Conference Highlights Importance of the Arts in Today’s Church
Long ignored by many church leaders, the arts are now playing a key role in growing churches across the country. A Chicago conference that has been equipping Christians for ministry through the arts is extending an invitation to Senior Pastors to be their guests and learn more about this powerful form of ministry.
The 14th edition of the Karitos Christian Arts Conference will be held July 31-August 2 at Living Water Community Church in Bolingbrook, IL. With nearly 100 workshops covering all areas of the arts, general sessions each afternoon offering challenging messages by nationally-recognized speakers, and evening celebrations featuring extravagant worship and exciting performances, pastors have a unique opportunity to see the beauty and power of the arts when used to glorify God.
Speakers at this years conference include: Bob Sorge, whose book, Exploring Worship, is considered by many to be the finest ever written on today’s worship, visual artist and sculptor Richard Hight, and actor Alan Atwood. Other teachers include Tony Payne, Dean of the Music Conservatory at Wheaton College, Theo Williams, Director of Mimeistry International in Pasadena, CA, and New Zealand native Vivien Hibbert, Director of the Worship Conservatory, a web-based training school for music ministers.
Many churches have used Karitos both as a resource when looking for a guest artist and as a place to send their own people for training. The conference site, Living Water Church, designed with the arts in mind, might be of interest to pastors considering building a new church.
More information on Karitos 2008 is available on their website, Karitos.com, or by contacting Bob Hay @ (847) 749-1284 or bob (at) karitos.com