Creating a Sustainable Church Arts Ministry

By Lisa DeBoer

Lisa De Boer teaches art and art history at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. For the 2011-2012 school year, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship hosted De Boer as a visiting scholar.

She notes that most churches get started in visual arts ministry by opening a church art gallery. Some view it as an outreach to the community and career artists. Other churches seek to fill the gap in art education in public schools. Still other congregations create an art gallery to affirm the arts as a legitimate cultural activity.

Here she talks about the more complex step of moving from displaying art in a church gallery to including visual arts in worship.

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