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The Arts are Necessary for the Life of the Church
In his Creative Church Handbook, J. Scott McElroy puts forward a broad and extraordinary vision for integrating the visual arts into churches. Early in the book, he makes a case for using the arts in church. In part, he notes:
What if [integration of the arts into church] is necessary for the maturity of the Body of Christ?… What if we need them in the church? (15, cited from a pre-release edition of the book)
I think the answer to these questions is a resounding positive–we do need the arts in church, not just for some notion of being “relevant” but additionally and more importantly for the healthy of the body of Christ. If we are not engaging the creative aspects of our members, we are doing a deep disservice to those same members as we fail to fully disciple them in Christ.
I highly recommend Creative Church Handbook to you, particularly if you are a leader in the church or have a desire for discipling.
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J. Scott McElroy Creative Church Handbook (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015).
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