Report: Arts in Mission 2011: Training for Cross-Cultural Ministry

This historic training event, Arts in Mission 2011: Training for Cross-Cultural Ministry, was held at All Nations Christian College, north of London in September 2011. Some 60 arts advocates and practitioners from more than 20 nations gathered to learn how to effectively study and engage music and other art forms in cross-cultural contexts.

Participants included Christian artists, mission leaders, trainers and   facilitators who are incorporating the arts within their mission.  A focus of the conference was the review and edit of a training manual, written to give guidance to ethnodoxology.

Attendees repeatedly praised AiM 2011 as a transformational experience.

“I now realize that I have not even scratched the surface of understanding the artistic culture of the community where I serve… I now have the tools to learn more!” said a participant from India.

“I think the most important thing about attending is seeing a framework for promoting and/or contextualizing indigenous art forms to achieve ‘Kingdom Goals,’ with the native communities owning the process and perpetuating the outcomes from within.”—Scott Rayl, USA

“The most inspiring component of AiM 2011 was the people I met; it was a reminder of all the facets of God’s kingdom at work and the opportunities for future partnership.  Also very helpful: clarity in understanding where we (OM Artslink) fit in the spectrum of arts in mission work.”—Mat Carson, Director, OM Arts School of Mission, Italy

AiM 2011 was a first: a milestone in learning to nurture the arts within indigenous people groups.  Dr. Bill Taylor, Mission Commission senior mentor, represented the MC and stated, “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.”

The next Arts in Mission event is tentatively planned for 2014. To keep informed about future training events or the publication of the manual, write to ArtsInMission@gmail.com and ask to be added to the mailing list.

For the full WEA press release about AiM 2011, go here http://www.worldevangelicals.org/news/article.htm?id=3718&cat=main

Videos:

http://vimeo.com/30109670 – 3 minutes

http://vimeo.com/30090344 – 6 minutes

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