The Creative Church Handbook Tuesday May 12th on Amazon!

I am so excited to announce that The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation has been released by InterVarsity Press (IVP)! This book has been the main focus of my work for the last … Continued

Why The Church Needs The Arts–Videos 1 &2 From Scott Erickson

I first saw the work of artist Scott Erickson several years ago through the By/For project. I was intrigued by his fresh and imaginative spiritual symbolism. He merges whimsical illustrations with organic objects and intricate designs with bold visual statements.  His paintings … Continued

Unlocking the Hearts of Artists in Asheville

Last summer an artist friend forwarded a link for a creative conference in Asheville, NC called the Gathering of Artisans.  Now, I love the mountainous, artsy area around Asheville (including the Biltmore, which my family visited several years ago as the leaves were … Continued

How to Start an Arts Ministry in Your Church

By J. Scott McElroy and Jessie Nilo Just imagine if the local church became the place in culture to experience beauty, creativity, and transcendence. Hundreds of years ago churches were, in many ways, centers for these experiences. Somehow, over time … Continued

A Weekend of Kingdom Creativity

I led an overnight creativity retreat in early October, and had high hopes for what would happen when a group of artists got together for a weekend of listening to the Holy Spirit and creating art. The reality actually exceeded … Continued

Story Conference Chicago, 2010

In summer of this year a packet of  mysterious and highly creative postcards arrived in the mail. They announced a creative conference that seemed almost too good to be true: Story Chicago was billed as an event “for the creative class … Continued

Mel Gibson’s Meltdown: A Cautionary Tale for Christian Artists

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV I’ve been praying for … Continued

INFUSE Conference, July 30-31st

Here is info on the INFUSE conference in the Denver area later this month. I’ll be giving the keynote. Hope to see you there! Holy Spirit-Led Worship, Instruction and Community. Workshops include: -Journaling and Psalms -Spirit-Led Collaborative Painting -Redeeming Science … Continued

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