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Overview Life is filled with the creativity of God. From rich colours of sunsets to evocative sounds of music, our world displays His infinite imagination. As God's children, our Creator offers us a remarkable invitation to enrich His kingdom through our talents. Yet the desire to merge ministry with the arts often seems to inspire more questions than creativity. Cindy West draws from her rich experience as an innovator in connecting artistry with ministry and presents an inspiring challenge for artists and the church to collaborate for His glory. Churches and artists will find insightful help on topics of discovering and nurturing unique talents, identifying roles in creative ministry, and developing a worship-arts program in churches. Most of all, readers will be encouraged to Say Yes to the creative collaboration of a lifetime.
"What will you do with the powerful gift of art? "
It's a question for every artist. It's also a question for the church. And while both groups might come up with different answers, God offers a remarkable invitation that encompasses both and enriches the Kingdom at the same time. Life is filled with the creativity of God. From the rich colors of sunset to the evocative sounds of music, our world displays His infinite imagination. As God's children, our Creator offers us a remarkable invitation: (c) to enrich His Kingdom through our talents. (d) a divine collaboration with Him to enrich the church through creativity.
Yet often the desire to merge ministry with the arts seems to inspire more questions than creativity. Do I have talents to offer? Can God use my specific gifts? Is there even room for the arts in today's church?
Cindy West presents an inspiring challenge for artists and the church to collaborate for His glory. As the director of worship arts at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado, Cindy draws from her rich experience as an innovator in connecting artistry with ministry. Inside you'll find insights onDiscovering and nurturing your unique talentsFinding your role in creative ministryDeveloping a worship arts program in your church
Most of all, you'll be encouraged to say yes to the creative collaboration of a lifetime.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 1434799980 ISBN13 9781434799982
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More About Cindy West
Cindy West is a veteran homeschooler of three bright and active children ranging in age from 414. She holds a master's degree in education from Georgetown College and spent several years teaching elementary students in the public school system before coming home to teach her own children."
Cindy West currently resides in Lawrence, in the state of Kansas. Cindy West was born in 1952.
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Saying Yes May 22, 2010
This book is great. It's fun to read and informative. I know the author and think she did a great job on this subject while making her experiences fun to witness.
Challenging and Relevant Feb 17, 2009
Cindy West has written a gem.
In the middle ages and renaissance, Christianity was both the purpose and inspiration for all art - both musical and graphic. God is relevant to art today, and art is certainly relevant to God. "Saying Yes" is an inspirational challenge to make that connection, to bring the artist into the church and the church - and it's true purpose in God - into artists.
Ms. West uses a combination of wisdom and personal anecdotes (which make for some great reading!) to point out how churches would be better if they encouraged and used their artists, and how artists can be better if they are allowed to express themselves for God's glory.
I'm very concerned, unfortunately, that the audience who most need to read this book - Christian artists (music, graphic, others) working outside the church, and churches who could benefit greatly from the artists in their congregations - won't discover this challenge. I've bought a few copies of this excellent treatise for fellow musicians who need a challenge.
Encouragement for Artists Jan 11, 2009
The first time I met Cindy West, she encouraged me as an artist. Writers are too aren't they?
This book is written for and about artists and their walk with their Creator. Full of inspiration it will make you laugh, cry, fall on your knees in prayer and finally praises to the one who made artists with all their wonderful ideas. That includes all mediums of art and creativity.
Cindy's personal story encourages us all who stumble and fall to press on in the mark of high calling. Not only does she share her heart but shares how to help others move forward.
I have had the privilege of knowing Cindy and being taught under her humble spirit as she seeks God first for answers to Worship.