Worship & Arts
Among the highest priorities for the people of God is to become the
Bride of Christ, loving her Lord, and participating in the passions
and purposes of his heart. The Bride shares her love to Christ through
her worship, and declares Christ's love to the world through
witness. A people passionately in love with Jesus will find
appropriate expressions of that love through lavish worship. In turn,
they will also seek meaningful ways to share God's love for the world
through appropriate witness. Both the worship and witness demonstrate
the attractiveness of the Gospel. Artistic expressions through music
and various communication art forms have been powerful tools to help
God's people accomplish these dual roles.
The mandate of the Worship and Arts track is to mobilize and enable
the numerous worship, music, and arts related movements which God has
been raising up on all continents, and throughout all branches of
biblical Christianity to a greater use of worship and artistic
expressions as part of the task of seeing a vital church for every
people and making the Gospel available for every person by the year AD
- We recognize that many churches in their present state
cannot make a significant contribution to vital worship or effective
outreach because they have left their first love and find themselves
in a relatively powerless state. Because of this, revival or church
renewal or awakening is an essential first step to becoming a truly
worshipping and effectively witnessing church.
- We recognize, as well, that the most effective worship and
artistic expressions are those that are culturally relevant and
contextualized to local situations. We endeavor to esteem the beauty
and richness and variety of the world's redeemed cultures.
- The Worship and Arts track does not assume the
responsibility of creating new worship and arts ministries. This is
the work of the Holy Spirit. Our task is rather to identify those
ministries already involved in Biblical worship and effective artistic
communication of the Gospel and to interconnect them in a way which
will enhance the possibilities of each of them becoming all that God
wants them to be. As such, we desire to promote a worldwide network of
information and resources on worship and artistic communication for
the entire Body of Christ.
- Form an international steering committee for the Worship and
Arts Track, drawing from existing networks, like the USA-based Music
and Missions Coalition, Marches for Jesus, and other networks
- Develop a database of worship and artistic communication
ministries worldwide to inspire networking of existing ministries.
- Develop an international English AD 2000 Worship and Arts
newsletter to go to English speaking ministries, to inform and enable
ministries in Biblical and cultural understanding of worship, music
and the arts in building the Body of Christ.
- Develop similar regional editions of an AD 2000 Worship and
Arts newsletter with indigenous staff to write appropriate materials
for the targeted regional and national audiences.
- Work with leadership in existing worship and artistic
communication ministries to sponsor area workshops, seminars, worship
- Develop a database of Christian recording studios worldwide,
for the purpose of encouraging the recording of local and national
musicians and worship leaders. Work with existing Christian recording
companies and interested mission agencies to find and encourage expert
personnel to train engineers and local musicians to form inexpensive
recording studios and basic music publishing facilities in nations and
areas where they do not exist.
- Where appropriate, develop an international computer network
of musicians using midi and email communications systems, to share and
exchange midi files of songs, and encourage the use of standard midi
file equipment. Find and encourage expert personnel to train
interested local musicians in the use of midi, computer music
notation, etc. in nations and areas where they do not exist.
- Work with the international offices of AD 2000, March for
Jesus, and other international worship ministries to develop plans for
the December, 1999 and December, 2000 global worship celebrations in
Coordinator, AD 2000 Music & Art Network
Director, Artists in Christian Testimony
Co-Coordinator, AD 2000 Music & Art Network
Director of Music, Operation Mobilisation