Monday, October 5, 2009

It seems God is birthing a lot of Spiritual energy through His artists. My family and I have been full time missionaries for 8 years. We worked with Youth With A Mission in the past, but have just transitioned to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP-KC) The Forerunner Arts department here is so new- new here and new for the Body of Christ. It seems everything we do is uncharted. Last night we had our first drawing 101 and acting 101 classes. About 35 came for the drawing class and about 12 for the acting. I was at the drawing class and had a lot of fun. This is just a small indication of the awareness the Lord is bringing to the visual arts. I have been praying and studying the word for over a year to grab onto some sort of language to describe what is going on. Forerunner Arts here at IHOP-KC is birthed out of the prayer room. I don't think we can go wrong there. The pieces that I work on in studio are birthed directly out of times of intercession in the prayer room. I do all my preliminary drawings and sketches for a piece while I intercede. This method is still in the developmental stages, but that is how I desire to have all forerunner art to be produced. I do not consider these pieces to be personal work, but acts of worship to be used as proclaimers of something the Lord desires to speak. I might do a commission like a portrait or landscape or mural for some one, but those things I designate as personal work. Yes, Holy Spirit dwells in me, and ANY work I do is given over to Him, but I consider forerunner art as work specifically birthed by the Lord through time spent with Him. Its purpose is to proclaim His voice and it is completely given over to Him. There are still a lot of gray areas in this. Among artists actually working for a ministry like IHOP, accountability measures must be very strong in regards to time spent in studio. Still working on the nuts and bolts of this. Any thoughts? Any suggestions?