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It’s art, video, storytelling and more. A presentation designed to help people to know Jesus, know Him better and use their God=given gifts to follow Him. Plenty of dates available. You can see all the details by clicking the picture below.
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Well if you bring it in, that is. The A Night AMOK: Pictures of Jesus Tour 2014 launches February 1 in Loysburg, PA (pray for good weather). It’s an hour and a half of speed-painting, storytelling, video and the Word of God designed to help people come to know Jesus, follow Him and represent Him well. The first event is a youth event, but this presentation works with people of all ages. If you’re in central to western Pennsylvania come to this event and check it out. If you’re not, I’d love to bring it to your area. Be a part of the 2014 Pictures of Jesus tour. Check out the presentation page for more information, including video and a detailed description of the presentation.
I’ve done this event many times and it has been well received everywhere I’ve done it. If an hour and a half presentation doesn’t fit your needs, I have everything from a single message for a Sunday morning service, to a full weekend retreat. I also do workshops on a variety of topics related to creative ministry, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you need more information.

You can fill out the form below to start the process.

You can also find further information on my speaking page

Over the weekend I participated in a fantastic event called The Pursuit. It was held in Montgomery, AL for youth, mainly college students, pursuing a call to ministry or looking for ways to use their gifts to serve the Lord. I met a lot of fantastic young people and their leaders. It was an amazing time and my prayer is that these young people will all follow God into the amazing plan he has for their lives.

You can check out a few photos of the events here.

As I look back on the weekend, I realize it is in doing events like this one, calling people into their gifts and demonstrating how I use mine, that I have found my call. Things like this are what I was created and uniquely gifted to do. When I am doing these things, I am in the zone and I praise God for it. I have found my call.

Have you found yours? I can’t tell you what it is, but I can tell you where to find it. It’s at the intersection of your gifts and your godly passions. As an example, I have a gift for art and speaking (I say that not to boast, but simply to acknowledge what God has done). I have a passion for helping people find their savior and their God-given purpose. Draw those as lines and AMOKArts is right on the intersection. What’s your intersection? Chances are it’s there that’ you’ll find your call, now go pursue it.

By the way if you’d like to help me pursue my call to help others find theirs, please consider recommending my program, Pictures of Jesus, to your church.


Dave’s New A Night AMOK presentation…

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Available for booking March 2013 Contact AMOKArts for details

Yesterday at the end of my post on Breaking Amish, I posted about the necessity for Christians to tell a better story, and to get those stories out there. A dear friend of mine asked the dreaded question, “how do we do that?” She asked what I thought we were lacking to get this done.

My first thought was connections. We have been really pretty good at creating for our own tribe, but it’s tough to get to the world beyond. The truth is it’s even tough to get places within the tribe (the Church) and with good reason. Most churches are concerned with truth and doctrinal purity and want to make sure they don’t put someone into their pulpits who will bring a false teaching. That’s a good thing and yet it makes it really hard for even good solid ministries to gain a foothold.

To get to world beyond is in some ways easier. People aren’t as concerned with your doctrine though in some places espousing a Christian worldview might get you black listed. Then there is the perception that the art of Christians is of a lesser quality. To some extent this is unfair, though there does seem to be a “good enough for church” mentality that we really need to fight against.

At the end of the day, I think it comes down to this. We need to stop worrying about what we don’t have and need to learn to do our best with what we do have. We need to make the most of every opportunity. We need to give our best every time. If you have limited resources, stretch them and make it work. If you get to work in a small venue, do the same work you would do for the Louvre or Carnegie hall.

I’m a speed painter. I could do much better work if I had more time, but that’s not the object of the game. I have a limited amount of time (5-10 minutes) to do a complete piece of work which I then use to tell a story. It would do me no good to whine about the time I have, I chose the game. I need to do the best piece I can with what I have and keep practicing and working to get better and better. I need to build word of mouth by making every presentation the best I can possibly do it and I need to pursue the opportunities that present themselves.
A Night AMOK

We need to do the work and we need to do all we can to make it shine every time. From there it’s about trusting God to take our best and do the rest. Proverbs 22:29 says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure.” There’s no substitute for doing the work. Do the best you can with what you have and practice, practice, practice. Trusting God to open the doors you can’t open!

A Night AMOK: Pix of JC

Okay guys I’d like to do A Night AMOK a few more times this year. It’s five live paintings with stories, video, music and drama all designed to help people come to meet Jesus and find and live out his creative purpose for their lives. All I need is a free will offering and a night’s lodging if I’m farther from home in the Reading, PA area. It’s been well received everywhere it’s gone. If your church would like a program touches hears and minds, contact me at

Please note, if you’re far away from PA why not team up with a few other churches in your area and hold a little weekend mini-tour.

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Hi everyone,

I try not to make too many “personal requests” here but  I’m looking for a couple churches to host my Pictures of Jesus Tour over the next few months. It’s a combination of speed painting, storytelling, video and even a little drama.

I am trying to make the transition from being a bivocational pastor to a full time art/speaking ministry.

See this page for more information. Ths presentation has been going extremely well.
I can be contacted at

Please, if your church, or if you know anyone, who might consider bringing me in, please put me in contact with them.


Dave Weiss

I love this video. It reminds me of a talk I had with my coach recently. We were talking about ways to get more bookings for my AMOKArts things. His suggestion was something I had thought of before but didn’t quite know what to do with. Find public venues where people gather and just go paint. It’s similar to what I’ve been telling church people for years. We can’t just expect people to come to us, we need to go to them.

How could you take what you do to the streets? What’s holding you back and how can you overcome it?

I finally got the chance to put all the great photos Donna Parcell took of A Night AMOK and put them into a promo video for the new A Night AMOK: Pix of JC page here on

Pix of JC is an evangelistic presentation, A Night AMOK: Pix of JC (Pictures of Jesus). This hour and half long program is designed to introduce people to Jesus and inspire and encourage people to “paint a better picture of Jesus” with their lives by representing Him well and using their God-given gifts to serve God and others. To bring A Night AMOK to your church, contact Dave Weiss at

Photo Credit: Donna Parcell, Indian Creek Church of the Brethren

I had a great time over the last few days doing art ministry.
My first stop was at the Church of the Brethren Church Planting Conference at Bethany Seminary in Richmond Indiana. I did a workshop on the concept of what it means to “Be the Body.”

I also did live worship paintings in each of the four worship gatherings.
AMOKArts COB Church Planters' Conference Mustard Seed
The first piece was based on the passage referring to faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains. I went off the idea of the faith that it takes to plant a church with it’s branches reaching to the heavens.

AMOKArts COB Church Planters' Conference Pray for the City
In Jeremiah 29 the Bible speaks of praying for the peace of the city. This simple piece was designed to be interactive. The bridge in the piece represents what we do when we plant a church. We’re not taking Jesus to a City. God is omnipresent. He’s already there. What we do is build a bridge to the Gospel. When the painting was finished, the attendees were invited to “tag” the city with the names and locations of their churches and plants as a reminder for the viewers to pray for them in their mission/planting work.

AMOKArts COB Church Planters' Conference What's On Your Sheet?
This painting looks a little sparse and with good reason. Once again, the attendees were invited to add something to the piece. In this case the passage was Acts 10 where Peter sees the vision of the sheet being lowered from heaven with all the unclean animals on it. The key part of this was God reminding Peter, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This passage is preparing Peter to reach out to a new people group. We used the painting to relate to the different perhaps non-traditional things we will bring to our work as church planters, bringing the Gospel to new populations. The name of this piece was “What’s On Your Sheet?”

 AMOKArts COB Church Planters' Conference Noah
The final gathering of the conference related to the faith it took Noah to set out in faith and build the ark which has it’s own parallels to church planting. The piece is a simple representation of the story and of God’s promise to us.

After the conference, I headed north. My first stop was Fort Wayne Indiana where I met with Sid Gauby, a church planter doing a marketplace ministry, a coffee house that also hosts a church called New Ground Coffee Company Sid and I chatted for some time about the ins and outs of church planting and shared some ideas back and forth. Unfortunately I had to leave fairly quickly, but I do hope to return.

Next I headed further North to Ashley, Indiana and Pleasant Chapel Church of the Brethren. Pastored by Val Kline, Pleasant Chapel is the other end of the church spectrum from church planting. They are celebrating their hundredth anniversary this year. They are a vibrant welcoming and loving congregation. I preached on the topic of what it means to be the Body of Christ and did a speed painting portrait of Christ as a reminder that He is the head of the body and also did my Many Parts One Body interactive art piece with the congregation.

 AMOKArts Be the Body at Pleasant Chapel COB
The final stop of the “tour” Involved a drive south to Miamisburg, OH to visit with my friend and Interlinc co-conspirator, Todd Pearage. Todd and his family took ,me to dinner and put me up for the night. After Dinner, Todd and I went to Springboro Baptist Church and led a youth gathering. We spoke on the topic of unity and I painted this piece.

 AMOKArts Unity Painting at Springboro Baptist Church
It looks like just another portrait of Jesus, but if you were to watch the piece come together, you would see the painting begins as two faces nose to nose and in conflict. I had done this piece for a video a few years back and Todd asked me to dust it off and try it again. Todd did such an amazing job speaking on this one that I was convinced to add this piece to my next A Night AMOK presentation, tentatively titled “Be the Body.” My hope is to begin booking that one in the fall.

It was good to get home after a long time away, but I was so blessed to get to do all these things and meet all these people. It’s amazing what can happen when people get together to “Be the Body” of Christ.