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In this edition:
- Case Study: Spark and Echo Arts
- Interview: Choreographer Elizabeth Dishman
- Articles: Are the arts important? What makes a leader?
- Gatherings: Creative Church Conference
- Blogs: Transpositions series on Art in the Church; C&A posts from New City Arts Forum
- C&A News: Summer is for Leaders; Young artists’ input needed!
Illuminating the Bible, One Verse at a Time
Spark and Echo Arts is deepening engagement with the Bible through artistic dialogue. Read online or download PDF.
A Paradoxically Successful Combination
Modern dance choreographer and producer, Elizabeth Dishman, balances leadership, creation, and motherhood. Read online or download PDF.
The Creative Church Conference
Indianapolis June 15-17, Boise July 13-15. Forums for ideas and practices that can take churches and artists to new levels of glorifying God by ministering in the arts. More info.
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How important are the arts?
In “Second Things Second,” C&A Director Luann Jennings writes about how (and whether) investment in the arts can be justified in a world where so many people’s survival and salvation are at risk. Read online or download PDF.
What Makes a Leader?
In an article for Harvard Business Review, Daniel Goleman identified five skills that great leaders have – and you might be surprised at how far ahead arts leaders in the church really are! Read online or download PDF.
Art in the Church
Transpositions, the blog of students associated with University of St. Andrews’ (Scotland) Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts is holding a three-week long online “workshop” on Art in the Church. Several C&A members will be posting, including C&A director Luann Jennings, who wrote a post on arts leadership that will conclude the series on June 15.
Art in Society
Also check out two recent C&A posts that came out of the “Art, City, and Society” Forum hosted by New City Arts Initiative in Charlottesville, VA. Recordings of the Forum’s sessions are now available here.
Summer is for Leaders
June kicks off our annual summer focus on leadership. Why leadership, and why summer? Well, many of the folks in our network are in leadership positions on some level, whether it’s as a worship director in a church, running an arts program in the community, or just managing their own arts careers.
And summer is a time in which other demands might scale back. We have brain space available to think about something new, even if only for the short season before fall commitments gear back up again. A short commitment is all some arts leaders can make to learning more about what good leadership is, and how it can help them serve God better in their creative work.
So we’ll be focusing the next three months on leadership issues that impact us. Be sure to check out the new material included in this eJournal, all of which has a leadership focus. You might also want to go back and reread James Kearny’s article from last summer on the spiritual gifts of leadership and administration, as well as C&A blogs with a leadership focus.
Another reason we focus on leadership during the summer is as a build-up to one of the most important events of the year for me, and for many church leaders around the world. The Willow Creek Association’s Leadership Summit is coming up August 9-10. If you can, please attend. You won’t regret it. It is broadcast live to churches all over North America, and shown at later dates around the world. Visit their website to find out what church in your area will be hosting. If your church is a WCA member you get a discount, and you may find that a group from your church is attending, which would give a further discount. If you have registration questions, let me know.
Why do I think this is such an important event? WCA brings in leadership experts to specifically speak to the needs of the church and the Christian leader. Bill Hybels and WCA do a great job of framing everything to help us better understand how good leadership helps us serve God better – which we’re all trying to do. My own thinking and abilities have been profoundly shaped by this event, which I’ve attended five times. Although you won’t hear a lot that will specifically relate to arts leadership – that would be too much to ask :) – you might be surprised at how much you can apply to what you do.
Plus, I think in general artists learn better from a format like this. So if you want to learn more about leadership, but can’t stand the thought of reading dry business books, this is the way to go.
I’d love it if those of us who do attend the Summit can schedule an online meeting or conference call to discuss it afterward, from our perspective as arts leaders. If you receive the eJournal by email you’ll receive more info out about that as we get closer.
Finally: If you know high school or college-aged students who are considering arts careers, would you please contact me? I need some young artists’ input for one of the projects I’m working on this summer, and I want to be sure we get a good mix of disciplines and regions represented.
As always, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need anything.
Blessings on your work,