Creative Arts and Mission

Issue #42

Editorial

The theme of this edition of Imagine is Creative Arts and Mission. We highlight a number of WEC artists who serve as agents of the transforming power of the Arts. God is using the Arts, and in particular WEC’s creative arts ministry Arts Release, to touch and reach people in surprising ways. For example, through ethnomusicology, a term you may not be familiar with. But God is using it to help people worship Him in their own language with their own music style. You can find out more on page 6.

“Art makes deeply personal connections. Better still, it has the potential to transform, even redeem culture and society. We believe the creative arts are a God-ordained means of global mission, ministry to the multicultural body of Christ, and worship of the Creator of all cultures. Read with amazement at God’s creativity and with an open heart. For, as always, opportunities abound!” (WEC NZ Go Into, Winter 2018. Used with permission.)

Denise Rhodes, Editor

Creatively proclaiming the gospel

They say music is the universal language. This is true on the streets of Turkey, where earphones protrude from the ears of so many; from teenage skateboarders to head-covered carpet weavers. So God has raised up artists with a range of gifts, and we’re increasingly using a diversity of art forms to attract people to his message: theatre, dance, mime, visual arts, martial arts, unicycling, clowning, illusion and even yo-yo tricks! We embrace creativity and excellence, whatever the medium, to see Muslims attracted to Christ.

Articles in this Issue

TACO: Creatively proclaiming the Gospel

They say music is the universal language. This is true on the streets of…

STOMP - running children's programmes

Is your church or university Christian Union able to bring together a team to…

The arts strike home

Arts Release is a creative arts ministry of WEC International, a network of WEC…

Ethnomusicology - what's it all about

Ethnomusicology – the study of music in different cultures – has existed for…

When a church in crisis wants to dance…

In 2013 a small group of believers in the Middle East was meeting for worship…

Drama to disciple

Usually drama is seen as entertainment in seeker-friendly services, for…

Resonance - Bringing worldwide worship…

Over a decade ago, WEC missionary and ethnomusicologist Ian Collinge had the…

From Mexico to Worldview

How do you become the Principals of a college dedicated to cross-cultural…

WEC Mission Interns

Have you ever considered becoming a cross-cultural worker? Would you like to…