Thursday, May 23, 2013

Outreach and the Artist–Book Review

Book Description:

Whether you are an artist whose talents are an untapped source of energy for your church or a ministry leader wanting to involve artists and the creative arts in your outreach efforts, Outreach and the Artist will renew your vision. Musician and biblical scholar Con Campbell offers encouragement, wisdom, and practical tips for evangelism with, through, and to the arts:

Evangelism with the Arts - While the abilities of Christian artists may serve the church internally, artists within the church usually have enormous untapped potential for outreach.

Evangelism through the Arts - People’s natural love for various artistic mediums provides a connection-point to exploring life’s big questions with unbelievers in non-threatening and engaging ways.

Evangelism to the Arts - Christian artists are uniquely positioned to make an impact in artistic networks, which often have no Christian witness or presence and tend to be shut off from conventional methods of outreach.

Spreading the gospel is a task worth every God-given resource we have, and artists and their creative gifts are no exception.

My Thoughts:

I like the way Con Campbell wrote this book.  There’s no name dropping of all the famous people he may have played with.  There’s no “I have arrived, you must do it my way”.  

What you will find, is Campbell’s own story of how God allowed him to use his love for jazz to reach out to the world with the message of Jesus.  Pretty simple, or at least you’d think so.  However in Outreach and the Artist, Campbell opens the readers eyes to some things that don’t work, and why, as far as outreach.  As my mother has said before “learn from my mistakes and you won’t have to make them.”  Same thing here, learn from Con’s mistakes.

You’ll also find 7 artist profiles laced throughout the book.  Again, no name dropping, as I personally have NO clue who any of these folks are.  What they do share is in what they have used their art form to minister, what doors have opened and what obstacles they’ve had to overcome, or even endure.

If you, or your church is wanting to reach out to the artsy community, this would make a great jumpstart.  Or maybe you have an art form that people just don’t seem to “get”.  Even those quirky arts can be used to the glory of God.  He is, after all, the ultimate Creator!

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing for review purposes.  I received no other compensation, nor was I required to write a positive review.

No comments: