After spending 7 months sitting at the writing-table with the new book, I’m venturing out for a couple of great speaking opportunities in July.
If you are in the Midwest, consider attending Karitos 2014 in Chicago, July 10-12. It’s their 20th anniversary and I’m honored to give a featured address and lead three workshops: “How to Better Hear God’s Voice in Your Creativity”, “The Joy of Personal Prophetic Art”, and “Practical Ideas for Bringing the New Creative Renaissance into Your Church and Your Culture”. More information at http://Karitos.com.
Then it’s on to the long-awaited Creative Church Conference 2014 in Boise, July 25-27! If you at all interested in encouraging the arts and creativity in the church, you should join us! This year’s lineup of speakers and activities is stellar. This year’s theme is “The Artist in Community”. Speakers include:
- Dr. Colin Harbinson (Stoneworks Global Art Initiative)
- Jessie Nilo (VineArts Boise)
- Jason Leith (Artist, Director of Arts, Saddleback Church )
- Manuel Luz (Imagine That, Worship Director at Oak Hills Church)
- Dave Blakeslee (Potter and Pastor)
- Bryn Gillette (Artist)
- Andrew Nemr (Dance Artist)
- Cecilia Brie Tschoepe (Actor, Writer, Director)
- and many more.
(Look for profiles on each speaker over the next couple of weeks on the New Renaissance Facebook page. )
Plus, plenty of workshops, creative free time, performances, interaction with other artists and leaders, and more.
And, it’s only $75!
The event is sponsored by VineArts Boise and The New Renaissance Arts Movement (a department of ACT Intl).
New book on the way!
You may have noticed that we had planned to do a Creative Church Conference in Indy this year, as well. The New Renaissance Arts Movement, which I direct, is the main sponsor of the Indy event, and one of our biggest priorities is to get a new book out about the arts in the church. IVP (InterVarsity Press) offered to publish the book last year and I began working on it full time last November. That process took considerably longer than expected and the first draft was completed in May. Since I was tied up writing, we decided to consolidate this year’s Creative Church Conferences into the one in Boise. (We plan to do Indy again in 2016.)
Now the new book is in the editing process at IVP and we have an official title: The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation. We expect it to release in Spring 2015. Thanks to all who have prayed and contributed during this process!