June 2, 2008 Tony Morgan

7 Reasons Why the Church Needs Artists

Lee recently came back from a worship conference and shared these notes from a session that Aubrey Spears taught. Spears is the Teaching Pastor at Fairmont Park Church in La Porte, Texas. From Lee’s notes, these are the:

7 Reasons Why the Church Needs Artists

  1. Only through art can we know God more fully. A person encounters God as an artist before he encounters him as a theologian. We have reduced God’s primary interests to truth and goodness. We must remember that beauty is a primary of interest of his.
  2. We must see God’s world more truthfully. Only seeing one theme is insufficient.  Artists must help people see both the brokenness and the promise of renewal.
  3. We must embrace God’s salvation more completely. Art as morality dictates that we should create more than just “religious” art.  Everything is to be redeemed.  Everything is worthy of artistic representation.
  4. We must worship God more humanly. Because of the image of God, humans make art. Humans create. No other organism on earth does.
  5. We must believe God’s promises more confidently. We are blinded to the glory that is here now. With art, you encourage and enlarge hearts to believe the impossible.
  6. We must proclaim God’s kingdom more powerfully. Truth has bigger muscles in art.
  7. We need to meet God. The primary place where we experience God is in our imagination–the intersection of our mind, emotions and will.
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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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