Values-Driven Creative Arts Ministry – by Dan Dullen

The foundation of our Creative Arts ministry at Word of Life are the core values of the church. Finding ways to apply the core values strengthens the culture of our community and helps our team live out the purpose of the church. Here are some examples of practical ways we strive to accomplish our core values through ministry:

Relevant to Culture.
It is undeniable that our society has become dependent on the internet and social media as a source of information. This begs the question, “What does your church look like online?” I encourage you to develop an online strategy that fits your community, but the crux of engaging your audience online is creating high quality content. We have found canva.com to be a helpful tool for creating content. It’s a web-based design platform that is simple and easy to use. Plus, all features are free for non-profits.

Organized with Expectancy and Excellence.
Our team values a healthy balance of planning and flexibility. We utilize an arrangement sheet for each of our worship sets. This includes the song order, key, tempo, leader and order of song sections. Worship leaders plan the flow of each song with transitions, which helps our worship, and production team know what’s next. We plan with the expectation that God will lead us to places we haven’t planned for. Our preparation allows for obedience to the Spirit, embracing flexibility when necessary.

Loving and Community Based.
Services and rehearsals are very eventful, so we need more space to grow in community. We have regular team nights that could include worship, a message, vision talks, time to hang out and always food! We also use a group messaging app called GroupMe to stay connected. We share needs, prayer requests, celebrate answered prayers and important information. When our team is loving and caring for each other, we model biblical community from wherever we serve within the team.

Our community, much like yours, is full of hurting people in need of hope. There is too much at stake to not do everything we can to clearly and creatively present the Gospel at every chance we have. If worship is assigning worth to something, then imagine the implications of irreligious people in our services being compelled to WORSHIP Jesus Christ.

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 3.39.55 PMDan grew up attending Word of Life in Baldwinsville, NY.  He and his wife Tara have been in ministry together since they were married in June of 2008 and have two boys (Elias and Judah). They moved back home to serve on staff at WOL in April of 2013. Dan’s passion is to see people connect to God through creative arts.

@dandullen
Creative Arts Pastor
Word of Life Assembly of God

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