Our Vision for the Arts

12 years has gone by fast. When we launched Sojourn Community Church in September, 2000, we knew that arts for the church, in the church, by the church would always be a core passion.  At the same time, we’ve always known that this is not a sprint. We want to go the distance with The 930 Art Center, with our visual art ministry, Sojourn Music, and with support of all art forms, from graphic design to writing.

We want to celebrate and appreciate works of beauty, and call them to your attention. Here is an inspiring word from theologian Calvin Seerveld, from For The Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts:

For the evangelical Christian community to develop a living artistic tradition, a mulching ground that generates deeper-going artistry which in turn will not be defensive but have staying power, will take a long time. It will probably take more than one generation of artists, art critics, art public, art patrons, art theorists, art publicists, working together in a communal perspective, to develop the normal body for supporting the numerous second-rate artists that are needed to get the few first-rate ones … Perhaps some Christian body, with resources and authority, can enlarge its long-term vision to give priority to such a ministry in the arts, giving support to a gifted artistic community with a united direction and a Holy Spirited vision of compassion for those caught in sin and evil.

This is our vision and mission. Pray with us, journey with us, create the things God inspires you to create and support the creative work of others. Let’s grow together in our appreciation for the arts and cultivation of artistic works.

What’s your personal vision for arts in the next generation?

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5 Responses to “Our Vision for the Arts”

  1. Gil Billingsley March 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    My personal vision: encourage creativity of expression with spiritual discernment, adorning the Gospel for the present and future generations. In faith I trust that God directs my path in this goal.
    Where I work now, people bring in various works in photos, paintings, sculptures, and crafts. I tell them about Sojourn; some have heard of us and some are surprised about our arts emphasis. One man has been coming in periodically to document his paintings in photos to submit to competitions. I asked him how he got started painting and he said he does it to cope with his cancer treatments, gives him focus on something other than his pain. It turns out that his grandchildren attend Sojourn but he was unaware that Sojourn had any connection to the arts community.
    There are many stories like this one I have encountered over the 3 yrs at this job. It is apparent to me that God cares about our creativity.

  2. Ryan Broadhurst March 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    “When art comes to terms with both the wounds of the world and the promise of resurrection and learns how to express and respond to both at once, we will on the way to a fresh vision, a fresh mission,” – NT Wright

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