Arts Ministry: Nurturing the Creative Life of God's People

by Michael J. Bauer. Wm. B. Eerdmans , 2013.
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Michael Bauer combines his musical expertise and experience with his professorial credentials to produce this ecumenical resource that explores arts ministry and shows readers how to establish an arts ministry in their congregations. Bauer offers a history of the arts in Christianity, gives numerous examples of churches that have an active arts ministry, and shows how integrating the arts into the church enhances both ministry and faith. Chapter topics include the relationship between arts ministry and God, human creativity, and the arts in worship. Bauer also provides the practical aspects of forming an arts ministry, including building the foundations and growing a ministry of the arts. Additional material includes a list of sacred arts organizations, a congregational “arts questionnaire,” and an extensive bibliography. This well-developed, comprehensive resource is appropriate for a variety of Christian traditions that wish to begin or develop their arts ministry.