Dear Lausanne ARTS Advocates and interested Teammates — Dr. Byron Spradlin here with a word of encouragement about what we can do in and through the LausanneARTS Network this 2019 year.
Since each one of us is short of funding, and often time as well, I’m suggesting (and challenging) you to pray about doing LausanneARTS efforts right in your particular city or region. I know we all like to “go and be involved in” something others initiate — especially because each of us often feels like our small efforts are not as valuable as the LARGE efforts that sound so glamorous.
But here’s my suggestion/challenge/plea: Ask GOD to release you to do two regional “Round Tables” entitled “Artist in Ministry and Missions.” Get on the phone and get commitments from 10 of your colleagues to attend and present. Ask each colleague to come prepared to do at 15 presentation on “Why Artist Are So Crucial to Church and Missions Ministry.” After each session — have a Question & Answer 20 minute session. Plan a lunch. Invite your Pastor to come and give a 10 biblical challenge to start you off. Sing for 15 minutes songs that focus on the LORD, sking HIS presence to be seen; pray, and move into the discussions. Close the same way.
If you can, video each of the presentations. Then send your presentations to my video person (Dave Rankin, in Dallas Tx. (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will cover the costs of editing these clips. Then I will see that these clips get onto our website, www.lausanneARTS.org — in a gentle progress.
The point of this note is this: Actually there are about 55 of us around the world. We’re all busy, and most of us underfunded. So to do something large is not really the answer. But we need to do ’some things’; (And then try to report back and see if we can 1) create a bit more community; 2) articulate better the needs artists have related to being embraced and deployed by the Church; 3) clarify the problems and perspectives that Pastors and Church Leaders have concerning artists and arts in ministry; 4) initiate more relationships, on the ground, between artists and church leaders.
If we “each” do something, then together “all of us together” will have done a great deal — and it will be local, customized, and hopefully helpful in clear and even measurable ways.
If each of us does two events, then we will have, together, done more than 100 events that will spawn connection, understanding, vision, and action.
Keep me posted if you are willing to commit to something like what I’ve proposed.
Blessings to you —
Dr. Byron Spradlin
Lausanne Arts Network Catalyst