Congregations are increasingly asking artists to create art for their worship spaces. What is the difference between decorating the sanctuary and creating worship art? How do you help your community welcome the art and the artist? How do you invite everyone in your faith community to art projects they will understand and appreciate? How can you get and keep pastoral support and encouragement? Hear real-world examples from two artists who have worked with very limited church budgets, adapting, collaborating and encouraging meaningful art-making for the worship space, while also building community.
Geoffrey Isley is a graphic designer by day and quilter by night, and enjoys working on worship arts teams at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, Pennsylvania, USA. He started the church art gallery in 2008, and has created art for his congregation for many years. He is a 1987 graduate of Messiah College.