The arts are an ongoing dialog in which people explore what it means to be human. The territory of Art contains mostly questions: What is love? Why am I here? What is the meaning of life?
The Church should have much to offer in this conversation, but for the last few hundred years most churches have not contributed. In fact we’ve condemned or neglected numerous disciplines of beauty, artificially fragmenting the legacy of our creative Father which should have been ours all along.
As a result, generations of Christians have been deprived from personally connecting spiritual truth through the astounding depth and revelation art has to offer. Creativity dwells in the deepest, innermost part of our being, that central place of epiphany, metaphor, connection, and revelation. This deep place of our inner being is also the same place where we experience intimate relationship with the living Christ. To neglect that place is to be disconnected with life.
Growing simultaneously in the realm of faith and art is cause to shout for joy! As we’ve watched dozens of artists come out of the woodwork from isolation, this ministry has for many become a second home where they can rest in the love of artistic community while growing in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Click here for stories of artists who have been blessed and empowered by having a local art ministry.
VineArts is the local art ministry of Vineyard Boise Church. We empower and equip artists and non-artists to explore and develop their God-given creativity while educating and challenging people to grow artistically and spiritually.
VineArts began in 2004 with a school desk and a hand-written signup sheet. (Click here for the story of how we began). Today this ministry has a large studio and 60 to 70 active participants at any given time, many of whom are not from our church. We’re passionate about serving God, the church, our community, and artists.
VineArts is for artists and for non-artists. That pretty much covers everyone. Why everyone? God made humans in His image, and that means we all are creative.
Discovering and developing your God-given creativity makes you more fully alive. We can help you find your imagination and heart. It takes courage if you’ve never been here before, or if it’s been a long time. Through art you can learn to heal, worship, appreciate, play, express, explore, and communicate.
And if you’re a career artist, we want to invest in your development. Artistically, we’ll cheer you on. Spiritually, we’ll come alongside you in your journey. Maybe you feel alone and misunderstood. Maybe perfectionism is killing you, or harsh critiques have left you wounded. As Rory Noland says, “The world doesn’t need more thick-skinned people.” Artists are created to feel deeply, and we need each other to survive. God is for you. We are for you.
Not every church has an art ministry, and not every artist has a church. So come and play, regardless of whether you’re a member of Vineyard Boise. Whether you’re in Idaho or somewhere else in the world, please join the conversation. Tell us how God’s moving in the arts in your location, or how He’s stirring your own creative heart.