September 19, 2011
Over 60 arts advocates and practitioners from over 20 nations gathered at All Nations Christian College near London to learn how to effectively engage music and the arts in cross-cultural contexts. Arts in Mission 2011: Training for Cross-Cultural Ministry became a historic training event.
Participants praised AiM 2011 as a transformational experience. One participant from India stated, “I now have the tools to learn more…of understanding the artistic culture of the community where I serve.” “I cannot think of any moment in mission history when such a seminal event of thoughtful and competent equipping for arts in mission has taken place. It was a delight to witness what God is doing,” said Dr. Bill Taylor, Mission Commission senior mentor.
Many ministries spend much time, money and effort into cross-cultural ministry but often fail to adequately engage local culture. This training event focused on successful local engagement according to Dr. Brian Schrag’s new field manual called Researching and Creating Together: How Local Artists Can Help Communities Reach Their Kingdom Goals. Its full volume is to be released in 2012 by William Carey Library.
Co-sponsors for AiM 2011 were All Nations Christian College (ANCC), the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE), SIL International, and the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Planning team members included Frank Fortunato (OM), Bill Harris (OM), Cory Cummins (SIL), Jill Ford (Coordinator of the ANCC arts diploma program), and Ian and Helen Collinge (WEC). Instructors included Brian Schrag (SIL), Robin Harris (ICE), and Julisa Rowe (ACT Int’l).
The next Arts in Mission event is tentatively planned for 2014. For information about future training events or the publication of the manual, email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list. The Mission Commission Arts in Mission Task Force was created in Pattaya Thailand in 2008 with a purpose to infuse all MC partners with a vision of how the Spirit of God uses all of the arts in every culture in the mission of God.
The WEA is the most comprehensive and representative Evangelical body in the world today. Established in 1846, the WEA is a movement of growing influence in the early 21st century by equipping, connecting and speaking on behalf of its global constituency. WEA serves 129 national evangelical alliances, hundreds of associate member alliances, totaling over 600 million evangelical Christians, uniting all to transform the nations.