I recently read How to Discourage Artists in the Church by Wheaton College president, Philip Ryken and he graciously agreed to offer it as a guest post here on Art, Life & Faith. You’ll be encouraged to know that not only as a pastor and college president is Ryken a lover and supporter of the arts, he is also the author of Art for God’s Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts. This is a wonderful essay about understanding how artists are discouraged in the Church by other Christian’s lack of artistic understanding and what do with those of us who have creative callings.
If we desire to see the arts thrive in the Church and create life-giving culture, we must help others understand what it means to support those who have the creative calling of “artist”. I hope you’ll share How to Discourage Artists in the Church with your family, friends, and church leadership today.