Telling Our Stories in Worship

Carol WehrheimTelling Our Stories

“I was driving on a very, very, snowy, icy, visibility-zero highway.” With these words, the congregation quieted waited for the next line. A congregational member was telling the story, the testimony, of another member, anonymous to the teller and the congregation. For two years, the congregation of Nassau Presbyterian Church heard these stories in the worship service. The stories were rich with meaning and filled with faith. They brought tears and laughter. Listening, we marveled … Read More

Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Adam Walker CleavelandEducators Making the Future

I have a confession to make. I never really liked children’s ministry. And I hated children’s sermons. Now, as the founder of Illustrated Children’s Ministry, that sounds a little odd. But let me explain. First of all, when I say I hated children’s sermons, I should clarify that I hated the way they were usually  done in churches I served and visited. So often the children’s sermon or children’s moment or Moment for the Young … Read More

The Educator as Artist: Transforming the Worship/Learning Environment 

Carmel TinnesThe Artist as Educator

Designing education or worship is an opportunity to bring together many elements and create a gestalt where each included element adds a layer of meaning and builds something not otherwise included, making the result greater than the sum of its parts. The content of education or worship is important, but that is only the beginning! Once content is determined, an education or worship event is built by exploring the following elements: space, color, image and … Read More

The Artist as Educator: Making Art in Your Bible

Lisa Nichols HickmanThe Artist as Educator

Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of your Bible began with a prayer. After the death of Rich Gordon, his family entrusted me with his Bible. I quickly learned he was a margin writer. For years I thought about the notes and prayers he had written into scripture.  I began to wonder how this scriptural discipline he loved, and was shaped by, might be shared with others so they could learn … Read More

Art: the Act of Creation and Invitation 

Theresa ChoThe Artist as Educator

For many of us, considering the use of art in worship and in ministry can illicit two emotions. We may feel inadequate or incompetent to produce good art. We may also imagine art in worship and in ministry to be like a craft store blowing up in our sanctuary space. However, art is merely the act of creation and invitation. As artists, we are mediators between what is and what could be. Art is a … Read More

The Christian Educator as Instructor and Illuminator   

Sybil MacBethThe Artist as Educator

About seven years ago, Memphis Theological Seminary asked me to be their “artist-in-residence” for the year. Their ironic invitation made me laugh out loud. I am a third-generation Sybil; my mother and grandmother, for whom I am named, were fine artists–oil painters and sculptors. For me visual art has always been a source of deep shame. With my maternal legacy of name and genes, I should be able to draw and paint. The reality is … Read More