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"Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house."-- Proverbs 24:27
The author, Rory Noland, goes on to say, "In other words, make sure you're in a good place financially before you buy a house so you don't go into a mortgage that's beyond your means."If you're wondering to yourself... what does this have to do with music?
Well, earlier the author explains about a young lady who was in the ministry with her mom and dad and that they had divorced when she was very young. She and her mom had financial hardships since the dad was not providing child support. Eventually, her dad ended up leading worship in an out-of-state church. You can imagine the dissonance such a situation would create for any young person. She asked the author, "How can my dad lead worship and neglect his own daughter? "... The author said he didn't know how to answer.
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An excellent resource for both individuals and arts ministry teams, the book includes slice-of-church-life scenarios, group discussion questions, and personal action steps.
From the Back Cover• Great for individual or group use
• Includes provocative discussion questions and practical action steps
• Features four-color art plates and literary quotes
It’s not easy being an Artist in the church.
But whatever your passion—music, visual art, drama, dance, writing, technical arts—you can not only survive, but thrive. And the rewards far outweigh the pressures of weekly services, artistic differences, and relational conflicts. After all, where else could you consistently make a contribution of eternal significance, experience deep community with other artists, and grow closer to God as a result?
Thriving as an Artist in the Church is a practical guide, full of wisdom and pastoral guidance, that will help you surmount the obstacles and flourish in your ministry. It’s packed with examples, discussion questions, personal action steps, and mega-doses of encouragement. Most important, it tackles the real-life issues every artist in the church has to deal with:
• Sustaining passion • Developing key relational skills
• Dealing with rejection and failure • Cultivating confidence
• Resolving artistic differences
• And much more!
Written by an artist for artists, this book will help make your ministry experience sustainable and life-giving so you can fall in love with the church all over again.A composer, songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church.
Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help for You and Your Ministry Team (Willow Creek Resources)
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C. S. Lewis