MISSION AS ART
This conference will look at the challenges and wonder of mission through the lens of art and the insight of the artist. We want this conference to be a celebration of art as an inspiration for mission, so there will be moments of opportunity to take in visual, musical and performance art. It is not about art per se, but about reframing the work of mission as art. So, we will offer short insightful talks on the connections between ideas like imagination and faith, beauty and holiness, creativity and mission. We will also engage panels of working artists to help us understand their process as we gain insight into our own. We will offer classes for each of us to experience creative risk and we will convene studio spaces where we will work together to work toward solutions of key missional challenges in our time. We would love to have you join.
Have an idea and need help building on it? Creation Labs are spaces for you to work quietly alone, or ask for help from a coach. This is primarily a space and time for you to think, pray and craft some new ideas around mission.
It is not uncommon for artists of one discipline to learn a new discipline as a way of awakening fresh insights and inspiration. In that same spirit, we want to offer you a chance to take a risk and be creative in a way that might be fresh for you.
There are beautiful solutions to our biggest missional problems. Studio sessions are meant to join people who are about a common mission context or problem, to come together to work toward creative, communal and supernatural solutions.
The conference will be an experience of short talks and panels of artists from different disciplines including visual art, music, poetry and improvisors. Each artist will guide you into their creative process as we explore what it means to see mission as art.
LOOKING TO THE ARTIST
TO EMPOWER MISSIONAL CULTURE
Our form of church has always been a bit experimental and as a result the people we work with are unique; needing input beyond the usual thinking. We are desperate for people and ideas which will help us grow and continue to imagine more. Because we work with so many creative startups and because what we are trying to lead is so different we are searching for other sources of inspiration and insight into the work of mission. It is obvious to us that we live in what Seth Godin has called “the connector economy” which is defined by making art that makes connection, or what Paul Saffo has called the “creator economy” where people define their lives by what they can create, we want to look to the artist, for insights into how to engage in the mission of God in our time. There are commonalities, similar sensibilities and a worldview that comes from the life of a working artist. It is our belief that in our time the missionary is more of an artist than anything else.