Creative Disaster Ministry Handbook

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VISION

Violence, terrorism, natural disasters, public crises are all too common in today’s world and they are increasing.

The local church must respond with compassion and hope, meeting immediate needs when we can. But is there more we can do?

I’m Scott McElroy , author of Creative Church Handbook and director of the non-profit New Renaissance Arts Movement .

I believe the arts and creativity provide unique and powerful vehicles to help local churches respond and convey God’s heart in times of tragedy and crisis.  I'm asking for your funding help to complete an important new resource, the CreativeChurch Disaster and Crisis Ministry Handbook, that will detail this powerful form of ministry. 

ENDORSEMENT

"I really want to be encouraging of what you’re doing. I think the arts have an important role and it’s been underdeveloped, especially in the church. If you think about how people make sense of going through a trauma or if you look at the US when we’ve responded, the arts are helping us understand what’s going on, and make meaning, and give hope. So, I think it’s so important what you’re doing and I’m excited about this project you’re working on."
Dr. Jamie Aten, Director, Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Author, Disaster Ministry Handbook

PROJECT SCOPE

There are 2 areas of arts ministry in and through the local church this Handbook will focus on: 

1)   Engaging the arts within our local churches to help congregations process and intercede for disasters and crises both near and far. Jesus told us to not be anxious, but to have compassion on those who are hurting.  We can’t remain disengaged from the suffering that is going on in the world. Through the arts, creativity, and beauty,  we can mourn with those who mourn, empathize with suffering, and intercede right where we are. 

Artists are specially positioned to assist in that. The arts can help us process emotions, facilitate healing, help us pray or intercede, unite us, or lead us into worship. Musicians, dancers, painters, craftsman, poets in our congregations can be empowered to respond to current events with their art form and help the congregation express God’s heart for people and situations in turmoil. The new Creative Church Disaster and Crisis Ministry Handbook will offer guidelines, and case studies for how this works right in our local congregations. (See our Facebook page  posts for some  examples.)

2)  Engaging the arts in outreach ministry efforts during the recovery and rebuilding phase after a disaster or crisis.  Local churches can offer creative outreach ministry remotely or on the ground that brings beauty in devastation, hope in tragedy, caring in in times of despair. The arts and creativity are proven to be effective vehicles for healing of trauma, and the sharing of God’s love, peace, and grace in ways that can be felt and experienced, slipping past the intellect and penetrating the heart. This new book will provide practical frameworks, ideas, and case studies for the uses of the arts in church outreach ministry in the recovery and rebuilding phase after a tragedy.

The majority of disaster relief in most crises comes from faith-based organizations, and yes, the local church should step in with supplies, manpower, materials, and finances when we can in disaster and crisis situations, to minister the dire and immediate physical needs. But God's plan is even bigger than meeting immediate physical needs. He is the God who IS creativity, beauty, healing, and restoration; the God who brings beauty from ashes. He designed the arts and creativity to convey these aspects of his character; bringing hope and healing, beauty and compassion to spirits, souls, and emotions in times of crisis. The CreativeChurch Disaster and Crisis Ministry Handbook will help churches everywhere respond and minister more effectively through the use of the creativity and the arts when disaster and crisis hits.

Would you help us make this important resource available to local churches all over the world by contributing now to our go fund me launch campaign?  

TAX DEDUCTIBLE


Your contributions will be sent through the New Renaissance Art Movement  non-profit, (a department of ACT Intl .) making them tax deductible.

USE OF FUNDS


Your contributions will help support the many months of extensive research, interviews, case study gathering, editing, and writing required to complete this project.  Without this support I can not allot the time required to complete the book.

CASE STUDIES

If you know of instances where ministry with the arts and creativity brought expression, hope, or healing in the Response or Recovery/Rebuilding phase of a disaster or crisis situation, please connect with me! Scott (at) TheNewR.org

BONUSES:  Here are some bonuses to stay thank you for your contributions! The new book should be completed sometime in 2019, so it won't ship to you until completion,  but the other bonuses will ship when you contribute. (Note: The title of the CreativeChurch Disaster & Crisis Ministry Handbook and cover may be adjusted. )

Yes, this chart is quite busy! If you have any questions, please email me: Scott (at) TheNewR.org .   Blessings, and thanks for your support!
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