The Journey Core Values Part III: Creativity
Creativity will be a core value of The Journey because we believe that God is an artist and that He desires for His Church to embrace and utilize the arts to their fullest potential.
If you would like to read some of my thoughts on the arts and worship, I would encourage to check out this entry that I wrote last February.
Sandra and I share a love for the arts and because of that, we tend to find ourselves attracting artistic types of people. Most artists feel rejected or excluded from the church for a variety of reasons. We want to help restore the role of the artist and the arts in the church by encouraging artists to use their gifts during our celebrations, our outreach events, our Community Life Groups, anywhere and anytime.
I often hear people say that we are trying to compete with the culture by being creative. As I pointed out in my post on Worship and the Arts, I do not think that we are, nor do I think we should even try, to compete with culture. No matter how talented our actors may be, we cannot compete with Hollywood. What we need to do instead, is to create culture: to use the arts to enhance the Biblical narrative, to convey the message of grace and truth that we intend to share, to support the powerful messages of the Gospel. In this way we leverage the arts for the purpose of furthering God’s kingdom plan instead of attempting to merely compete with the kingdom of this world.