Archive for July 14, 2015

It happens to a lot of artists a lot of the time, especially in the church. It’s not that we’re not welcome, often it’s that they don’t know what to do with us. What can we do to change this?

Offer: Sometimes, we have not because we ask not. We get it in our heads that the church cannot use our gift because they don’t currently use art. As I said earlier, often churches don’t know what to do with us, so we have to make an offer. I recommend starting small and safe. Something that is low cost (no cost is better) and high reward. Then do it for all you’re worth.

Demonstrate: Artists are, as a rule, abstract thinkers and not everyone else thinks that way. Sometimes you have to draw it out for someone, literally. Make a mock up of what you would like to do or better yet actually do it on your own and bring it in. People often have to be shown things pretty clearly.

Faithfulness: We need to remember that church leaders are under a lot of pressure and there are a lot of people with a lot of opinions that need to be considered. When they call upon us to do anything, we need to deliver and deliver the best we can. We need to make them look good and deliver on time at the lowest cost we can.

Be Appropriate: There are appropriate venues for our work and places where our work will simply not fit. We need to do one of two things. We need to either make our work fit the venue or find a venue that fits our work. Don’t try to make things fit where they don’t.

I’m not naive, I know that there are also churches that are not open to the arts and places where it’s really hard to get opportunities to create. There are some places where our work is not welcome. What do we do then?

Once again make the most of any opportunity you get. Even the most humble opportunities might be used by God to do great things for the Kingdom. An old time actress once said, “There are not small parts, only small actors.” I think the same applies to our ministry opportunities. We need to make the most of whatever we get.

Secondly, if you can’t get opportunities to serve within the church, ask the Lord what He would have you do. Perhaps there is an opportunity for you to serve in your community or just help people find their gifts and do their work to the glory of God. God will use you if you let Him and your faithfulness just might open doors for other opportunities.

Give God your best, He’ll do the rest.