use art and utilize the artists/designers in your congregation

Worship Service/Teaching

  • Live painting/art illustrating message, coordinating with the message.
  • Previously prepared art
  • Creative presentation graphics/announcement slides, etc.
  • Flyers
  • Bulletin covers
  • Pulpit area/sanctuary decoration based on themes
  • Children’s bulletins
  • Murals, wall graphics
  • Themed art displays, installations
  • Vacation Bible School displays and props
  • Drama sets and props
  • Teaching projects and crafts
  • Illustrated lessons
  • Custom teaching tools
  • Special programs
  • Children’s/youth activities
  • Interactive teaching/hands on projects
  • Design creative worship spaces/stations
  • Create take away materials

Community outreach

  • Art lessons
  • Italian street painting
  • Face painting
  • Custom outreach materials
  • What your church’s creatives need from you.

    • Opportunities
    • Encouragement and support
    • A venue
    • A safe place to fail
    • Educating the congregation
    • Creating a permission giving church environment
    • Discipleship
    • Boundaries/parameters
    • Creativity in helping people find and utilize their gifts

    As with any list of this type, I am sure it is incomplete. And you don’t have to do them all to have a successful creative ministry. What’s missing from this list? What should be added? How could a list like this help you moving forward.


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