National Book Month is winding down! And we have THREE books—all for artists and creatives in church ministry! I know many creatives feel like the church has let them down, but these books help artists AND pastors walk through the process of starting a worship arts ministry together. All three make a strong case for the use of arts in our churches. Here they are and what others are saying about them!
Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God’s People by Michael J Bauer includes eighteen case studies of churches succeeding in arts ministries. “For anyone wanting to explore the field of arts ministry, this book is a superb and remarkably comprehensive primer. Whether readers are most interested in the theological, aesthetic, or practical aspect, they will discover a solid foundation along with a generous list of resources for further study and application. Best of all, Michael Bauer’s perspective is a refreshing antidote to the frequent laments I hear about the current ‘decline of artistic standards’ in the church. …Bauer’s enthusiasm for the work of the Spirit in the church today is contagious! I recommend this book heartily to professional artists, clerics, and laypersons alike.” ~Stephan Casurella, Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
Visual Faith: Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue by William A. Dyrness explores the relationship between the church and the arts in both historical and Biblical contexts. “This book critiques the traditional Protestant prejudice against visual arts and aesthetics, and invites Christians to have new vision for the arts and a recovery of visual imagination. …Dyrness is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary, and his love of art and its interaction with theology is contagious. Emerging churches that are seeking to enjoy and worship with beauty and creative arts will find helpful background here.” ~Darren Cronshaw,The Emerging Church: Spirituality and Worship Reading Guide
Three great books to help churches, worshipers and creatives navigate the complexities of engaging the arts in our churches and faith communities. Check them out today!
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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