This dialog has been going around for quite awhile. Even though this list is far from comprehensive, nor are all of these things nececessarily feasible in every church, I do think there are some really good ideas here.
The following is a list—in no particular order—of things you can enact in your church to create a greater openness to the arts with your congregations and become more friendly to artists of faith. Some of these ideas are small and relatively easy undertakings, and some are flat out BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). Some are quite inexpensive, and some are quite resource intensive. Some might be totally inappropriate or even ridiculous to your situation, and some might be your next perfect step. Mostly, I hope to inspire you into thinking about what it is that you can do, and do well, in your unique church context.
[UPDATE: For a discussion of principles and practices regarding this list, please see the accompanying blog,Seven Habits of the Artist-Friendly Church.]
Do you have some ideas? Share them, and I’ll add them to the list!
1) Start an Art Gallery
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