You're invited to explore creativity and the arts in congregations. In this highly interactive workshop, you will gain confidence to lead your congregation into a more imaginative and creative culture while learning how to cultivate the "creatives" already in your midst.
Workshop facilitator Lisa Cole Smith is the pastor of The Church at Convergence and the artistic director of the Convergence Arts Initiative. For the last 10 years, Convergence has been seeking out, nurturing and investing in artists and "creatives." Artists can offer a key component of what is necessary for mission and ministry in the 21st Century. They help congregations like yours to see your present situation with fresh perspective and lead you to envision a multiplicity of possible futures. This type of creativity leads to the vision of new alternatives and projected hope.
Following Convergence's example, your congregation can engage art-making as a means of creative and spiritual practice. It is a way to nourish souls and re-awaken imaginations and flame the passion for living in the fullness of whom God created us to be.
In this workshop, you will:
- consider concrete ways to cultivate a culture of creativity in your congregation.
- identify potential barriers to creativity in your congregation and explore ways to address them.
- gain insight into working effectively with creative people and introverts in your congregation.
- experience the power of improvisation and play in worship, discipleship and outreach.
- practice identifying creative opportunities with your congregation through the "Creative Resources Inventory."
The workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at First Friends Meeting, 3030 Kessler Blvd. E. Dr., Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person (or $25 per person for congregational teams of three or more registered together). This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, conversation and a copy of the book Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics by Samuel Wells. This workshop is limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."