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Start an Arts Ministry at your Church - C. Brewer

How to Start an Arts Ministry at your Church

by Christopher R. Brewer
I started showing art at our church in Grand Rapids, MI in 2006 and since that time we've exhibited the work of Harvey Alley, Mary Andersen, Rick Beerhorst, Alfonse Borysewicz, Sandra Bowden, Michael Buesking, Clay Enoch, Doug Fassett, Wayne Forte, Peter Gordon, Gail Kedde (Zieger), Edward Knippers, Scott Laumann, John Marquardt, Carol McCrady, Armand Merizon, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde, Steve Prince, Julie Quinn, Jonathan Quist, Rembrandt van Rijn and John August Swanson. We've also purchased 20 works for the permanent collection: Art that Tells the Story. With the help of our Media Director, Dave Gavette, we put together a site for the arts ministry that includes video interviews with several of the artists that we've exhibited. And most recently I edited and published a catalogue inspired by and including much of the collection: Art that Tells the Story (Gospel through Shared Experience, 2011).

As a result of all of this, lots of folks ask me how they can do something along these lines at their church. In an effort to help you get started I've put together a brief guide to starting an arts ministry at your church, and this in an effort to cultivate and create alternate wisdom traditions (learn more
here and here), in this case art.