Creative Church Arts Ideas?

You betcha!  And plenty of ’em. We identify and share a steady stream of ideas that inspire and stimulate creativity in the local church. We’d love to see whats going on in your church arts ministry! See contribute an idea to find out how to can share.

Why “Arts” and not just “Art”?

Glad you asked! Our references to “the arts” are intentional because we want to be inclusive of all art forms; painting, sculpture, dance, music, crafting, design, pottery, performance, etc. Sometimes the use of the word “art” is interpreted as visual art only, as in what you’d see at most art museums. We believe most, if not all art forms can have a place in the faith community.

Our Story

This the official blog of the New Renaissance Arts Movement, a non-profit 501 (c)(3). Since 2009, our mission has been to Connect and Equip Artists and Churches for a new creative Renaissance. We’ve done this on our main site by providing original content, sharing content and ideas from leaders in the arts, and by acting as a portal to cutting edge resources from other organizations. We also produce and host the biennial Creative Church Conferences, and distribute resources like Creative Church Arts Conference Recordings and The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation.

Creative Church Arts Ideas takes our mission to another level of interaction and weekly resource generation for creative churches around the world.

The New Renaissance Arts Movement was founded in 2009 as a reaction to exciting developments in the relationship between the church and the arts. (See more about that here.)

At this time in history God is bringing the arts to life in the Church and the culture. You are an essential part of that movement, whether you are the only artist in your church, or part of a mature arts ministry, an arts supporter or interested observer.  You’ll find many resources on this site and our TheNewR.org site to support in your journey toward a personal and universal spiritual and artistic renaissance.  Feel free to email us questions, thoughts and ideas at:  ArtsIdeas ( at ) thenewr.org

Our audacious goal is that every Christ-following church in existence would one day view the arts as a cherished way to celebrate and enjoy God’s love and presence and that they would learn to value and disciple the artists sovereignly placed in their congregations

Founder

The New Renaissance Arts Movement and CreativeChurchArtsIdeas were founded by arts advocate and author (Finding Divine Inspiration: Working With the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity and The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation),  J. Scott McElroy.

A Prayer for Renewal in the Arts

“Sovereign God, you are so much larger and greater than we have allowed ourselves to imagine!  Please quicken the imagination of your people around the world today! Please release divinely inspired creativity in your artists and churches.  Please bring the Church into leadership in all areas of creativity; even to a greater extent then ever in history, for you are the creative God and we are made in Your image! Teach us to collaborate with You.  Let us hear your voice more clearly then ever before, learn to use our gifts and take our place in the Body of Christ.  Let us take a giant step toward reaching the fulfillment of your final prayer on the earth, that we may be one, as You and the Father are one!  Bring a New Renaissance in our hearts, and then in the arts, so that your glory and love will be unavoidable evident in the world. Amen. Oh Yes!”