Spiritual Formation Pastor
A few weeks ago we had our ministry Sunday. If you recall, we placed a bunch of sign-up sheets on tables and asked you to get involved by giving us your info. Some of the ministry opportunities were what I would call classic: Sunday School workers, nursery, ushers, etc. The church is by and large a volunteer organization; we couldn’t do the majority of things we do without the hours and hours committed to volunteering. As a pastor, I often feel overwhelmed by the high commitment and passions of volunteers who put so much of their time and effort into what we are doing here at Emmanuel. It’s really quite something to behold.
One area that is sometimes overlooked on ministry Sunday, however, is the area of the arts. Within our church we have many artists, from painters and sculpturers, to videographers, writers, and poets. We have actors and musicians, and photographers. And the church’s ministries can benefit greatly from these artistic endeavours. Art, it has been said, is a form of worship. When art flourishes in the church, it raises our standards and diversity of expressions when it comes to worship.
But we need forums to allow our artists to shine. I encourage you, if you have artist gifting, to come chat with me. We would love to adorn our walls with paintings and pictures or art pieces. We are continuing to develop our video ministry, and are looking for people to read or present the Scriptures in artist ways. Today after the second service we’re having a luncheon for writers, story-tellers that can contribute to the fabric of our church by reporting and reflecting on our ministries, our families, our theology. There is lots of room for our artistic ministries to grow.
God loves our creativity. Let’s make Emmanuel a place where artists can thrive and contribute.