The Arts and the Local Church: Preface

Well, folks, it is upon us.  In two days we are launching The Arts and the Local Church series on the FortyOne20 Ministries blog. For the past few weeks we’ve been dealing with the concept of excellence, and we will return to that topic mid-July, but for the next month or so, we are shifting our focus.

While the need for excellence in the arts is generally accepted and agreed upon, the place of the arts in the local church is typically a matter of great contention.  Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, some things need to be said before we publish the articles.

First, and most importantly, FortyOne20 Ministries and The Arts and the Local Church contributing artists love the Body of Christ (universal church) and the local groups of believers gathered in His name and for His glory because we love Jesus. It is never our intention to overstep the authority of the local church on the arts or any other matter. We recognize pastors, elders and other shepherds as called by God to oversee and take care of local church gatherings (Tit. 1; 1 Tim. 3). Whether we agree with them or not, we accept their authority in their respective local churches.

Secondly, you may read things in this series that are at odds with what your pastors, elders, shepherds and churches teach. If that is the case, your responsibility is to submit to the authority of your local church, NOT to lead an arts revolution within said gathering. If you are seriously convicted about what you are reading, you should prayerfully consider speaking to your pastor and elders about it, but know that what they say goes for your local body of believers. If you still find yourself  disagreeing with their decision, (pastors and elders, don’t hate me) it is perhaps time to make a gracious exit. Let me reiterate: it is NEVER your job to start an arts revolution in your local church without the consent of your local church shepherds.

That being said, it is our prayer that this series will spark a God-orchestrated and positive change both in believing artists and in how local churches view and use art. Many churches simply do not realize the proper place of art in the church and that is inhibitive to believing artists. Our goal for this particular series is to understand the proper place of art in the church and how to achieve it, and it is our prayer that it falls on receptive and ready-to-act hearts.

Sincerely,

FortyOne20 Ministries

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The Arts and the Local Church contributing artists

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One Comment to “The Arts and the Local Church: Preface”

  1. I will be following this series closely! I can’t wait to read the first entry!

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