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Community Arts for God’s Purposes available in 7 languages

How to Create Local Artistry Together

Brian Schrag and Julia Rowe

Have you been inspired by our ethnodoxology collection and are now are looking for a short practical resource to teach the concepts to believers from other cultures? Then look no further. Community Arts for God's Purposes is the short version of our Creating Local Arts Together manual. Enjoy the translations available and know that more are coming.

People communicate by speaking words in over seven thousand languages around the world. They also sing, dance, paint, preach, dramatize, and design communication that enlivens heart, soul, mind, and strength. God gave every community unique gifts of artistic expression to enable its members to proclaim the Truth and to bring healing, hope, and joy to others in the fallen world in which we live.

Community Arts for God's Purposes highlights the CLAT (Creating Local Arts Together) method, a seven-step process that inspires artistic creativity and collaboration with local musicians, dancers, storytellers, actors, and visual artists. In this manual, the arts are treated as special kinds of communication systems, connected to specific times, places, and social contexts. As local communities use the creative gifts developed in their particular culture to worship God and extend his kingdom, a beautiful example of the Lord’s complex artistry emerges.

This book helps communities draw on examples and insights from over two thousand years of church history to understand and improve the present. It motivates people by painting a vivid picture of a better future: the kingdom of Heaven. Contributors also apply expertise from multiple academic disciplines, such as ethnomusicology, performance studies, anthropology, biblical studies, and missiology.

Experiment with this manual. Adapt it to your setting. Let it be an aid in creating astounding bits of artistry on earth that you’ll recognize in Heaven.


  • Pages: 88

  • Publisher: William Carey Publishing

  • Binding: paperback

  • Publish Year: 2020

  • ISBN: 9781645081807

  • Vendor: William Carey Publishing


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