FORT WORTH?Bruce Edwards, SBTC creative arts specialist, coordinated the first creative arts training event in SBTC history Feb. 13-14 at Southwestern Seminary. The meeting emphasized gaining skills and tools for use in worship, for building the church, missions, and evangelism.
Breakout sessions at the retreat taught numerous evangelism methods. Bruce Chadwick, an illusionist, led several sessions on using sleight of hand to share the gospel, educating church members about God’s character and works.
Faith Brady, a clown, helped show how clowning can attract people to the message of a loving God. Brady demonstrated the skill of using make-up and props to assist in the development of an effective character; she also taught ministry methods and ideas for using this form of outreach. Ferrell Marr, a puppet ministry expert, shared innovative ways to make puppets and use them in ministry.
The Company, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary drama team, led various breakout sessions and the full drama team led in a dinner theater. The drama team demonstrated how to use a dinner theater ministry in a local church for sharing the gospel.
Edwards is the education and children’s minister at First Baptist Church of Lakeside near Fort Worth. He has long recognized the potential for using creative arts in ministry in the places he has served and leads creative arts ministry conferences for LifeWay Christian Resources, said Ken Lasater, SBTC church ministry support associate.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Bruce’s caliber, with his expertise and desire, to help coordinate areas of this ministry,” Lasater said. “He is a gifted man. He loves the Lord and loves people, and wants to encourage churches to develop a wide range of methods to reach the lost and build the church.”
Lasater said more Creative Arts Retreats in Worship and Missions are planned. For information about next year’s event, call Ken Lasater at the SBTC office, 972-953-0878, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.